Painted Trillium Socks


August’s edition of #operationsockdrawer are all about the yarn. Woolberry Fiber Co. Simple Sock in the Painted Trillium is an exclusive colorway made for Wool & Honey’s Sleep Bear Yarn Club.

 The photo doesn’t do this hand painted yarn justice. Fades from creamy white to blush with flecks ranging from fushia to a deep berry, I wanted a simple pattern to let the colors sing. I chose Vanilla Latte Socks, a simple 6×2 rib that gave it just enough interest while still being mindless enough for watching TV or while waiting at Joe’s music lessons. 

Gable Stripes


July’s entry for #operationsockdrawer was technically done at the end of June, but I wasn’t able to finish washing and blocking them until after our vacation. 

This self-striping yarn is from Nomadic Yarns, an indie dyer on Etsy, and the colorway is “Anne with an E” – inspired by Anne of Green Gables. It was rather addicting to knit and was perfectly soft and cozy for socks. They’ll feel wonderful warm this fall. I had some Anzula Squishy leftover from this pair, and it was just enough for the contrasting heel/toe. It definitely added another level of coziness – I’m tempted to make an entire sweater using that gorgeously soft Anzula. 

Pattern was another mash-up of Silver’s Sock and Smooth Operater. As always, more details can been found on Ravelry

Seven Year Socks

I started these socks on June 24, 2010. I completed them on June 25, 2017. During that times we’d moved around the Midwest, had a family, celebrated life, mourned losses, and generally had a busy, happy life. 

I finished the first sock fairly quickly, but hated the pattern and the yarn I was using. Banished to “second-sock island,” I would occasionally dig this project out and cast on the second sock, only to quickly stuff it away again and cast on something more pleasurable to knit.  

There was nothing inherently wrong with the pattern. Hedgerow Socks is not overtly difficult, I think it was more the fact that it was not completely mindless like ribbing/stockinette, but wasn’t challenging enough to hold real interest. Result: annoying. Add that they were on Size 1 needles (think toothpicks) and I was doubly annoyed.  (I lost the original set of DPNs I used and knit the second sock on Addi turbos using the magic loop method -slightly less irritating.)

The yarn, Berroco Comfort Sock, was a poor choice. It’s a nylon/acrylic blend that felt dead in my fingers as I knit it. It was a rookie knitter mistake to buy it. It made a beautiful, soft and squishy, durable pair of socks but the process of knitting them was gross. 

So, the project languished on as half-finished until this Spring. Determined to clear out my last few forlorn UFOs (unfinished objects), I resigned myself to knitting the equivalent of going to the DMV: not pleasurable, seemingly lasts forever, but a feeling of great satisfaction when completed. These will not count towards #operationsockdrawer, instead I’ll be gifting these to my mom, she’ll love them and I won’t have to look at them again. 

More details can be found on Ravelry

***The above photo reads much darker than in real life. The true color is more of a silvery gray-blue with sparse hints of light gray and muted cornflower. (See below)

Pixy Stix

June’s edition of #operationsockdrawer is pretty early due to some marathon car knitting over Memorial Day weekend. 

I have to admit that these my be my favorite so far this year. The yarn is from the very talented The Lemonade Shop (she also dyed the yarn for my Alternative Facts) in the Pixy Stix colorway. This yarn is soft and squishy while still having great stitch definition and strength. I love the subtle rainbow speckling on the creamy white background. Perfect to accent, but not overpower, the simple lace patterning. The pattern is Tadpoles by Jenna Swanson. It was the perfect traveling knit, easy enough to memorize while still holding interest, and it was a bit addicting seeing each twist take shape. I’ll definitely use it again. As always, full details are on Ravelry

Scarlet & Gray Crews


May’s installment for #operationsockdrawer was inspired by a stash dive. I have a relatively small amount of stashed yarn, but some of it is ancient. I had two skeins of Koigu Premium Merino, one scarlet and one gray, that I bought at Purl Soho back in 2010, I think. In honor of that trip, I decided to use their Striped Crew Sock pattern. I modified it by shortening the cuff to 4″ ( I just couldn’t handle the 1×1 ribbing with alternating yarn for much longer) and alternating the main color for the toes/heels. As always, full details are on Ravelry

After finishing and blocking, they are tucked into my sock drawer, awaiting college football season. 

April’s Alternative Facts 

April’s edition of #operationsockdrawer is complete. I decided to use The tried-and-true Silver’s Sock Class pattern, since I would be working on these while traveling and I have it memorized. I also wanted something rather simple to showcase this gorgeous yarn. I picked it up at Michigan Fibre Studio when they were having a trunk show for The Lemonade Shop, a Colorado-based Indy yarn dyer. I love her fun use of color and great names for her yarns. This colorway is Alternative Facts. Complete details can be for be on Ravelry

March Martian Rainbows

March’s socks for Operation Sock Drawer are complete. I absolutely loved this self-striping sock yarn from Must Stash Yarn & Fiber. The color-way is Martian Rainbow, hence the name for this month. It was a bit addicting to watch the colors emerge (thrilling, I know) and blend from one to the next. This was a “perfect match” yarn, meaning that the skein was split in two and matched, making it possible to make the stripes align for both socks.  I used the Smooth Operators Socks by Susan B. Anderson. This is a top-down construction with an afterthought heel. (Full details on Raverly.)

Joe was quite enamored with these while I was working on them, wanting to have them for himself. Since I had enough leftover yarn, I decided to knit up a pair just for him. Finished just in time for his birthday.

Amethyst Socks

Here’s the February installment of #operationsockdrawer2017. Named Amethyst for the gorgeous color of this Barrett Wool Co. yarn (Pepin colorway) and as a nod to February’s birthstone. This color was so difficult to photograph, but trust me when I say it is a true, deep amethyst purple. Gorgeous. 

This was my first attempt knitting a toe up sock and using the magic loop method instead of DPNs. I used this pattern, but added the cables for some interest. I love the the magic loop method, will definitely use it again, but not a fan of the heel construction. Might have to look for a different version, because I did like this construction. (Complete details can be found on Ravelry.)

I finished these mid-February, but it took time for me to block and photograph them. I’m already on my second sock for March. I don’t want to jinx myself, but I might be able to bang out two pairs for that month. Or I might try to take on something new, we’ll see. 

Fly the W Socks: Finished


Originally posted in Instagram, I wanted to record here these wonderful socks now that they’ve finally been blocked and finished.  (Full details on Ravelry) 

I started knitting these socks at the start of the Cubs post-season play. Filled with excitement and anxiety, it helped to keep my hands busy while watching the games. We kept advancing and I kept knitting. Every stitch is filled with joy, fear, anxiety, elation. Amazingly, I finished them at the end of the 9th inning. . . and the rest is history. 

Ashley’s Lined Mittens

https://wordpress.com/post/widdershins22.comSo I made a scarf for my sister, Ashley, as a Christmas gift. (Forgetting to take a photo of it before gifting it to her.) I had some leftover yarn from the project, so I decided to make her a matching pair of mittens. I used the pattern  “World’s Simplest Mittens” by Tin Can Knits and Sheep Shop 2 Yarn. (Full details in Ravelry.)

Ashley is an amazing pastry chef who lives downtown in Chicago, so he has to deal with the awful, windy winters there. I wanted to make sure she was toasty warm on her commute, so I added a liner using some charcoal gray sock yarn I had in my stash.  This will be a little softer on those hardworking hands that the outer mitts and will help insulate them again the cold. I hope she enjoys them!

 

 
*This also crosses off one of my 101 Things List.