I finished these socks a few weeks ago. I’ve been wearing them LOTS — so I guess it’s about time I FO-Friday-ed them. “Shoreward” was one of two patterns from the September shipment of the Rockin’ Sock Club from Blue Moon Fiber Arts.
Project: Shoreward Socks
Pattern: Shoreward Socks
Designer: Sivia Harding
Available: sometime after September 2012
Yarn: Socks that Rock Mediumweight in Drop Dead Gorgeous
The pattern doesn’t photograph easily — you’ll have to trust me when I say how pretty the twisted stitches and curved recurves are. The construction is fairly traditional toe-up style, with a nice heel flap. I love how she makes sure the leg pattern lines up, no matter where you started the gusset etc. The waffle-ish pattern on the instep and leg front make these socks a little heavy/bulky, but also super warm and squishy. It’s a trade-off I’m willing to make.
Best of all (from my point of view) is the yarn — the colorway is, as advertised, Drop Dead Gorgeous. I mean, look at this stuff!
The first time I saw it, I thought ZOMBIE! 🙂
This was the first of six shipments in the 2011 Rockin’ Sock Club. This is my second year as a Notorious Sock Knitter. I really enjoy the “surprise” aspect of being in a sock club, but even more, I love the challenge of being open to new colors and (this year especially!) new color combinations. Left to my own devices, I would likely knit lovely things in shades of green/blue/purple for the rest of time. Sometimes it’s good to knit outside my normal color scheme, and a sock club is the perfect way to do this. The January shipment (above) had two skeins, and two colorwork patterns to go with them. At first glance, it was “interesting” but certainly not within my usual corner of the color wheel!
I chose a pattern and got to work. They have been my “steady in the background” project for a while. Because the yarn is mediumweight, they worked up quickly, even with very little concentrated knitting time. I finished second sock the same day that the March 2011 shipment arrived … I can’t WAIT until it’s cool to share photos! Talk about colorful. (The club has rules to protect overseas subscribers from being spoiled.)
Project: Jan 2011 RSC Socks
Pattern: Social Network
Designer: Lucy Neatby
Available: to club members now (join up! it’s fun!) and to the general public in 2012
Yarn: BMFA Socks That Rock Mediumweight in Aubergenius and Pinkie Swear
These are socks for lounging, not for shoes. Cushy garter-stitch heels and toes, plus the sturdy two-color cable-net pattern, and the slipped-stitch cuff, all mean these socks practically stand up on their own! I’m reminded of Dr. Seuss’s story with the “pair of pale green pants with nobody inside them.”
That story scared the bejesus out of me as a kid, even though the whole point was that you needn’t be scared. Frankly, I thought that story was terrifying, and the pictures only made it worse. Somehow my stand-up-alone socks don’t rate as scary though.