A sock for every mood

A sock for every mood

A couple of weeks ago, Glenna C. posted a note on how she decided to keep two pairs of socks on the needles at the same time. One would be an “easy” sock while the other would be a more challenging sock. Her theory was that she would then have a sock to knit when she needed something “mindless” and another sock to serve as a mental distraction.

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Image from A Nice Ribbed Sock Ravelry pattern page, image by Glenna C.

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Image from Jaywalker Ravelry pattern page, image by notscarlett

Glenna decided to use her Nice Ribbed Socks pattern but she thought Grumperina’s Jaywalk Socks would also be a good choice for her easy-to-knit sock. I went with GlennaC’s Nice Ribbed Sock using Stroll Handpaint Fingering in Lake Front for the easy sock.

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I decided to take the plunge with Hunter Hammersen’s Delias Eucharis Sock from her book The Knitter’s Curiousity Cabinet, Vol. 2. I suspect it was because as soon as I saw Gloss Fingering in Guava, I knew it would work well with one of Hunter’s detailed designs. A light color that shimmers with a touch of silk.

Delias Eucharis Sock Magic Loop

Since the Delias Eucharis sock pattern repeats in the front and back of the sock, I decided to knit it using the Magic Loop Method. That way one entire repeat is facing me as I work the lace and cable design. Even though it looks daunting, I’m finding that the yarn-overs along the sides help me keep track of what cables to be doing.

 

 


6 comments

  1. Glenna / July 8, 2013

    Looking great, Kelly! I think one complicated + one easy sock is an excellent plan. I’m still going strong with 1 ribbed and 1 Jaywalker, myself, but I’ve been eyeing those Knitter’s Curiosity Cabinet ones, too! ;)

  2. Amy / July 9, 2013

    I always have a “mindless” sock going when I am working on large or complicated projects. This way I can take a break from the other projects.

  3. Marion, Keeper of the Knitronomicon / July 9, 2013

    I’ve been doing something like that for a while now – in fact, I’ve just finished two pairs of fairly plain socks (toe-up, Cat Bordhi’s Sweet Tomato Heel, a three-stitch fake cable ‘plait’ up one side of each leg – one pair for a friend, one for me), which have kept me occupied while I knitted Sockmatician’s Drakar socks for ‘more complicated’ work – I needed to have the pattern in front of me for those!

    For the first time in … quite a while, I have no socks on the needles at the moment. I should possibly remedy that…

  4. Sarah / July 9, 2013

    This might be a good idea for me as well. I’m just finishing up a pair of toddler socks and I want something a bit more intricate and interesting but I also promised my father a pair of socks and he likes PLAIN MANLY socks. I was going to do 2 at a time for him but maybe I’ll just do one and something interesting!

    • Kelley / July 9, 2013

      Sarah,

      Those plain “manly” socks will kill you every time! It’s not just that they are boring, but they are large!

  5. Pollie / July 9, 2013

    I do the same thing. I always have socks in my bag for those times when I find myself waiting. But I usually have more than one other pair in the work lineup as well. There are so many beautiful socks out there and I want to knit them all.