Last Socks of the Season

Winter is SOCK TIME! Take one glance at my bin (yes I said bin)
of WIPs and you’ll typically see a pair of two-at-a-time toe-up socks on
a pair of size 2 fixed circular needles hanging out among all the hats
and mittens. I like being able to pick them up between projects, cruise
through both heel sections over a weekend and then knit in a rather
meandering way until I just can’t STAND to look at them anymore before I cast off and pop them over my toes.

This particular pair of Imagination foot cozies have been resurfacing on and off over the past month or so. All the greenery, daffodils and warm sunshine over the past week has reminded me that soon it would be summer again and time for me to start casting on more cute toys and fewer cozy woolens. I plopped down on the couch with a jar of tea and finished them up this past weekend before all that lovely sunshine convinced me that I could wait until next winter to get them off the needles and onto my toes!

This was my first time knitting with Imagination and I absolutely LOVE how cozy these sockies are! A skein of Loch Ness caught my eye and I just had to see how it would knit up. The jewely blues and deep forest browns were such fun to work with and I got a kick out of how the colors pooled.

These are also only my second pair of socks where I knit both of them at the same time too! I still find working the toes on the same needle to be a bit fiddly but doing it this way ensures that I make both socks the same length AND that I don’t run out of yarn just before the toes! In the end, I’m totally willing to fiddle through the first few rounds in order to get the perfect pair of socks.

I did some research and wound up pulling pieces from a bunch of toe-up books for my socks. Melissa Morgan-Oakes’ book Toe-Up 2-at-a-Time Socks, Wendy D. Johnsons’ Socks from the Toe Up are both great resources if you want to try your hand at knitting socks starting at the toe (to get the best fit and to ensure you won’t run out of yarn) or two-at-a-time (so that they wind up the same length too! For sure!).

Happy spring and happy knitting!


4 comments

  1. amy g / March 26, 2013

    Hello! I read the blog every day and was surprised today to have the link take me here! I like the look, but I know there have been more recent blog submissions than this. I can’t seem to find them. What has changed? Help!

  2. Colene / March 29, 2013

    I had a pair that looked quite similar to those (notice I said LOOKED). My dearest husband washed them—they now fit my granddaughter’s babydoll. I still love him…he was trying to help. :)

  3. lisa / June 24, 2013

    Lovely.
    I’m just learning to knit 2 at a time toe ups.

  4. Willa Blake / June 29, 2013

    I have not learned to kit yet…is there a pattern for socks that are crochet ?