Sunday, December 16, 2012

Year of Projects: Heelless Sleeping Socks 02



Folk Knitting in Estonia: Aino's Gloves • Anu's Christmas Gloves • Anu's Mittens • Anu's Stockings • Avo's Mittens • Ellen's Stockings • Helgi's Mittens • Hilja's Mittens • Ilmar's Socks • Juta's Stockings • Kalev's Mittens • Kristi's Mittens • Laila's Socks • Landra's Gloves • Liidia's Gloves • Liivi's Stockings • Maarja's Socks • Maimu's Mittens • Marko's Mittens • Meida's Mittens • Merike's Gloves • Rita's Stockings • Sander's Mittens • Tiit's Socks • Ulla's Gloves • Virve's Stockings

Knitting Vintage Socks: Gentleman's Shooting Stockings with Fluted Pattern (1887) • Gentleman's Sock in Railway Stitch (1889) • Gentleman's Socks with Lozenge Pattern (1895) • Bed Sock in Lemon Pattern Fancy Knit Stripe (1896) • Cycling or Golf Stockings with Fancy Cuff in Trellis Pattern (1897) • Heelless Sleeping Socks (1897) • Child's French Sock in Citron Pattern and Diaper Knitting (1898) • Child's First Sock in Shell Pattern (1899) • Gentleman's Half Hose in Ringwood Pattern (1899) • Gentleman's Sock for Evening Wear (1900) • Evening Stockings for a Young Lady (1900) • Fancy Silk Sock for a Child of 5 or 6 Years (1900) • Gentleman's Fancy Sock (1901)  Gentleman's Plain Winter Sock with Dutch Heel (1901) • Child's Sock in Miranda Pattern (1904)  Baby's Bootikin (1905)    Little Child's Sock (1907)    Ladies Useful Stockings (1913)    Ladies Silk Stockings with Clocks (1914)

Seems like switching horses - switching from the book Folk Knitting in Estonia to the book Knitting Vintage Socks - was just the thing I needed to give my Year of Projects a second wind. With things so busy before Christmas, the simpler patterns from the second book are perfectly suited to my time and attention right now.

Last week I cast on Heelless Sleeping Socks for a friend who has been dropping some not-so-subtle hints that she wants these socks. And what this sock proves is that it takes all kinds. With my high arches and pointy heels, this sock doesn't fit me whatsoever. But my friend insists that heeled socks never fit her and tube socks are so much more comfortable. Well okay then. The cuff and the toe are from mystery yarn plucked from the sale bin at Wabi Sabi. Through the leg section I striped in some plain cream coloured yarn as the 50 grams of mystery yarn wasn't going to be nearly enough to complete the pair. I used Russian joins to switch yarns; the colours match so well that the joins are about invisible. It also means no ends to weave in :)

And because I simply had to see how the gorgeous blues and greens of this "Hey Paula" colourway were going to knit up, I cast on another pair of socks. The pattern is Gentleman's Half Hose in Ringwood pattern. Based on pictures from other Raveler's projects it looked like a pattern that would play nicely with a really busy yarn. So far, so good!  It's dangerous for me to try these sock on though - the more I knit, the more I try, the more I think I'd better just keep these for me! I'm sorry to say, I haven't even got any excuses for why I cast these on... it's not Christmas knitting, there's lots of stuff I should be doing instead, but I just can't seem to help myself. Blame the yarn!


11 comments:

Alittlebitsheepish said...

Both great socks, love the blue and green.

Wanderingcatstudio said...

Neat - but I think I prefer a heel myself....
That blue and green is very pretty too!

Chrisknits said...

Looks like you have got a new lease on sock knitting. Love the 2nd pair. I am, also, not a fan of tube socks.

sandy said...

Distracted by pretty yarn....say it so! lol Man that never happens to any of us, does it. LOve the blue and green, wow. I'm with you, I have a high arch and hate wearing tube socks as they never fit, all that extra fabric is uncomfortable.

Marie/Underground Crafter said...

You deserve more socks for you and the yarn certainly is tempting! I love the tube socks, too.

cleancup said...

yarn can be so pushy! it is lovely knit up, though, and why not keep them? you deserve socks too...

(ok, maybe I've been spending too much time with pushy yarn.)

as for tube socks, I'm glad to hear someone loves them!

nauget bluff said...

Add me to the "love tube socks" category..

Alicia Landi said...

I can't really imagine wearing socks without heels but the striping is super pretty.

Ruth said...

Really love the socks, adding the cream to the first pair really worked out well and I think you deserve a pair of socks just for you, the bule and green mix is wonderful looking.
I really loved the Malabrigo and would gladly knit with that all the time were I able to lol. I'm not a fan of acrylic although I have recently found an acrylic and wool mix thats fairly easy on the pocket and perfect for items for the small children and will wash well, thats about the only plus I see to acrylic..does that make me a yarn snob ? oh dear lol.

kate said...

go on, keep them for you! Gorgeous, as ever.

Kepanie said...

I love how you can't stay away from socks. That heeless one is so neat! The crazy color way is kntting up perfectly in that gentlemen pattern.