Thursday, April 5, 2018

Once Upon A Sock - April 2018



This morning I'm joining my online friend Stefanie and her "Once Upon A Sock" group...

Once Upon A Sock consists of sock knitters who post the first Thursday of every month about sock work in progress. Each also links to the posts of fellow members of the group so if you have time, please check them out:
Stefanie of Stefanie Crafts with Wool Paper Fabric
Tammy of Life and Yarn or Yarn and Life
Meg of Intergalactic
Note: Posts of members trickle in throughout the day so some posts are up and some not yet. If you love to knit socks, or are even starting to learn, you are more than welcome to join us. Contact any of us on our blogs.



At this point in April I don't have much good to say about snow except that this latest round of snow makes for good sock knitting weather. Through the last few days of storms, high winds and snow squalls I've had plenty of time to knit. And I've been monogamously knitting my second Merripog sock. 

After completing Gschnitztal I wanted something quick, easy and entirely vanilla. So I cast on Merripog. But with sock one done and sock two well over half way I'm bored. I can't wait to cast on something new and more pattern-y but I'm determined to finish Merripog first. Chances are - if I cast on something new - Merripog would be set aside indefinitely. I'd better show some discipline and get them done.

No reason why I can't daydream about the next cast on though. On Ravelry I am taking part of a year long challenge in a Canadian Swap Group. At the end of 2017 we each created 12 opaque bags of month-long projects that we've been meaning to knit. Then at the beginning of each month you grab one bag at random and knit that. For April I opened a bag to find this:


It's a sock yarn set with 100grams of a speckled variegated light denim-y blue and a 20 gram mini skein in a coordinating speckled purple; an impulse buy I made last year. One reason that I bought it was to support a new local indy dyer - Lizzie-Anne yarns. I like to try new-to-me yarns and it's always nice to "shop local'. Another reason that it jumped into my cart was to satisfy cravings for speckled yarn and coordinating heels and toes, both of which seem to be everywhere these days. 

After lots of looking about in the Ravelry database I've settled on knitting Rrribb-It! My plan is to knit the sock almost entirely in the main colour but use the mini skein for the toes and some of the narrower colour play bands suggested in the pattern. All those patterned ribbing sections look like such fun to knit. And I just couldn't bring myself to cast on another mostly vanilla sock! 

10 comments:

Dee said...

Rrrrib-it looks like it will be fun. I will have to check out the other sock-alongers.

Kat at felinity knits said...

Ooh Merripog is so pretty! Sorry you're bored, but looks like you're not far off finishing now. And the yarn for your next project is beautiful.

Gracey is not my name.... said...

I love the Merripog...I might have to try them.....I've also joined this linkup.....
https://graceysgoodies.blogspot.com/2018/04/once-upon-sock-april-edition.html

We are expecting our next snow storm on Saturday, with some kind of snow on Friday, but not much...

Stefanie said...

I love this new sock set you'll be working with next. How did you eliminate the white around the graphic? I had to cut it out of Word to save it as a separate JPEG. If I make more in the future, I'll remember to save one copy as a PNG for you.

Stefanie said...

Hi Lynn. Pls add Meg of Intergalactic and Tammy of Life and Yarn or Yarn and Life to your group list. Thank you!

Katherine said...

I love those socks you're working on! I hope their prettiness can help you get them done!

Meg said...

Hi Lynn, I love those socks - and your colour choices there's just something about the little pops of teal at the toes!

Liz M said...

Have you adapted the Merripog (brilliant named sock BTW), from cuff down to toe up? Having read this entry, I've now had second thoughts about the next pair of socks to cast on....

Emily said...

LOVE your colorwork! I've done colorwork mittens, but for some reason colorwork socks intimidate me. Sometime this year I'll get brave and jump in!!! I plan on joining y'all with the once upon a sock party in May. I have a TON of socks and need motivation to finish them!

Kim said...

Oh gosh! You are still knitting the most amazing socks. You will be happy to know that I have finally taken the plunge into sock knitting- toe-up only-- and actually worked out a simple rib pattern which fits me perfectly. There have been many attempts with needles size changes and toe/heel techniques tried,but I was finally successful. I sure love how portable socks are.
I hope your snow has melted and you are getting some warmth!
xoxo