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A Year of Socks

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So, this is still a knitting blog. It really is. In fact, I even manage to post some knitting once in a while. Like, today. Today I’m posting my photo (though it is a crappy one) of the 12 sock patterns I designed for the BlackSheep Hoppy Feet Sock Club. All 12 socks are now available and you can even order kits (which include an adorable bag) from BlackSheep.

I had so much fun planning and designing for the BlackSheep Hoppy Feet Sock Club. I used different heels, toes, cast-ons, bind-offs, and textures from start to finish. This is a great way to build your skills and explore different socks. Try one or all of them. 🙂

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Black Sheep Hoppy Feet Quarter 2

I can finally reveal the designs for Black Sheep Hoppy Feet Quarter 2.

We start April with some Bouncing Bunnies and a bit of colorwork. We practice our 2-color braided cast-on and colorwork throughout the socks from cuff to leg to heel to toe.

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May finds us with Pushing Up Tulips, cables that wander up the foot and end in a lovely picot cuff edge. The May socks are begun with a Turkish Cast-On, flow into a 4-point toe that looks a bit like a tulip when finished, a toe-up round heel, and a picot hem cast-off. The twisted-stitch cables add some panache and flair to the socks.

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With June we try Tillybuddy’s Very Stretchy Cast-on, a patterned heel flap and Welsh heel, and a patterned flat toe. The honeycomb motif is carried throughout the sock while the bee wings flutter solely on the leg.
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Go sign-up for your kits today!

 

 


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Sock Hunter Episode 96: Winter Time

A true winter for this sock hunter means cold frozen nights, bright sunny days, and the reflection of light off brilliant white snow. Evergreen trees fill with silence as the snow falls and the grass crunches beneath your feet after a winter’s frost.

At my current location, winter looks more like endless days of gray, rain, drippy, muddy mess. There is no cleansing silence from a deep blanket of snow. No crispness as the air dries and crunch of frost underfoot. I did my best to find some socks in this alien environment.

With careful stalking and observation, I came upon a pair of *Hoarfrost socks, wintering in a warmer clime. With a quick snap of my camera, I captured the perfect photo of this pair. The shapely heel, the stately cuff, the intricacy of the lace and cables. I so enjoyed the socks that I was able to forget my desire for a true winter for a time.

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Until next time, this is your Sock Hunter, signing off.

*Madelinetosh Tosh Sock, Courbet is Green, US 1 Hiya Hiya steel DPNs, Hoarfrost Sock Pattern


Sock Hunter Episode 95: Old Favorites

Some time ago, I found a pair of Envy socks and talked briefly of the fate of some socks in this world. As with all things, I found myself revisiting the idea of those *Envy socks and searching for a new pair in the wilds where I had moved recently. It was with great delight that I found a pair of Envy socks again.

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Still delightful, I watched the socks stretch long columns of eyelets to the sky and settle more firmly against the bamboo greenery. Though this pair was young, I wanted so very much for them to succeed as they set off in search of food or a nest. Being a conscientious sock hunter, I scattered some tidbits of lint about for them to snack on. Though I generally discourage feeding socks, the nostalgia overcame my usual convictions.

Until next time, this is your eager Sock Hunter, signing off.

*Mountain Colors Crazyfoot, Harmony Storm, US 1 steel Hiya Hiya DPNs, Temira Socks pattern (which is free on Ravelry through 9pm PST January 18, 2015, go, enjoy!)


Sock Hunter Episode 94: Floral Seekers

It was with some trepidation that the I began my latest sock hunt. The socks were becoming rather wily as summer faded into autumn. My favorite haunts were yielding fewer and fewer specimens. I thought that I might come back from this hunt with a rather slim bag of shots.

There is nothing more frustrating than finding no socks when on a hunt. Though finding the socks, only to miss your shot, does come in a close second in frustration. I began to beat about the bushes, searching here and there. I was really hoping to flush some socks just to prove that they were still around.

Finally, I decided to turn my feet towards more urban areas and see if some more common socks might be found. After some time, the flicker of a heel caught my eye. With zeal, I began my pursuit and finally cornered the *Floral Striped Socks.

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A few shots later and I was presented with something for my efforts. The day was not wasted. Until next time, this is your Sock Hunter, signing off.

*Online Supersocke 100, Comedy Color, color #1284, US 0 Hiya Hiya Steel DPNs, “Easy Pattern for Self Striping Socks”