Some time before starting graduate school, I had time to knit socks.
This yarn came from Knitty City on New York’s upper west side between Amsterdam and Broadway. The place is long and deep and has a huge selection of yarn, all neatly arranged in cubbies and baskets.
It was a bit narrow (like so many little shops in the city) but that did not deter a table full of knitters from hanging out and gossiping about everyone and everything!
As has become my habit of late, I spent most of the time perusing the sock yarns. That bottom cubby was brimming with Alpaca Sox.
These were to be guy socks but I still wanted them to have pops of color. The yarn is Schachenmayr Regia Design Line by Arne & Carlos (75% Virgin Wool, 25% Polyamide). I think I used two 230 yard, 50 gram balls for a pair of calf-length socks. To make the yarn go farther, the heels and toes are knit in a solid black from my stash.
These socks are very cushiony. They make a nice sporty pair to wear with sneakers or boots. The pattern is a simple K3, P1 ribbing that is way less boring than K1, P1. The full pattern can be found here.
The next pair was all for me.
This is the yarn I bought at Gauge during a trip to Austin, Texas. It’s Lane Cervinia’s Forever Sock Yarn (75% Superwash Wool, 25% Polyamide). It took two 230 yard, 50 gram skeins to make the pair.
I loved the bright colors! They reminded me of the confetti in Easter eggs so I call these my “confetti socks.” For the pattern, I used Jaywalker by Grumperina.
The chevron pattern is simple and complements the self-striping colors of the yarn. The color way for these socks is #72 – pink, yellow, turquoise.
Here’s the second sock on top of my stack of textbooks.
My fingers are itching to cast on a new pair but multiple regression tables and p-values await.
11 thoughts on “Back when I used to knit socks…”
Love your jaywalkers and I wish I’d used a contrast heel, toe etc on my Arne and Carlos socks, lesson learned.
I love the chevron socks. I have not knit socks yet, but I am grateful for the tip about making specialty yarn go further by using solid colors for heels and toes!
Socks look great particularly the vibrant colours.
I remember being a grad student, when all I wanted to do was make a quilt or something but I had to write papers instead . . .
Next time I will definitely stop at Knitty City, I am crazy for sock yarn as well and making socks for my husband who is very plain. Blue and blue but I like your idea of the contrast color heel and toe!
Lovely socks 🙂 I just realised today that I’ve only knitted one pair of socks this year Well done for managing two!
Love that bright chevron pair! 🙂
Gorgeous socks. Love both yarns a lot. I am sure both pairs will be very comfy and warm and easy to wear.
Take care with the studies, it will be over before you know it. 🙂
I love knitting, but am hardly ever inspired to knit socks. However I LOVE Strengths Finder!!! A book I live by, and the socks laying across it are amazing! I must find that pattern! You have drawn me in.
The chevron makes a great pattern for self-striping yarn! I think I know what to do for my next project. 😉