23 January 2011 · 4 comments in Knitting

I’ve had a long love affair with handknit socks. I’ve knit a few dozen pairs, both elaborately patterned and plain, but in the last couple of years, my enthusiasm for making handknit socks seems to have waned. For example, these socks were finished a couple of months ago, but I have no idea when I started them.

Handspun socks!
Handspun socks knit from theytoldmesew Handspun in Mount Vernon Bliss

Now that they’re finally done and photographed though, I love them. While all handknit socks are special, handspun socks are a particular treat. These are just standard top-down 64-stitch socks with my usual heel flap and toe, but the yarn makes them far from boring. They’re fraternal, but I think that’s part of the beauty of handspun yarn.

Handspun socks!

Some friends of mine have mentioned making socks a priority in 2011 and digging up some of our precious skeins to make basic stockinette socks. Since I’m not sure I have the energy for intricate Cookie A socks right now, I think that sounds like an excellent idea. After all, I have plenty of gorgeous sock yarn to choose from!

Sock stash

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

kelli ann January 23, 2011 at 10:09 pm

wow, what a lovely stash! i had never been into knitting socks before, but lately it’s become my obsession. i’ve knit at least six pairs since november (wow, i just counted in my head for the first time, that’s a lot!). so, i’m now constantly on the hunt for new yarn to try out. looks like you’ve got a lot of work ahead of you! :)

allison January 24, 2011 at 2:40 am

Those really are some gorgeous sock yarns! I’m excited to see what you make of them :)

Cory Ellen January 24, 2011 at 5:57 am

I’ve been having a similar relationship with socks lately. I went on a long sock kick about two years ago, but since have become obsessed with lace… and now the old socks are wearing out with alarming speed. Some stockinette socks from pretty handpaints might be the right way to get back on track.

The handspun socks are gorgeous (mmm, green and pink), and it looks like you’ve got a great stash to work from!

Jacey January 25, 2011 at 3:02 am

Love the socks. I also want to add a few pairs to the drawer this year; I’ve got two started (one with a finished sock, one half done). You’ve got lots of lovely skeins waiting for you!

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