All signs are definitely pointing to fall around here – and not just signs of the pumpkin spiced consumer goods variety, or the sudden heaps of pumpkins and decorative gourds at the grocery store. Signs like, all of a sudden I can’t imagine not putting on socks, and I added another blanket layer to the bed. As I’m closing in on finishing my Rhinebeck sweater(s) to wear just 9 days from now, I’ve been a bit vague on what project(s) I’ll start next, but this morning I rifled through the knitted accessories basket, I realized that I am an idiot if I’m not putting more mitts and socks on the short list. It’s accessories time.
It’s almost a relief that handknitted things don’t last forever – one glove from a pair goes missing, socks develop holes after enough wear and tear, or something shrinkable goes into the washing machine by mistake and emerges in doll-size rather than adult-human-size. Because then, you get to knit more stuff. Man, I have a yarn stash and I’m not afraid to use it, and when I discovered some now-defective pairs of socks in the drawer this week, I shed no tears when I said goodbye to them. I will make more of these suckers and I will wear them into the ground and then I will make more again, because I can. (Insert mad-villain cackling here).
These socks pictured here are not new exactly, because I knitted them about a year ago. But they are new to my sock drawer because I knitted them for a design published in a book, and they were returned to me a couple of months ago. I have wasted no time putting them into service. These are my Diverting Socks (Ravelry link), knitted up in Dream in Color Everlasting Sock (which is delightful), published in the new book 3 Skeins or Less.
Cables are my absolute favourite thing to knit, and I find them extremely satisfying even on small stitches for socks. Sort of like saying to the world, “why yes, my feet are important enough for cabled socks not just plain ones, why would you ask?” Plus, they look neat. I’m really pleased with the cables and ribbing combo I used on these, and I won’t lie that I’ve considered doing another pair in another colour.
3 Skeins Or Less is an entire book of accessory patterns, from hats to mitts to socks, and the nice folks at Interweave have sent me an extra copy to give to one of you fine readers. (Fringe benefits of having a design in a book, passed on to you! Huzzah I say.) You can also browse the patterns available in the book by looking at the listings on Ravelry, or at the Interweave website.
If you’d like to be entered into a draw to win a copy of this book, just leave a comment here telling me what kind of accessory you’re looking forward to making next! I’ll draw a winner some time after 12 noon (EST) on Monday.
Happy knitting this weekend dear blog friends – and Happy Thanksgiving to those of you sharing the holiday up here in Canada! I hope you have both knitting and pie to relax with. Catch you back here next week!
Pattern: Diverting Socks, from 3 Skeins or Less
Yarn: Dream in Color Everlasting Sock, in ‘chili’