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Renew and Restore (Sock) Focus

Socktoberfest has helped to renew my focus on sock-knitting, sock finishing, sock mending and stash enhancement, to wit:

Sunshine Yarns' Hungarian Horntail Dragon

This is some gorgeous sock yarn. Check out Sunshine Yarns on Etsy, but please feel free to share your other favorite sock yarn dealers sources in my comments section. The more the merrier!

In the self-reflection vein, I came across this post the other day and considering her awesome finished objects and original designs, I was surprised to read she felt this way about her handknit items -- until I realized that I feel the same way about mine (except for socks). And it's totally okay. In my own experience, I sacrifice fashionabillity in favor of my tactile and color preferences. At times, I think my knitting is meant to teach me something whether or not it's ever finished or worn. I don't like to draw attention to myself and handknitted socks are discreet. I can wear and enjoy them without anybody ever knowing about them. Although I'm not likely to show them to nonknitters, I do get excited about sharing if somebody shows some interest. They are wickedly mysterious no matter how many I knit.

Fortissima Socka in a subdued gray

I cast on for these while I was watching Heroes on Monday night. It's Fortissima Socka in a basic subdued color that knits up beautifully on Crystal Palace bamboo DPNs. I picked a textural pattern that was straightforward enough to allow me to knit through some television watching.

Never fear . . . this knitblog won't be completely sock-centric from now on; it's simply my Socktoberfest indulgence -- sharing about sock knitting. Have you tried it yet?


You know, I am like that, too. Except for socks. I knit lots of things, but I hardly ever wear them. I'm not sure why. I do feel self conscious sometimes when I try wearing what I've made. Another factor is that it hardly ever gets cold here, and I don't knit much cotton.

Favorite sock yarn: Mountain Colors Bearfoot
I just bought three more skeins today. Two for me, and one for my mother. I love the softness of Bearfoot, and the colors are fabulous.

I will check this post out next - it sounds very thought-provoking. Thanks for sharing the link, Janet.

I love the simple garter rib (or whatever it is called...) for the socks you are making now. Simple and sweet. I am so happy to see that you are caught in the Socktoberfest spirit too!

So, what do you think about Heroes? I have been watching it too... it is intriguing, although there are so many directions they are taking it!

Wow! I love the Sunshine Yarns, will definitely have to check them out.

Hope you enjoy Lisa Souza's stuff... it's magical ;)

I have bought yarn from this site and the yarn is wonderful.http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=47909

I totally agree about the socks!!! :)

What pretty yarn! I got some great sock yarn at savvyminx's etsy shop. The color was purple haze. It is soft and lucious; I had trouble putting it down after it arrived.

Have you tried Sundara yarn? YUM. Really intense colors. I like socks because they tend to be consistently successful, which is more than I can say for some (most?!) of my larger projects.

Janet, I think not wanting to draw attention to ourselves is a big part of it. Sometimes I just want to blend in...
Another probable reason is the 'art vs craft' theory - I'm almost certain that I'd readily admit to painting (if I did in fact paint)...

As for sock yarn, I'd love to try Sundara, Sweet Georgia and Claudia Handpainted.

After 25 years of knitting, I started my first socks two weeks ago. I'm -- um --- hooked.

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