Thursday, October 05, 2006

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    Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.
    -Benjamin Franklin

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    Socktoberfest is here! If you've ever even glanced at this blog, you know that I enjoy nothing few things more than knitting - and wearing - a good sock. I must admit, however, that it's been a little while since I've finished a pair. Summer in San Diego doesn't exactly make your feet cold. Nevertheless, the night air is getting a little chill in it, I'm wearing fun socks with my scrubs on call, and the millions 1500 of you all raising a glass and a set of dpns with me is very inspiring.

    Expect to see many socks on the blog this month. I'll start with the socks I have in progress, but it won't stop there. So many of my best socks were knit pre-blog, so I'll share many of them, along with invaluable comments on how they've stood the test of time.

    New England Socks from Knitting on the Road


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    These were supposed to be my 100th pair of socks (I'm still holding at 98) in a symbolic way before I left New England. Eh. They'll go fast once I actually start knitting on them. I think this is Koigu, but it might be Artyarns Supermerino.

    Wearing My Uniform With Pride Socks (x2)

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    Plain Black Sockotta. 2x2 rib. Doesn't it just make your heart go pitter-patter?

    Trekking Socks


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    I did Trek Along, briefly. Now these socks sit by my computer and I do a few rows now and again.

    Can that really be it? Only 3 pairs of socks on the needles? (And, really, only one of them counts.) Clearly something must be done to remedy this situation.

    Contest Time!

    In the festival-like spirit of Socktoberfest, I'll send two skeins of Claudia's Handpainted (photos when I get home) to whomever points me in the direction of my next sock pattern. Anything by Nancy Bush is cheating, by the way.

    ETA: I'll make a decision on Monday, October 9th. Columbus Day.

    29 Comments:

    Blogger shireen said...

    I can't believe you've kept track of all those socks! 100?!?! AND you finished med school?

    10/05/2006 9:20 AM  
    Blogger margene said...

    You should start this sock
    http://www.eunnyjang.com/knit/2006/09/bayerische_sock_part_ii.html

    Or Cablenet in Knitty! They look fun and challenging!

    I haven't kept an exact count of my socks but surely I must have knit about 100, too.

    10/05/2006 9:27 AM  
    Blogger jennie said...

    I'll tell you what -- I really enjoyed knitting the River Rapids socks over at sock bug: http://sockbug.blog-city.com/

    Just enough going on to be interesting without being something I have to consult a chart for or look down all that often do make. My mom loved them...

    I'm working, slowly and steadily, toward an all-handknit sock wardrobe. Do you ever wear machine made socks?

    10/05/2006 9:38 AM  
    Anonymous Rachel said...

    Oh dear, I'm definitely not in a good position to point you to a good sock pattern. I'll be interested in seeing what does capture the honor, though.

    I just ordered three balls of Trekking XXL from the Netherlands (cheap there!). My family members need to know the joy of hand-knit socks.

    10/05/2006 10:27 AM  
    Anonymous Rachel said...

    Okay, I actually remembered that I really like these socks. If I knit fancy socks, I'd knit these.

    10/05/2006 10:34 AM  
    Anonymous Rachel said...

    Let me try that again:

    THESE SOCKS

    10/05/2006 10:35 AM  
    Blogger christine said...

    Are any of those "man socks"?

    10/05/2006 10:40 AM  
    Anonymous Leah said...

    I really like these(If you are a member of BMFA sock club).

    The other option I really like is these (which seems more you, really. You are such a cable kind of gal)!!

    10/05/2006 11:18 AM  
    Anonymous Marisa said...

    I really enjoyed the Mock Croc's pattern... but I also want to throw Embossed Leaves out there just because I think they are cute :)

    10/05/2006 12:56 PM  
    Anonymous Blogless Kim said...

    I'll throw out the Here There Be Dragons socks. They look great, and I want to give them a try too!

    10/05/2006 1:50 PM  
    Blogger Stariel said...

    I've been looking at Anastasia or Zokni socks both here

    Or Wyvern

    10/05/2006 2:19 PM  
    Anonymous Janet said...

    According to a May post it's Artyarns gunmetal yarn.

    I think you should try this pattern:
    http://autoscopia.com/amelia/archives/2005/09/roundup.html
    I've started them in the same colorway as the example. They're pretty with the little picot top and eyelets.

    10/05/2006 3:12 PM  
    Anonymous Carrie k said...

    100 socks? Wowza.

    And by cold in San Diego, you mean it's dipped into the low 60's? ;)

    10/05/2006 3:50 PM  
    Anonymous blogless Shannon said...

    Having recently started and ripped out several fairly complicated sock patterns, I am singing the praises of the simple sock. Here is a pattern that's easy to memorize and looks great:

    http://stitchesofviolet.blogspot.com/2005/08/more-fun-than-cables-sock-pattern.html

    10/05/2006 3:50 PM  
    Blogger Laura said...

    Waving Lace, Spring 2004 Interweave Knits. There's your pattern. Fun to knit, not Nancy Bush, look impressive, plus holes. Holes because you live in San Diego. Ventilation is key.

    :)

    10/05/2006 4:17 PM  
    Blogger Pat K said...

    Chevron Socks from Sensational Knitting Socks. I love this pattern. It looks fantastic using Trekking XXL. And the pattern is easy to memorize.

    10/05/2006 4:43 PM  
    Blogger Jenn said...

    Some excellent suggestions above - what about the p-word socks from knitty (I loved knitting the first pair I've made), or the baby cable rib from sensational knitted socks.

    I can't wait to "see" inside your sock boxes!

    10/05/2006 5:03 PM  
    Blogger Meg said...

    How about Clementines Baltic Socks?

    10/05/2006 6:23 PM  
    Blogger Nonnahs said...

    Those New England Socks are going to be amazing! Good luck on chosing your next pair- there are a lot of great suggestions!

    10/05/2006 10:19 PM  
    Blogger Rebecca said...

    Well how 'bout coming on over to the MY FIRST TOE UPS KAL that OzKnitter and I started and you can knit the Widdershins with us! I'm having fun learning how to knit from the toe up for a change.

    10/05/2006 10:48 PM  
    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    You've probably knit these but I take every opportunity to talk about my favorite sock pattern: Dublin Bay Socks. http://www.nwkniterati.com/movabletype/archives/MossyCottage/DublinBay4.pdf
    Karen
    http://nothingbutknit.blog-city.com/

    10/06/2006 4:45 AM  
    Anonymous Rosi G. said...

    WOW! ONE HUNDRED SOCKS?? Geesh! And I'm sitting here thinking that I'm gonna empty my sock drawer this weekend so that I can only own handknit socks. But unfortunately that would leave me without about 3 maybe 4 WEARABLE pairs! HA!

    A few patterns for ya! (BTW, I'm knitting the Anastasia Socks now in a green Koigu and I ADORE this pattern!!! You can see them on my blog.)

    Anastasia Socks:
    http://pepperknit.com/patterns/anastasia.html

    Elfine Socks
    http://autoscopia.com/amelia/assets/elfinesocks.pdf

    Falling Leaves Socks
    http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEfall05/PATTfallingleaves.html

    Fixation Socks
    http://www.knitlist.com/01gift/matts-fixation-socks.htm

    Gentleman's Socks
    http://http3a//blog.designedlykristi.com/wp-content/uploads/2006/08/DKGentleman.pdf

    Happy Socks
    http://magknits.com/Mar06/patterns/Happy.htm

    Lace Socks
    http://magknits.com/May06/patterns/milanese.htm

    RPM Socks
    http://knitty.com/ISSUEsummer06/PATTrpm.html

    Thuja Socks
    http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEwinter05/PATTthuja.html

    Zokni Socks
    http://www.pepperknit.com/patterns/ZokniSocksPattern.pdf

    That's it for now!!

    10/06/2006 6:56 AM  
    Blogger Stephanie said...

    I love those New England socks. I need to go back and look at that pattern again. How have I continued to miss it? I'm pretty sure I don't know any patterns you haven't already knit, so I'm going to leave the pointing to those who know better than I.

    10/06/2006 9:24 AM  
    Anonymous Monica said...

    The NE socks are very cool looking.

    10/06/2006 10:17 AM  
    Blogger OzKnitter said...

    I was going to suggest Widdershins, but someone ;o) beat me to it LOL. How about Baudelaire?

    10/06/2006 7:50 PM  
    Anonymous Eve said...

    Hey there are these socks called Jaywalkers, I hear they're pretty good you should try them. They're a bit hard, but you can prolly handle it, k bye

    10/06/2006 9:52 PM  
    Anonymous Eve said...

    Seriously, I'd suggest you try the Bazaar Socks from Interweave. They're a bit unusual, I really want to try knitting them at some point soon. http://www.interweave.com/knit/interweave_knits/web_projects/sum_06/Bazaar_Socks.pdf

    10/06/2006 9:57 PM  
    Blogger eyeknit said...

    Waving Lace Socks (old Interweave) or Cascading Leaves (Townsend KAL).

    These are my newest faves in the sock drawer. It's so wonderful to wear the socks I knit all summer!

    Amy

    10/09/2006 6:18 AM  
    Blogger Nikki said...

    These Celtic Braid socks are next on my list!

    http://www.theknitter.com/celbraidsoc.html

    10/09/2006 10:45 AM  

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