Last week I wrote about a ‘Simple Pattern’ for socks, taken from a book written in the 1800s. I had fun experimenting with this pattern, using rather old yarn from my stash. I made it about 12 rows or so into the body of the leg before I frogged them.
This was how the pattern was shaping up – lace panels in between garter stitch. I was happy with it, but this has now taken a back seat. The socks were ripped out so I could free up the needles for vanilla socks. I was at a conference last Thursday and Friday and knew I would want something simple to keep the hands busy while still listening and engaging with what was being presented.
These, I must say, are shaping up to be perhaps the most boring socks ever.
The yarn is slowing fading into different shades; the top has more green with the purple, and the heel looks like it’s doing the same thing. It’s all very subtle, and no texture is making these seem just a little yawn. Again, I dove into the stash for these socks, and really, they are serving their purpose very well, simple, transportable socks that require no thinking at all. Although they are a wee bit boring, there is nothing wrong with that. Socks are socks and they will keep toes warm regardless of the simple yarn.
This is where self patterning or self striping yarn shines. A simple vanilla sock becomes so much more interesting because the yarn is doing all the heavy lifting, the yarn is dazzling while you are simply repeating the knit stitch over and over.
While I soldier on with these unremarkable socks, the ‘simple pattern’ is still on my mind, and I have an idea of how I want to tinker with the pattern. Going at this rate, it’s safe to say my toes won’t be cold.