Once Upon a Sock: May 2019

When the first Thursday in April came along, the date that is typical for releasing the Once Upon a Sock posts, I was walking thousands of steps all over Montreal, then trying to recover onboard a Via Rail train back home. Needless to say, I didn’t write anything sock-y last month.

For May, I am pleased to show progress in a few pairs.  The last time I posted about my Leo and Roxy socks was for March’s Once Upon a Sock;  they were finished in time for the Montreal getaway, keeping my poor, tired feet nothing if not warm.

I also finished my plain stockinette socks, a good go-to pair for ‘keeping the hands busy’ knitting. The yarn is Opal, and it does this fabulous, effortless self patterning thing, making the socks look far fancier than I ever intended. I haven’t worn these, nor have I decided if I’m going to be selfish and keep them, or if I’ll tuck them aside…

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While in Montreal, I bought a gorgeous skein of Biscotte self-striping yarn.  This is my second Biscotte skein, and I LOVE this yarn. It is unbelievably soft and lovely to work with.  Over the Easter weekend, I took myself to the movies, cuff completed, and ready to start the leg.

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Once again, I am completely enamoured with a simple stockinette sock, where all I’ve had to do is knit over and over.  I essentially got the leg worked up while watching Shazam!, worked on the heel and gusset through the following week, so by the time I sat to watch Avengers Endgame, I was ready to work the foot.

And then, this happened:

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While I LOVE working on socks, I may not be as sock happy through the next month. I’m really itching to find a different project, something less sock-y, more time involved… maybe a sweater or t-shirt is on the horizon… off to Ravelry!


About Once Upon a Sock: On the first Thursday of the month, a number of sock-knitting bloggers share their progress with the theme “Once Upon a Sock,” an awesome initiative co-ordinated by Paula @ Spin A Yarn! It’s well worth checking out the other posts because it’s always interesting to see what other people are looking at; it’s like sock yarn eye candy!

Well, I’ll Be Darned

I’m writing this onboard a train headed east to Montreal. March was a hard month, and my vacation/escape has come at an opportune time. I don’t have much planned for this trip, some sightseeing, some eating, and some shopping. Montreal is a new city for me, having only stopped briefly in it over 4 years ago on route to Quebec City.

So far on this trip, I’ve read almost an entire book, drank quite a bit of coffee, and have worked a few rounds on a pair of socks destined for my grandfather. I’m hoping to make more of a dent in the leg as the morning progresses.

I worked Saturday afternoon, so yesterday was the first true day of my holidays. I spent time getting my house organized and getting myself organized for this get away. I also took time to repair (albeit poorly) a pair of socks.

I’m a little disappointed this pair hasn’t held up; I’m inclined to blame the yarn, but perhaps I was harder on this pair than others? They were a great mindless pair to make, and I was sorry to see the hole starting in the toe. The day earlier, I was at an event, talking about many objects from long ago, one of which was a sock darker. It’s a funny looking, dumbbell shaped wooden object, and it allowed for conversations about handicrafts and quick consumer culture of today (“What happened when you get a hole in your sock?’ I would ask, and inevitably, the answer was, “Throw them out.”) A few guests would say they remember their mothers/grandmothers using something similar to the sock darker example I had, and one guest remarked that they remember a person in their life using an egg when darning. When I settled in to repair the sock, I don’t have a sock darker of my own, but remembered the anecdote about using an egg.  Good enough, I thought.


I took the egg, popped it into the toe of the sock and was ready to start darning. The egg, or sock darker, provides a surface, making it easier for repairs. 


And here’s where I make my confession: I had no idea what I was doing when I was darning. I watched a few YouTube videos about darning, I had my yarn ready, and I just went for it, aesthetics be, well, darned. I couldn’t find the same colour yarn I used for the toe, but I had quite a bit of the body colour left. While it does stick out very noticibly, I’m rather pleased with the result – it’s almost as if the patch is a visible marker of where I’ve been, of what those socks have been through.


Everything is a skill, which can get better with practice.  I’ll likely have to darn more socks to get better at this technique (although I hope I don’t have to do this too often – I rather like my sock collection!). For now, the patch job works, and the socks are ready for their next wear. 

Once Upon a Sock – March 2019

On the first Thursday of the month, a number of sock-knitting bloggers share their progress with the theme “Once Upon a Sock,” an awesome initiative co-ordinated by Paula @ Spin A Yarn! It’s well worth checking out the other posts because it’s always interesting to see what other people are looking at; it’s like sock yarn eye candy!

My knitting this month, admittedly, has been dominated by the Soper Creek 2019 Yarn Challenge project. It’s still super secret until later this month, but I am SO PLEASED with how it’s progressing so far.  I have a number of rows to finish and giving it a good bath before I turn my submission into the LYS.  Can’t wait to post pictures.

But, anyways, in between the super-secret-project, I’ve been working on socks!  Last month, I mentioned how my two sock projects on the go were simple vanilla socks.  After finishing the purple socks and wanting something new to work on, I wound this beautiful skein Leo and Roxy Yarn Co. 80/20 Sock and started a simple lace sock.

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I ACTUALLY started a different texture for the sock, a simple 1×1 cable, but the texture was getting lost in the variegation.  So, after 15 or so rows, I ripped back to the ribbing and started with the lace.  It’s a lovely, simple design, allowing the yarn to showcase the colours and speckles, and this pattern was one I’ve improvised, inspired by a historical pattern.  (Is it fair to say something this simple is something I’ve ‘created’? I’m sure others before and after will undertake this simple lace… just a musing, I guess.)

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Take 1 for this sock didn’t take off. Frogged before starting again

The lace inspiration came from The Stocking Knitter’s Manual: A Companion to the Work Table, by Mrs. George Cupples in 1870. There are a number of patterns for socks in this book, and after reading and re-reading different variations, I settled on an adapted lace, like below: It s All Been Done - Stitch Fiddle (1)

See, really simple. I’m working away at the foot and am VERY happy with how it’s progressing.  The lace adds interest but is not taking anything away from the yarn, which is doing its own magical thing!  If I was to make this pattern again (and, I very well might), I would swap row 4 and 8 of the pattern – the way it’s currently working is that the first instep stitch after turning the heel and picking up for the gusset, is a yarn over, and the first stitch of the heel (when looked at from the RS) was a yarn over as well.  By swapping these two rows, the yarn over would always be in the middle of the pattern, not the first stitch somewhere. Things to keep in mind next time. For now, I’m going to keep working away and am looking forward to seeing this pair progress!

Once Upon A Sock – February 2019

For months now, I’ve noticed a few bloggers I follow posting ‘Once Upon A Sock,’ appearing on the first Thursday of every month, coordinated by Paula @ Spin A Yarn!  I’m a day late, but I’m hoping to jump in on this theme! It’s always interesting to see what other people are looking at, it’s like sock yarn eye candy!

I love knitting socks, and I’ve professed my love for socking knitting before. I always have at least one pair of socks on the go because they are the perfect purse project.  My sock drawer may be brimming with socks, but really, one can never have too many socks to keep your feet warm, especially with the winter we’ve been having here in southern Ontario.

So, with that said, what do I have on my needles right now sock wise? This may sounds super boring, but I have two pairs of plain ol’ vanilla socks on the go. The first I’ve been working on intermittently since October; they started as conference socks, something to knit in between taking notes.  I hate to say this as well, but I find these socks a little boring. I love the yarn, Knitting Fever Painted Desert, with its gradual tonal changes, but I think I’d feel differently if these were made a little more exciting with lace, cables, SOMETHING. I needed conference knitting, and this yarn was in the stash. I’m really excited that all I have to do is kitchener the two and get them blocked.

Sock number two of vanilla socks is more exciting because of the yarn.  Who doesn’t like a good self patterning yarn! This is a ball of Opal doing its magic, and I’m at the point with these socks where the foot needs simple knitting. The heel is turned and the gusset shaped. These are currently on hold, because they will make amazing movie knitting.

I’m hoping to join in on the Once Upon a Sock blog party once a month, but I also know myself and my blogging habits, so I may not be quite as diligent at hitting these targets. For now, this has been fun to do!