Sunday, October 29, 2006

socks from the vault



i have been knitting socks for close to 11 years, maybe longer. i don't really remember ... i don't remember what pattern i used, but i suspect it was from nancy bush's _folk socks_. my book is so old that the cover price was $14.95, and i think it now retails for $21.95.

the socks above? i had completely forgotten about those, until corbett said i had knitted him some socks years ago on our 11,000 mile roadtrip one summer. i really lucked out on that roadtrip, because i rode shotgun and knitted all over the country.

i highly recommend _folk socks_ to anyone who even thinks they might want to knit socks. this book can free you from relying on someone else's pattern. you learn about measuring and proportion.

when i look at the sock above, i think, yep ... i sure didn't like to knit ribbing ! i have a lot of old socks with the j.crew rolled top. i can also guess that sock has 56 sts. and i used size 2 clover dpns. all of my socks back then were knitted that way. and the yarn ... i'm willing to bet it's socka.

and now? now i knit all kinds of socks! i have a needle case just for sock needles, and a binder filled with sock patterns, not to mention the two 32qt plastic tubs of sock yarn ....


but, if you really want to see some amazing socks, go and check out the socks here!

3 comments:

Lolly said...

I friggin' love that book. I told Nancy about that when I talked to her. I even ILL'ed some of the books in the bibliography ;)

Corbett said...

And I still love them...
I think 54 stitches. You taught me to knit that trip although clearly it didn't take at the time. Possibly because one shouldn't knit and drive. Notice I didn't say CAN'T knit and drive. Those roads in Montana are really long and straight... I'm just sayin'...
Anyway...
54 stitches seems to be a number I remember but I guess that's splitting hairs.
Post the sweater.
Post the sweater.
Post the sweater.
: )

ms. pea said...

wow, those are right outta the vault! here's to nancy bush sock books - cheers!