i joined socktopia sometime in january, because the idea of knitting from a selection of themes seemed less stringent than some kal's. though i'm horrible at sticking to a kal, i thought i could handle the flexibility. i did not knit any socks for this kal in january, though i tried. but, i tried harder for february, and knitted these!
i finished these socks sunday evening, as jackie worked her ass off, literally running circles around me.
there's better pictures of sock parts and colors over here and a blog post here.
but, the buck doesn't stop there! of course, there's still lots of sock knitting to be done ... and i cast on for the mate of this sock soon afterwards.
i'm already into the lace part, enjoying the repeats (again). ha! ha!
and there's always more ... as the themes for march have been announced, and i'm considering knitting socks from either of these books, as one of the themes is around the world.
i've said it before, and i'll say it again, if you find a book you really like, buy it ! because, someday it will be out of print, and it will be much more difficult to find, and likely way more expensive. i purchased anatolian knitting designs years ago, in the early days of my sock knitting. it seems then, there weren't that many books about socks, and if there were, they were all of the ethnic variety. i was so sock hungry that i would pick up anything that even mentioned the word socks.
and why i bought andean folk knitting ? ... well, i had, and still have, this thing for bolivia.
nevertheless, what i'm trying to get at, is that i might attempt some colorwork in socks. i feel rather well equipped with my knitting library. i just don't know if i have the patience. jenna has the patience ... go check out her amazing socks!
edit:if you like the flavor of these types of books, here are some that are still available (still in print, or not priced beyond reason) ...knitter's ethnic socks & stockings, marcia lewandowski's andean folk knits, and nancy bush's folk socks and folk knitting in estonia, and anna zilboorg's fancy feet.
oh, and i wore those pretty koigu socks, in the very top photo, yesterday ... and the wind blew right through my eyelets!!! brrr !
koigu socktopia sock specs: 2 different colorways of koigu, size 1 1/2 dpns, top down, 2x2 eyelet rib.