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New socks, new socks! I really had hoped to have these done in time for Pride Month, but hey - there'll be another one next year. Yarn is West Yorkshire Spinners Signature 4 ply in the "Rum Raisin" colourway, which I bought in Lake Tahoe in 2019. Pattern is... just a plain ol' 64 stitch sock. I kind of wish I'd thought of knitting these toe-up so that the toes would have started (or ended) at the beginning of the rainbow, but it's not that big a deal :) I did break the yarn after turning the heel, skipping ahead to the next red stripe so that the rainbow wouldn't be interrupted over the ankle, and that was a good decision - even if it did mean having a few more ends to weave in.

A pair of rainbow-striped socks. The colours are more like jewel tones than actual primary rainbow shades, but the effect is still that of a rainbow.

The same day that I finished these, I immediately started on the next pair, this time using Cascade Heritage Paints. The colourway I'm using is called "Thunder," which seems sort of appropriate to go next to a pair of rainbows. This past weekend I turned the first heel and am working my way down the foot. It'll be another plain stockinette pair (it's good knit-night work!) but with a navy contrast yarn in the cuffs/toes/heels. Also, I'm putting a Sweet Tomato Heel on these socks in hopes of not disturbing the spiral pooling of the yarn. I really like how it looks in the contrasting colour.

A partially knit sock. The cuff and heel is dark navy blue, and the leg of the sock is a spiral of grays and blues. The foot isn't yet knit.

Maybe there's something about the whiff of fall in the air that's gotten me re-invigorated to work on my knitting projects. This morning when I sat down at my desk I saw the yarn for the second of my Aviation socks (the third in the Twisted Trilogy that I've been procrastinating on for a while) - and instead of just nodding at it, like, "yeah, I see you," I picked it up and knit for a while. Once this sock is done I'll write up all three patterns in a nice way and then get them published, finally! I'm trying not to give myself a hard time for not finishing this project sooner, because what good would that do now? Instead I'm going to try to remember how much I actually do enjoy knitting this pattern, even if I'm a little intimidated by the thought of writing up patterns for publication :)

The very beginning of a purpley-pink sock. The ribbed cuff transitions into a twisted stitch pattern that makes an interesting texture of columns.

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While totally avoiding working on the Aviation Socks, these were my mindless socks for knit nights and car rides. I had about 80 grams of blue Trekking XXL left over from knitting socks for Michael, back in.. um.. 2008. Combined with some other leftovers, they're now socks for me! We'll be able to tell them apart because his don't have the scrappy bits.

I used every last yard of three different XXL leftovers, and had to dip into some Heritage Paints leftovers to finish off the last few rows of the toes. That yarn matches the one I used for the cuffs pretty well, so I'm not mad about it. The purplish heels don't exactly coordinate, but I don't mind.

The pattern is my own Sibling Socks, written in two sizes and available for free.

A pair of softly striped, ribbed socks, mostly in blue. The cuffs and toe-tips are greeny--brown and the heels have a tint of purple.

A closeup of the heel flap and gusset on a ribbed sock.

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A long time ago I had the idea to design a trilogy of socks with twisted stitches, and to name them for cocktails. I knit the Boulevardier Socks in 2018, the Sapphire Martini socks in - well, I started them in 2018, knit an entire sock very much too small, got frustrated, started over again while I was unemployed in early 2020, and finished the pair in 2021.

I cast on for the Aviation Socks right after... but here we are, a year after that, and I'm just finishing up the first sock.

It's not that they're hard to knit - they're not! I don't know what the problem is. I really like how they look, and obviously this one fits me (that's my foot in the picture!) so that's not my concern. Am I procrastinating on the knitting because I'm planning to publish the patterns and I'm nervous about how they'll be received? Maybe so. How silly of me.

A nearly complete purple sock with a fancy twisted rib design is modeled on a foot, with toes peeking out of the unfinished end.

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It has been a while, huh? Where did I leave off... ah yes, wintertime. I knit these totally mindless socks at knit night, in the car, and while sitting through countless meetings at work. As usual, I made sure to match the stripes up.

A pair of stripy socks in various shades of blue is modeled on a pair of feet. The stripes match perfectly from one sock to the other.

The yarn was a deep dive into my stash from 2008. It's Lang Yarns Jawoll Aktion Color in the amazingly-named colourway "0233", and it was just a standard sock knit: 64 stitches, 20 rows of cuff, 36 rows of heel, and a spiral toe down to 20 total stitches.

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These socks have been an absolute journey. My first attempt was too small, and I didn't realize it until after I'd knit down past the heel. My second attempt, after recharting the skull and crossbones section to have eight more stitches in it, was upside down - and I still wasn't happy with my fine gauge colourwork on DPNs. (Uneven. Puckery. Not nice.)

I gave up, put the chart into Designaknit, sent it to the knitting machine, and cranked out the cuffs in no time at all. The rest of the socks I knit by hand, because miles of stockinette is perfect for knit nights, car rides, and hanging out with Mom.

The pattern is Buccaneer's Booty and the red and blue yarns are both Lang Jawoll, a gift from my friend Ky. I love the subtle shading in them. Thanks, Ky!

A pair of red socks with blue toes and heels, and a band of skulls and crossbones at the cuff.

I subbed in Cat Bordhi's Sweet Tomato Heel for the short-row heel in the original pattern. I like how it fits and I adore the look of the dark blue wedges on the red sock. I also added an extra bit of striping at the toe to more closely match the stripe at the cuff.

The heel is made up of three wedges of blue on the red background of the sock.

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I forgot to write about these socks, but I finished them about a month ago. Oops! After the second time the Pirate Socks went wrong, I angrily cast on this simple pair of socks so that I could knit something that would come out right.

It's a standard 64-stitch sock, with 2x2 ribbing at the cuff, and the flap heel/gusset that I've worked out to fit the shape of my foot. The yarn is Lana Grossa Meilenweit Colortweed, which I bought in (yikes) 2007 when I was first getting into sock knitting - an oldie but a goodie, and I'm glad to have gotten it out of my stash!

The "Got the Blues" socks, knit in gradiated shading stripes of dark to light blue.

I like to make my stripy socks as much of a matched pair as possible. For these, I knit until the leg was "long enough" and then started the heel flap at a convenient reference point: the first stitch of the darkest blue part of the colour progression. The heel flap and turn didn't use an entire stripe, so after the heel turn, I broke the yarn and skipped ahead in the colour sequence. That way, the picked-up gusset stitches would again begin with that darkest blue, and the sequence wouldn't break across my ankle. I also made a note of where I started the toe decreases so that they'd match perfectly at the ends.

Et voilà:

Pirate's feet modeling the "Got the Blues" socks, knit in gradiated shading stripes of dark to light blue.

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After my first attempt at the Pirate Socks came out too small, I recharted the skull & crossbones section to 72 stitches, made a plan to increase and decrease around the colourwork, and began again.

In the few hours between the end of work and our first in-person knit night since last March, I hurried to get the colourwork section done so that I could just knit the plain stockinette leg of the sock while chatting and sipping scotch.

There's just one problem...

The cuff of a sock with a skull and crossbones motif.

I knit them upside-down.

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The second pair of socks in the Twisted Trilogy is (finally) done!

This one is knit over 72 stitches, because that's how the pattern and my gauge worked out. I'd like to try to figure out how to fit it into 64, so I can offer the pattern in two sizes, but I'm not seeing a way to do that neatly. Ah well.

Two bright blue socks stretched over blockers on a wood background. The socks have a twisted stitch ribbing pattern running all the way up the foot and leg.

Originally I'd planned the third pair to be bright green, but I think I'm going with purple instead. I've got the stitch pattern all charted out and it's ready to get started, though I should probably finish some other projects first.

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I bought this yarn a long time ago, knit half of it into a Jaywalker sock, realized that the sock was too small, put the whole thing in time-out for years and years, and... well, why not just re-skein it and knit some plain stockinette socks that are sure to fit? I need mindless projects for knit night, anyway.

A pair of handknit socks in stripes of pinks and grays.

As always, I try to make the stripes on my socks match up. Sometimes that's tricky when the stripes are very wide and the repeat is long, but fortunately there was enough yarn to make it work here.

Austermann Step, 64 stitches, size US 1/2.25mm needles.

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I've had the Buccaneer's Booty Socks pattern in my queue since, no joke, 2008. That is a long, long time to want to knit a pair of socks without actually knitting them. So...

The cuff of a handknit sock, with a skull-and-crossbones motif in white on a blue background. There are red and white stripes setting off the section with the skulls.

There's just one problem: The colourwork section is too tight to get over my ankle. And I've already knit down to well past the heel. (I swapped in a Sweet Tomato Heel for the short-row heel as written, but that's not relevant if I can't get the sock over my foot!)

I'm thinking I'll pick up stitches just below the skulls-and-crossbones, snip off the cuff that I knit, and work it again from the bottom up... with more stitches in the colourwork than before.

Hrmph.

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