Alpaca in August

matt's socks finished-3Matt’s birthday socks are finished, just over 2 months late…. Oops. Who wears alpaca socks in the summer anyway? Knowing him and his intense love of hand knit socks, I’m sure he could find a way.matt's socks finished-4I’ve never known another person that has gotten so excited over knitted socks. Maybe this poet would, but I don’t know many recipients that declare this much love for socks. It’s probably part of the reason I’ll adorn his feet with socks until we reach a crazy point of sock saturation in his drawers. And then I’ll keep going. I love this man so much. He tells everyone that “hand knit socks can change your life.” Wouldn’t you knit him pair after pair too? matt's socks finished-2The sock pattern is my basic toe-up recipe. You can find it on Summer Slice  or Early Bird for free. I also sell Tuxedo and Prufrock using this method. I’ve never written up the plain pattern by itself because there are gobs and gobs of basic sock patterns available. This one is my basic recipe, but I alternate a K1, p1 rib with plain knit rows. It’s slightly more interesting than 1×1 ribbing, and has a rest row (just knitting) between the ribbed rows to make it go faster. I alternated those rows until I thought I should start the top ribbing only section, then I just did 1×1 ribbing for the last inch or so. I don’t think he’ll have any sock sagging issues with this pair, but the ribbing does make it seem thicker than usual. I used Alpacas d’Auxvasse Alpaca Sock Yarn.

Maybe I’ll write it up one of these days. My plan this week, or next, depending on how much time I can squeeze from other activities, is to finish writing up the pattern for Z’s linen tunic.

Gemini is flying by so far! I’m almost through my 3rd (out of 5) ball of yarn. I’m making a few mods and taking notes about them. Beatnik, my SSKAL project is hanging out on the needles, just past the armhole decreases on the back. I will return to her and definitely try my best to complete it by September 24th. I still have well over a month. I just got sidetracked by the promise of one more sweater I can wear this year…

11 thoughts on “Alpaca in August

  1. This is so cool! I really love this colour. It’s great if your SO loves and supports your hobby – my guy is like that as well although he won’t wear knit socks, because they are “too warm” … Ah, well. But he’s going to wear the hat I’m knitting him! :D

    • I know. Warm feet – terrible, TERRIBLE thing to deal with! ;) His words were: “Too warm and scratchy”, although he wore socks for my granddad (they’ve got the same shoe size) and liked them a lot. MAYBE he’ll be ready soon …. Harhar …

  2. Hi Cass, love the socks but tell me, were do I start learning how to knit socks easily??? I’ve been an avid knitter since childhood, but after 40+ years experience knitting all sorts of designs/patterns etc I just can’t get my head ’round socks!!! Help!

    Ali xx

    • Hmmm. If possible, you could see if a local yarn store or even a larger hobby store like JoAnn’s or Michael’s offers classes or private instruction. I haven’t used this myself, but the Teach Yourself Visually Sock Knitting book looks promising. If you search for “socks” on knittinghelp.com there are many results that look helpful. I learned from a woman at my LYS. I already knew how to knit with DPNs (which is how I made my first sock). They’re pretty simply knitting in the round until the heel if you go top-down.

      I hope this info helps. Good luck!

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