Friday, September 11, 2015

Socks in palette

The socks I just finished somehow match the porch rug, which I didn't notice until I went out there and stood on it while wearing them. Is this something that happens to you all, too? This happens to me all the time, that whatever I'm working on completely matches everything around me. I look down at the crochet in my lap and it looks exactly like the dress I'm wearing.

 

The blanket that looked like the zinnias on the table. The granny squares that look like the curtain and also my coffee mug. I have a palette. I am predictable.

 

There it is again. It's completely unintentional, I swear.

 

I've been knitting socks a lot lately, trying to replace a lot of pairs that finally gave up the ghost and had to be thrown out. (I have a rule: I will only darn a sock twice. After that, out it goes.) I had a sock mojo phase a few years ago and cranked them out at a rate that now seems ridiculous--about one pair a week, yikes!--and since I made them all at about the same time, they are all wearing out at the same time, too. So it's socks around here. These are in some kind of mutating vareigated handpaint, and of course I forget by whom. The colorway is "Netherfield" which naturally I remember, because it's totally the reason I bought it. And of course, more socks means more sock yarn leftovers, so...

I'm determined. This blanket is happening.

 

29 comments:

  1. I'm almost entirely a worsted-or-higher like nd of knitter. I've always lacked the patience for sock yarn and tiny needles. However, I ordered some Berroco Sox this week during a bout of insomnia, and as soon as it gets here I'm taking a serious crack at it.

    I'm so impressed with how quickly you knit! I'm getting faster, but nowhere near your pace - projects just seem to fly off of your needles 😉

    Oh, and I do the matchy thing, too. I totally have a palette (and half a dozen green cardigans to prove it)!

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  2. I'm almost entirely a worsted-or-higher like nd of knitter. I've always lacked the patience for sock yarn and tiny needles. However, I ordered some Berroco Sox this week during a bout of insomnia, and as soon as it gets here I'm taking a serious crack at it.

    I'm so impressed with how quickly you knit! I'm getting faster, but nowhere near your pace - projects just seem to fly off of your needles 😉

    Oh, and I do the matchy thing, too. I totally have a palette (and half a dozen green cardigans to prove it)!

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  3. I've tried knitting socks, but I failed big time...... But one day I hope to find the patience to try again!
    I love the colours of your granny square.

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  4. An interior decorator friend once told me "always buy what you truly love and it will always go together with what you have." Thus your socks match very well with your other loves! Cool isn't it? Enjoy your blog and your talents!

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  5. I love it when things tend to match randomly. It's always unintentional, and it may take me half the day to realize, but it is enjoyable. One could say it's because I've bought the same colors, but that simply isn't the case - I buy tons of different colors or patterns (or even characters!) - so when things come together nicely, it's always awesome. :D
    Your socks are delightful. They look like fall. And coffee. :)

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    1. Fall and coffee! You said the magic words. :)

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  6. Your colour palette is lovely and you are such a fast knitter, I am in awe!

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  7. What do you do with your disguarded socks?

    I have lots of left over bits of sock yarn but haven't decided what to do with it yet.

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    1. I close my eyes and throw them in the trash. Then I knit more socks. It only hurts for a second. :)

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  8. I just finished my first pair of socks. I haven't photographed them yet but they are in my favourite olive green colour. How big are your squares? is there a stitch count? I could make you one out of my scraps. Jo x

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    1. Jo! You angel. Lessee, my squares are 35 stitches by 35 garter ridges, worked in fingering weight yarn on US 4 needles. They're kind of all over the place, size-wise, but I think blocking and sewing them together will even things out just fine. :)

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  9. I adore the colours in your crochet square above. I could never have come up with such a great combo. The rug is gorgeous, what a nice welcome it gives. I saw so many lovely coloured hooked rugs when I lived in the US but oddly there are none here.

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  10. Can you please tell me what sock pattern you used? I have not made socks before, but your socks look fairly simple and very nice. Thank You

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    1. Hi Mary, I don't use a pattern anymore, but I recommend the Vanilla Sock by the Yarn Harlot for a lovely, basic sock pattern. You can find it here:
      http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/step-by-step-cheat-sheet-for-socks

      Good luck! :)

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  11. Lovely socks, I'm hoping to knit my first pair this winter. X

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  12. Kristen, those are lovely socks and I completely understand your darn it twice philosophy. What you notice and mention about color adoption rings quite true with me, too. It's a subliminal sort of operation...we see something in color/s we like and make some sort of invisible mental note. We see that combo again, and add a check mark to the original mental note.

    And then...if we are about to make a painting, or knit some socks or do something else visually oriented...those mental notes are ready with color suggestions. Quietly, but oh so effectively.

    (I might actually note that your new socks are not all that far away from the colors worn by the lovely GoGo. xo

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    1. I quite agree! It is probably a universal phenomenon, especially among us artsy and creative types. And my socks even match my dog! They do, you're right. Aw. :)

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  13. Well, I think making socks is amazing! I have crocheted socks, but I break out in cold sweats thinking about using 4 needles to make socks! The socks in this picture are lovely.

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  14. I don't do socks, and develop bad jealousy about people who can. I love your colourway. I think we all have palette of favourite colours that we find ourselves turning to. A project's not a proper project for me without a touch of red.

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  15. Kristen, have you posted your sock pattern by chance? I'm determined to make at least one pair. I love all your posts with your sense of hilarious humor! Have you made booties for your sweet dog/human? Lol. Janice in AZ.

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    1. I've talked about my sock process, which is that I think about the sock in terms of its component parts--cuff, leg, gusset, etc.-- rather than following a strict pattern, which is totally liberating! You can do it. The Yarn Harlot has it broken down really well here:

      http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/step-by-step-cheat-sheet-for-socks

      Good luck! :)

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  16. Thanks so much Kristen! I need all the luck I can get!

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  17. Thanks so much Kristen! I need all the luck I can get!

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  18. Love your descriptions...
    The beach one was perfect...
    We are practically neighbors!
    East Aurora, NY

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  19. Great Socks! And you're right...I think creative people do gravitate toward a certain palette. As far as socks go, mine are more likely to match my bedspread than what I am wearing....unless I take to wearing bedspreads, toga-style.

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  20. I adore your colour palette and the fact that it runs throughout your home. I clicked on your granny squares link and found your wonderful blocking notes, thank you for those. I have a just-finished lace weight crochet shawl and it needs stretching out so I will do that today.

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  21. Such a beautiful colour palette, I love the socks and am in awe I would love to be able to have a drawer full of hand knitted socks to choose from.

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  22. My knitting often seems to match the book I'm reading ... handy for 'Yarn Along' posts, but nonetheless odd.

    I'm admiring your socks and that lovely porch rug.

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  23. Socks and blankets. We are heading into that season aren't we? I always love your color choices, and the socks are awesome, going to check out that link (in my head I can make some, I know it).
    Will enjoy watching your blanket grow :)

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