Socks and More Socks

Trekking fingering yarn is a bit thinner than the other fingering yarn I usually work with but it makes a nice pair of socks. This is the second skein of this yarn I’ve worked with and I’ve been knitting fairly loosely on the ribbing to avoid the cuff being too snug. I got tired of sloppy stitches and switched to a size 1 needle for the ribbing and it’s going along better now.

In case you hadn’t noticed, I love wearing hand-knitted socks. I tossed all of my old white cotton crew socks years ago and I mostly wear nothing but my wool/nylon blend socks nowadays. Sometimes I need to wear a pair of compression stockings, but it’s been awhile. My feet are comfortable year round and don’t sweat like they do if I were wearing cotton blend commercial socks. And I don’t have a problem with stinky feet or shoes either! Wool wicks moisture away from your feet and the warmth from your body dries the wool fiber. Wool is cool in summer and warm in winter.

I’ve been wearing some of these socks for over five years and have yet to need to mend any of them. I’m wearing a pair I knitted out of an Exploding TARDIS colorway right now and another pair of blue socks are in the laundry (that’s the pair I’m wearing in the first photo).

I’ve got this pair about 1/3 of the way thru the ribbing. This is Malabrigo yarn, Superwash Merino/Nylon blend.

And I’m using some of Jo Dee Fish’s Fishknit’s Yarn for this pair with a cloverleaf lace pattern. When I’ve finished all three pairs of socks on the needles I’ll have 17 pairs of socks in my sock drawer.

Published by thenerdyyarnlady

I am a Native Texan, Wife, Mother, Grandmother, Great-Grandmother, Catholic Convert residing in rural North East Texas since 1975 when I married my husband and this small town girl became a country girl. I was taught to knit at the age of ten and discovered the writings of Elizabeth Zimmerman shortly after I married. I learned to ‘unvent’ things as I went along, to create my own patterns and generally have a blast with yarn and needles. In the mid 1980’s I explored the idea of spinning my own yarn and eventually got interested in weaving on a floor loom. I have three spinning wheels and a 24″ four-shaft Herald floor loom that I purchased from a friend in the 1990’s. I also enjoy sewing, tatting and making rosaries. I have a work room that contains my fiber, yarn, floor loom, sewing machines, serger and rosary making supplies. I have a spinning corner in a bedroom next to my work room, both with north windows looking toward the creek.

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