I’m delighted to announce that Marooned is out and ready for your needles.
These are the socks I worked on while we visited San Francisco this summer (yes, yes I did bring a sock blocker with me in my suitcase) and took pictures of at the beach. I confess, I’m unreasonably pleased with them!
Well, I’m delighted with the socks themselves (how could I not be), but the unreasonable glee is all coming from the pattern. While I like my socks thick and smooshy (these are made with String Theory’s Merino DK and so are super thick), I know not everyone does, so I wrote the pattern at three different gauges (7, 8, and 9 stitches per inch). I also wrote it for 6 different sizes. That means you should have no trouble finding a size that fits you (or your teenaged daughter or your husband or anyone in between). Just as delightful, while I was testing the sock, the testers and I found out it works absolutely beautifully with just about any colorway you can imagine. We had lovely muted semi solid yarns, wild variegated yarns, and everything in between, and they all looked smashing. I think this is going to be hugely flexible, and I can’t wait to see what you do with it!
And, just as a little encouragement to get it on your needles soon, now through Thursday, the pattern is available at an introductory price of $5.00 (on Friday it will go up to the usual $6.00). You can download the pattern over on ravelry. I hope you love it as much as I do!
The first sock is nearly done. It would actually be done if I were the more decisive type. I (as predicted) went with the option where I worked on the needles to make the foot all swirly and keen. I got it all figured out, liked it, even took notes, then realized I really really wanted some plain socks.
So I made a new plan. I secured another skein of String Theory’s wonderful yarn (this time their caper sock in a beautiful purple-y blue) and had a conversation with a super awesome secret knitter (secret only because I forgot to ask if shew as ok with me sharing, secrecy likely lifted in future if she doesn’t mind), and made quite an awesome plan. I’m going to knit the plainer version of these in this lovely fat yarn, she’s going to knit the swoopy version of these in a more traditional sock weight yarn. Then I’ll show both in the pattern (the pattern which will be written for something obscene like four gauges and eight sizes).
So while I love this plan, it did mean I had to rip the swirly bit I figured out. We’re calling it a good cause though, as I think the end result will be socks I love, socks she loves, two socks to show off in the pattern, and a pattern that should fit more or less everyone and work with a huge range of yarn.
Oh, and speaking of patterns, I’ll be putting one up tomorrow. No, not these yellow ones, the ones I finished up in San Francisco. They’re going up tomorrow morning!
The gusset decreases are done. Now I have to decide if I will a) keep going straight as established all down the foot or b) send it swerving off on a new path. And if I go with b, I then have to figure out if I will 1) do it on the needles (high risk, but quicker if it works out on the first try) or 2) set this aside and swatch my ideas on a separate piece like a grown up. I predict b1, as it gives the most room for swearing.
Ok, so apparently I’m not the only one who likes these. You seem smitten too. The Boy was home this morning, so I pressed him into service as foot double so I could grab a quick snap (I mention this so you know those are his furry legs, not mine).
You can see I finished the leg, the heel flap, and the first few rounds of the gusset, all in the space of two days. This is unheard of. I’m giving credit to the ridiculously fat yarn (String Theory Caper Aran in Melon) and the low stitch count (a mere 44 stitches around).
But some credit must also go to that stitch pattern. It’s ridiculously fast, and easy enough that I could do it while watching the mid-season finale of The Walking Dead (ie, I could do it without actually looking very much at all).
I’m calling it a win for simple socks. Good sense dictates I put them away for today (too much knitting in a short time is murder on my arms), but I think I’m quite committed to these now and I can’t imagine not finishing them.
I’m doing something odd. I’m knitting a plain sock. A very plain sock. A nearly alarmingly plain sock. See?
(And because you’ll ask, yes, it’s String Theory, of course it is!) I can’t tell if this is a passing phase, a new trend, or a sign of some sort of incipient stroke. Somebody tell me, is this pretty, or have I lost it and am I knitting a boring sock?