Oh, the singles, the mateless ones. They get to have fun, hanging out together in a drawer partying all the time. Slowly they pair off as new singles join the club.

mateless mosaic
the singles — here’s the flickr link

We’ve had one single move on to paired off and another who has joined the singles club.

Possibly my favorite pair of socks ever:

Laila's Socks
laila's socks
Laila’s Socks

The stats :


Laila’s Socks, by the always-fantastic Nancy Bush. Published in Folk Knitting in Estonia and in fact the entire reason I bought (two copies of!) the book!




Dalegarn Baby Ull in a deep Charcoal and Bright Red. I loved working with this yarn — it’s soft, superwash, and warm. Love it (and I have tons of it in stash, ha).


US1 clover bamboo and — accidentally — US2 clover bamboo


June 2006 – June 2007, though the knitting itself was quite fast.

No mods, unless you count casting on the second sock on US2 accidentally a mod. I realized this shortly after starting the mate, but decided to keep on with the US2 until the end of the big “bug.” This is why one sock is ever so slightly larger than the other. I don’t mind (obviously).

The new single joining the club is a handspun sock.

handspun sock
my handspun, knit up

This is superwash merino I ordered from Adrian at Hello Yarn about a year ago. I finally spun up 4 ounces of the 8 I have about a month and a half ago. I was initially going to knit fingerless gloves with it, but I accidentally cast on a few too many stitches and turned it into a sock instead.

After I finished the sock, I assumed from looking at the leftover ball that I would need to spin up some more yarn. However I weighed the sock and the leftovers this morning. Surprisingly, the sock weighs 43g and the leftover ball weighs 49g! So I should be able to get the mate out of the leftovers. Sch-weet!

Knitting with my handspun has become quite the enjoyable experience.

12 Comments so far

  1. E on July 14th, 2007

    I absolutely LOVE those socks! I might have to follow you and knit some.

  2. Bethe on July 14th, 2007

    LOVE Laila’s socks and your handspun sock is fabulous too!

  3. Andrea on July 14th, 2007

    I *love* that handspun sock!

  4. kristina on July 14th, 2007

    socks from your own handspun!! – does it get more exciting?

  5. Julie on July 15th, 2007

    Beautiful Jess! And I would have thought from the size of that handspun ball that you needed more too. What a pleasant surprise that you have more!

  6. Liz on July 15th, 2007

    All three of those socks– your new pair and your new single– look really great. I bet your feet feel special right now.

  7. stacey on July 16th, 2007

    look at you go with the colorwork socks! I love the colors you chose. those are on my to make list. they are the reason i got the book as well!

    the handspun socks look so comfy and cozy!

  8. Vera on July 16th, 2007

    All your singles are cute.

  9. kelp! on July 16th, 2007

    So many singles! I heart the handspun sock, it definitely looks very cool.

  10. ann on July 17th, 2007

    I think those are my favorite socks too!

  11. kara on July 17th, 2007

    Umm…tooo cute! I can see why they would be faves.

  12. katie on July 18th, 2007

    Your favorite socks are now my favorite socks. I really need to give that Nancy Bush book a shot.