Socks, Skates, and a Stick

My current sock knitting goal is to have two socks in progress at a time: one new sock and one mate to a sock missing a mate. This is working out reasonably well for now, though I fear I will keep knitting single socks and never finish another pair (like a good member of the Single Sock Liberation Movement — that’s the flickr group — check it out!).

This weekend, I finished a single knee sock!

knee sock
knee sock! and skate and stick
lorna's laces shepherd sport
lorna’s = yum!

It’s Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sport, almost an entire 70g hank worth. I had a bit of fear that I was going to run out of yarn, so I just started at the toe and knit knit knit. I have relatively short shins but large calves so there were a lot of increases once I headed above the ankle.

Once I finished that sock, I jumped into what I was really looking forward to — Lovesticks self-striping fingering weight yarn.

lovesticks self striping
lovesticks fingering weight self-striping in tree frog
sock toe
toe up, plain ol’ st st sock
cameraphone picture taken at work

I had some gauge issues with this yarn. It’s tiny! I had some problems finding a US0 circular (this is my KiP sock, so it goes on a circular) in my needle stash, and even on US0, this fabric could be a little tighter, but I only have one set of US00 needles, and they are double pointed.

The yarn itself is a lot of fun, I love the colors. I also ordered a hank of the sportweight:

lovesticks sportweight
lovesticks sportweight in inner child

You can buy some of your own lovesticks sock yarn at the etsy shop.

8 Comments so far

  1. Dawn on August 15th, 2007

    Love those knee socks! Thanks for enabling.

  2. Julie on August 15th, 2007

    Really nice Jess! Maybe I need to try the two different socks at once thing. Keep me from getting so bored that way… interesting thought. :o)

  3. Liz on August 16th, 2007

    Those are some great stripes. I’m just gonna stay here at the computer… not running for my credit card…

  4. aija on August 16th, 2007

    Nice to know you can get that much sock from 1 hank of lorna’s sport… I have some and always wonder what to do with it, maybe kneesocks thanks to you :)

  5. stacey on August 16th, 2007

    Great knee sock – it must be great with your hockey skates! :)

    The lovesticks is amazing! look at that color! I don’t know if I could go down to 00′s though – that is a bit much!

  6. Kara on August 16th, 2007

    I just bought some LoveSticks yarn myself to make stripy knee-highs! I just love yours! So cute.

  7. Jess on August 18th, 2007

    Lovely knee socks! I like the idea of having one new sock and one second sock on the needles at the same time, though I think *I* would end up with a ton of first socks while the second sock languished.

    The Lovesticks yarn looks, well, lovely. But very thin if your 2.0mm needle doesn’t quite do the trick. Wow.

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