Monday, 9 November 2020

#showoffyourwoollysocks2020 Days 1-7

Have you heard of #showoffyourwoollysocks2020? Over on Instagram, I’m showing off my woolly socks every day in November, and I’d love you to join in too! Simply take a photo of the handknitted socks you're wearing every day in November and tell me all about them! Use the hashtag #showoffyourwoollysocks2020 and tag me (@vikkibirddesigns) so I can see them. I cannot wait to have a little tour through your sock drawer!

This year, I'm hosting a knitalong, so that over the course of November, we can all knit a new pair of socks together and wear them on November 30th! The KAL is taking place on Instagram using the hashtag #SOYWSKAL2020, and works in progress will also be allowed if that increases your chances of having a finished pair of socks by November 30th.

Not on Instagram? I’m sharing a summary of my woolly socks once a week on my blog (vikkibirddesigns.com), and I'll have two threads open in my Ravelry group (Ravelry link - may cause issues for users with photosensitivity; proceed with caution): one for the KAL and one for you to show off your socks of the day.

Week 1: Days 1-7

Day 1: The first pair of socks for #showoffyourwoollysocks are knitted in Knit Picks Felici in the colourway Countess, which I hoarded for ages as purple is my favourite colour. They’re a straightforward top-down vanilla sock with a heel flap and gusset, which is my favourite type of top-down construction.

Day 2: These are a fine example of Christmas socks for everyday wear! The yarn is by Unbelievawool and was from a Christmas yarn club box. The colours are pretty muted (but may well have been brighter when I knitted them), but have a festive air. I cast these on on an October 1st for a #festivesockalong, but got distracted and finished them in the January! This happens a lot! The socks have a Fish Lips Kiss, which is a nice neat short row heel. It’s a good heel to choose if you’re tight on yarn, but isn’t so good if you have very high insteps. The yarn isn’t self-striping, it has micro stripes caused by the repeat length of the variegated yarn - a short row type heel helps preserve that.

 

Day 3: Day 3’s socks are accidentally inspired by Liquorice Allsorts! I knitted them as a sock tube and planned to add pink heels, toes and cuffs, but then happened to be eating the sweets while working on the tube and realised that Liquorice Allsorts colours would be much more fun! The main yarn is by Paintbox Yarns (gifted - if you want some, it’s Paintbox Yarns Socks*); the heels, toes and cuffs are miscellaneous scraps.

 

Day 4: My socks for Day 4 are lovely cheerful ones that make me think of cake. I knitted them using Kate Atherley’s free Basic Ribbed Socks pattern during #lotsofsockskal a couple of years ago. They’re knitted in King Cole Zig Zag, which is one of my favourite basic sock yarns - it’s cheap and cheerful and wears really well. It also feels nice and plump. The yarn was gifted to me by my friend Rachel for a knitting secret Santa (clearly not a very secret one!). So many connections in one little pair of socks.

 

Day 5: The fifth pair of socks for the month is my Siren Song Socks. These are one of my designs, and that little slipped stitch cable shows up so well against any yarn background. The yarn is by Phileas Yarns, and I bought it Joeli’s yarn retreat in Manchester a few years ago, where I met lots of fabulous knitting friends. If you want to knit your own pair, you can find the pattern in my Ravelry and PayHip stores.

 

Day 6: My socks for Day 6 are possibly one of my favourite pairs: they are knitted in Opal with glitter. I love how sparkly they are! I bought the yarn at the British Wool Show and knitted it while on my way to EYF in 2018. I knitted further than I planned, and had to do afterthought heels as it was that or pull the knitting back!

 

Day 7: These beauties were a prototype for my Siren Song Socks - they’re knitted in yarn from Unbelievawool and it contains cashmere, so is super cosy. The yarn was very much a ‘golden skein’ - one I kept hold of for ages before knitting it up because I was afraid I wouldn’t do it justice. I love these socks, so I think I did!

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