Favorite Socks Knitalong

I finally broke down and bought Favorite Socks by Interweave Press when I saw there was a knitalong for it. How backwards is that? There are many gorgeous patterns in this book one of which is the RETRO RIB socks, the very first sock pattern I was captivated with many years ago. In fact, since I had the very yarn for it in my stash in the very color in the photograph I immediately cast on. I remember giving up on it years ago because the pattern seemed difficult. I was astonished to see how easy-peasy it is now! So, hang in there you novice sock knitters, it does get easier.
One of the many wonderful things about this book is the ability to knit these patterns in several sizes. That possibility finally got me over the hump of deciding which sock to knit for my Sockret Pal’s size 11 feet! The Uptown Boots pattern had her name written all over them in one of her favorite colors, blue. These are coming along slowly because of the unique cabling. I love how they are turning out and hope she likes them. I only have one week left before the Sockret Pal swap comes to an end so my knitting focus next week will be focused entirely on these.
I am progressing quickly along the back of my Central Park Hoodie. The Donegal Tweed is lovely and using size 8 needles is quite enjoyable. I am so used to size 0-2 needles! The arm decreases are done and I have about six more inches to go before the back will be complete.

I want to thank all of you for reminding me that I can use one of these for the Knit From Your Stash 2007:

On a side note – my nephew flew to Texas last weekend to live with his grandparents. My parents decided that it would be best for him to be accessed by the school system. Living with us here in the mountains was really not his best option since we are somewhat isolated. The closest public school is down the road in a casino town and we really didn’t want him going to school with casino kids. The time he spent with us here was profitable for him both emotionally and academically but there are many holes in his education. The eight weeks were exhausting for me emotionally but they were good weeks. And best of all, DH and I are enjoying getting back into our “empty-nest” routine…we really are set in our routines!

17 Comments on “Favorite Socks Knitalong

  1. Your Uptown Boots Socks are very pretty, especially in blue. I am almost finished with them too. I also found this pattern to be slow to knit because of the cabling pattern but I believe they will be nice and warm.

  2. I’m knitting the Retro Ribs for my daughter in Lime Green Cherry Tree Hill. Both of yours are pretty, I will have to knit up the Boot Socks soon. Your hoodie looks great too.

  3. You must be knitting all the time. Everything looks beautiful. I’m glad that your family is figuring out the best situation for your nephew.

  4. Those socks look great. I bet it is lots quieter there now. Hope you are enjoying your knitting time.

  5. love the sockies!
    i’m sure your nephew benefited more from his stay with you than you will ever know ๐Ÿ™‚
    sending all good thoughts to your parents!

  6. I just got the book – and have spent a few days just looking through…still haven’t decided which to knit 1st. I like both your Retro Rib and Uptown Boots!
    Another KAL….help!!! I will probably join soon….
    Enjoy all your free time!!

  7. “Empty-Nest” routines are the best!! Our adult son visited last week – from New Mexico. It was a total blast, and I enjoyed every moment of it, but – even though I miss him – getting back to the normal routine is soothing. Guess that is why they spread wings and fly the nest. Everything as it should be. (Even though I cry alligator tears at the airport each time he leaves…VBG!)

    Your knits are beautiful – as always. Sorry that I missed out on the Cardi pattern. I don’t receive that publication, and now I can’t find on the newstand…. Sigh….

  8. Oh those socks (both of them) are lovely. I’m supposed to be on a book buying diet. Some people have issues with buying yarn — I have issues with buying books.

    You may have just killed my resolve.

  9. Uh, oh! Those socks are great, I guess *I* have to get the book now … you are an enabler!

    The Central Park hoodie is gorgeous.

    I’m glad you have your life back, but I think it was great that you were there for your nephew when he needed you. I truly believe there are special spots in heaven for people like you.

  10. My copy is – literally – in the mail on it’s way to me. And while I haven’t officially joined the knitalong yet, I’m sure it’s just a matter of time. After all, part of the fun of knitalongs is the bloggers you meet. You – for example!

  11. You are such an accomplished knitter. Keep up the good work! I didn’t know about the Get Out Of Jail Card. Too funny!

  12. Both socks are looking awesome! I have that book on my wish list at Amazon (I think…I remember seeing it and thinking I should put it there…).

  13. The hoodie looks great. I like the cable layout. Red is my favorite color.

  14. Both of those sock patterns are tempting. And your CPH! You’ll finish that one in no time! Didn’t you just BUY that yarn?
    And I am so using that Get Out Of Jail Free Card.

  15. Well there is an idea to dig out the sock blockers. Use them for sizing. Clever!
    Things you see and never thought of!

  16. I too joined the KAL. Once I get the needle situation sorted out, I’m planning to knit some socks from there. Love the blue socks you’re making. They’re one of the patterns I’ve earmarked to knit.

    The CPH is looking fabulous. Such a gorgeous red.

    Good luck to your nephew and your parents. I’m certain he enjoyed his time with you and that he’ll be wanting to come and visit during holidays.

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