Many, many antique socks. They look so . . . antique.

One-Sock Knitalong: Wise Words


Dear Kay, As for the One-Sock Knitalong, all I can say is WHOA. The quantity and quality of unfinished socks bubbling up from the La Brea Tar Pit of Languishing Handknits is frankly astonishing. OK, maybe I suspected that we’d have some well-aged Prime socks in the mix. But these are Carter-era socks, socks used to hide whisky barrels during Prohibition, socks that came over on the Mayflower. You can see the tender reunions,...

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Needles Up: One-Sock Knitalong Blasts Off Now


Dear everyone including Kay, Sock Agnostic, The glorious day is upon us! Welcome to the One-Sock Knitalong. We’re looking forward to a couple of weeks of heavy-duty sock knitting, sock thinking, and sock sharing. Three ways to join in: Option 1: Poke around to find a bogged-down sock project, and dig it out. See? You’re already halfway home free. Option 2: If you don’t have such a project, feel free to dive in with a fresh...

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Lazy Sunday: Pregaming the One-Sock Knitalong


Dear Kay, We head to Norway today, for a visit with everybody’s favorite Scandinavian duo, Arne and Carlos. They knit. They crochet. They garden. They are up to all manner of stuff making, and there’s something irresistible about their attitude toward it all. (Fun fact: “Arne and Carlos” is actually “Ann and Kay” in Norwegian. It’s true. I would like us to rig up a Sister Cities relationship with Arne...

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Snippets: 42,799 Sock Patterns to Consider


Dear Kay, In anticipation of the One-Sock Knitalong that begins on Monday, May 16, I’m thinking about sock patterns. As I write, there are 42,799 patterns in the Ravelry pattern database for the category Accessories/All Feet/Legs. In a historic first in the knitting universe, I will here rank all 42,799 patterns in order, from my least favorite to most. #42,799 through #42,510: Barefoot Sandals. C’mon, this is the worst of both...

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Announcing: A One-Sock Knitalong


Dear Kay, It’s time for a knitalong. Start thinking about socks. Details below, but first, I need to show you my rocket socks in all their peculiar glory. Having been on a sock hiatus for some time, I was knocked out by how much fun I had making these socks. At the gusset-making portion of the show, I watched the stripes turn into pools or flashes or whatever. It was a combination of fascination, horror, then tender acceptance as I...

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