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, resuscitations, and regurgitations going on in the Instagram hashtag #onesockKAL
. And I'm learning a lot over in the Ravelry Mason-Dixon Knitters One-Sock Knitalong forum
In the interest of Continuing Education, Dept. of Socks, I thought we should have a bit of review and enhancement. The accumulated wisdom about sock knitting on the Web is astounding. Gobsmacking. When I say these people wrote the book on socks, literally they have written books about socks.
From yarn know-it-all and sock smarty pants Clara Parkes (The Knitter's Book of Socks
) comes a nice little thought piece on Finding Your Ideal Sock Yarn
(photo by Glenna C)
(Custom Socks: Knit to Fit Your Feet
) is the clear-eyed mathy friend who never makes fun of you for botching your gusset. ("Botching your gusset" sounds like a Victorian remedy for gout.) She gives pros and cons for toe-up vs. top-down socks
, even providing tiny adorable practice sock patterns to get the hang of the top-down
Kate also answers
the burning question: "Should I add nylon reinforcing thread when using 100% wool yarn?" Haven't you always wondered?
Reena Meijer Drees has created a virtual temple to the art of sock knitting in her website Knit Better Socks
. No way can you leave this site knitting worse socks. Of special note amid the dozens of juicy topics is a deliciously opinionated Sock Wool Review
. (Please note: Reena's opinions are her own and if she doesn't like Malabrigo Sock, well there's a throwdown I'm ready to take on.)
Reena waxes philosophical about Using Slow-Striping Yarns
and Striping and Pooling: Working with Hand-dyed Yarns
. And if you're really trying to burn a day, here's a massive grab bag of sock techniques
The sublime, unparalleled TECHknitter—the Batman of knitting because his/her/their identity remains a mystery—gives and gives and gives the wisdom at TECHknitting.
One nifty little trick: How to see if socks will fit without trying them on
Susan B. Anderson
writes excellent reports from the magical land
where people have drawers full of handknitted socks. I envision my own sock drawer filled with the rainbow from gray to Saturn V rocket to Crazy Zauberball and everything in between.
Susan's sock drawer is going to end up at the Smithsonian.
(photo by Susan B. Anderson)
writes a lovely aria for anyone on the verge: "So You've Discovered Sock Knitting."
MOAR SOX. Can't stop, won't stop. Jump in if you haven't already—knitalongers are finishing pairs of socks at a gratifying rate.