As a relatively new sock knitter, I have noticed something: a skein of sock yarn doesn’t yield up precisely one pair of socks, no more, no less. Sometimes, you need a bit more yarn. Other times, and often, you have a useable amount of yarn left over.
In my long history of knitting blankets, I’ve loved the fact that sock knitters generate a lot of leftovers. I’ve persuaded them to share them for various blanket projects, solo or group.
But a blanket is a very long-term solution to sock yarn leftovers. You have to keep track of a lot of little balls of yarn and hope that you’ll be able to access them when you’re in the mood for a sock yarn afghan project. I want to use these little nuggets of beautiful, special yarns NOW.
One solution: use the leftovers from one pair of socks to do contrasting heels and toes on the next pair of socks, as you are doing with your two-tone socks combining Lichen and Lace 80/20 Sock in Beach Glass and Linen.
This is a very elegant solution, no doubt about it. But what if you want to go scrappier? (I always want to go scrappier.)
I don’t even have a sock’s worth of leftovers yet, but I’ve found the solution: Terhi Montonen’s stripy socks.
We’ve been following Terhi, who lives in Finland, for a long time. She is one of those knitters who elevates a design by the choices she makes in knitting it, wearing it, and photographing it.
These socks are everything I love about knitting. Playful, cozy—bursting with color, yet they go with everything.
Jen Arnall-Culliford’s video tutorial on helical stripes is going to come in super handy when I try to copy the skinny stripes of Terhi’s socks.
I asked Terhi if she collects sock yarn remnants for a long time to get such beautifully curated stripes. “I guess I’m always in the mood for knitting with leftover yarn,” she said, “so sadly my leftover yarn box never gets full. Playing with odd colors that don’t really go together and using what I have is hugely inspiring.”
Terhi, you are hugely inspiring to me.