Just like that - imagine my finger clicking here - it's September and the Supersock World Championship that lasted for two and a half months is over. What a fun event! I worked hard on my goal to knit up at least 12.000 meters of yarn from my stash this year and I managed to finish all the patterns - 4240 meters have turned into 14 pairs of socks. :)
I should probably say 'thank you' to the awful weather we had this summer - without all the cold and rain I would have probably knitted a bit less... The hardest task today was to take a picture of all the socks and it took me several tries to get what I wanted. In the meantime - when the wind spoilt my pictures and my socks were all over the place - I even had the idea to take a video, so if you want to see the all my socks a bit closer and are not afraid to listen to my babbling in English, here you go: Mone's Supersock World Championship 2021
Despite the fact that I've been knitting like a machine lately (lots of new samples and also socks for the Supersock World Championship just for fun), I found some time to work on a pattern that was previously published in Knit Now magazine: Sonic Interference.
The striking effect in these socks is achieved by working an easy to memorize mosaic pattern. The pattern is worked with a single colour at a time – making these socks perfect for a first project using more than one colour!
The socks are knitted top down with heel flap and gusset. Cuff, heel and toe are worked in main colour only; leg and foot are worked alternating between one round in main colour and one round in contrast colour.
The pattern includes three sizes: women’s S, M and L to fit leg circumference 17.5 (20, 22.5) cm 7 (7.75, 9)”. Leg length and foot length are adjustable. The socks can be completed with only 50g each of two contrasting colours in fingering weight yarn.
Would you like to knit yourself a pair? Get your copy of the pattern from my Ravelry store, here.
I am not at all a person for resolutions, because I know I feel bad when I break them and there is usually no way to avoid breaking them, ambitious as most of them are. However, looking at my stash last winter I had the thought that it might be good to try and not to add to it excessively for a while... And so far I did pretty well with my self-imposed yarn diet, but I can't deny that I was very happy when I discovered a yarn store during our short trip to the Harz (nearby low mountain range). Because souvenir yarn is of course an exception to the rule... ;-)
The lovely shop in Wernigerode is called Umgarnt, a word play with the German word 'Garn' for yarn which you find in the word 'umgarnt' meaning ensnared. Well, I certainly was ensnared when I found the store and since they carried hand-painted yarn - a basic criteria to be considered souvenir yarn - I couldn't leave the shop without any new 'yarn babies'.
I decided for a lovely tonal blue-turquoise (the picture doesn't do the colour justice) sock yarn dyed by the store owner herself and a happy pink merino nylon blend dyed by a friend of hers under the name 'Katze und Kind' (cat and kid). Very happy with my souvenirs from our weekend trip - we'll see what these want to become eventually.
One of the reasons I like to participate in 'knitting games' like the Supersock World Championship is that I am introduced to patterns that I wouldn't have chosen to knit otherwise. Like the 'high octane' (the more challenging pattern) in round 5 of the game: Wildgarden by Stav Salpeter.
It is a really beautiful pattern but I admit that for myself I am not a fan of patterns with 'bulky' design elements on the leg and these have lots of them not only on the front but also on the back. They are an interesting knit and I finished them rather quickly - although there might have been a sigh of relief when I worked the final 'popcorn stitch. ;-)
I think they turned out really nice in the Hazel Knits yarn I chose for them but I am fine with the fact that they are a tad too wide for me. I'm sure they'll be even more loved in a new home. :)
You didn't really think you had seen all the pattern when we were done with socks for Monday to Sunday, did you? Of course we are not yet done, because already The Beatles sang about 'Eight Days
A Week!. ;-)
When I was a kid I actually found the title really funny, because I couldn't understand why they didn't know that the week only has seven days... Of course, now I know that you say 'eight days a week' because with this way of counting you mean today in a week and count today as the first day.
Anyway, for all of you who can't get enough of hand-knitted socks and who would like to have an extra pair for today, here we go with Eight Days A Week.
These socks are worked from the cuff down with heel flap and gusset. Except for the sole, the socks are worked entirely in 1/1 ribbing. The eye-catching feature is the eight columns in ribbing, which thanks to clever increases and decreases spiral down the leg. The pattern is continued onto the heel flap and the instep.
Eight Days A Week also is an individual pattern or, if you prefer, part of the collection with the same name. You can get both from my Ravelry store, here.
We are almost done with our musical journey through the week - it's Sunday! Which is one of the days I had an idea in my mind right from the start of designing the weekday socks because one of my favourite songs is “Sunday Girl” by Blondie. Even though it’s one of the songs I am not quite sure what it is about – a pretty girl whose boyfriend is cheating on her? Never mind! I love the melody and enjoy to sing along.
For me it’s the perfect summer, sun, easy-going party song, so I picked a cheerful colour and a lacy pattern for my Sunday Girl Socks. The all-over pattern, two different alternating lace stripes, leeds into the heel flap which is integrated into the leg and knit with the leg in the round.
As all the weekday patterns, you can get Sunday Girl as an individual download or as part of the collection from my Ravelry store, here.
And now, music on and enjoy the Sunday! :)
Well, in the introduction to my Eight Days A Week Collection I mention that the choice of the songs was done without a meaning behind it. The compilation is by no means a ‘best of’ nor is it the music I typically listen to, but I’ve chosen songs that I like for one reason or the other – may it be the voice, the melody, the rhythm, the lyrics…, songs that were earworms at a certain time, songs that I had an idea how to interpret in a pattern… you get the idea.
In today's case we talk about an earworm that by the time it was popular I found quite annoying... Saturday Night by Whigfield. Dee dee na na na...
Back in the 90’s when the song was popular, I lived in Spain next to an open-air club. Can you guess what I listened to every single night and sometimes even more than once? Hm... But I sure gave me an idea for my Saturday Socks. If you’ve ever seen a crowd doing the dance to this song, I’m sure you know right away why I created a ‘waves’ pattern for these socks.
Small lines of twisted stitches form thanks to lots and lots 1/1 cables waves on a background in reverse Stockinette stitch. The patterning is continued onto the heel flap and the toe.
Do you want to knit your own pair of Saturday Night socks? You can get the pattern as individual download or as part of the Eight Days A Week collection from my Ravelry store, here.
I figure it's only fair to admit that I was quite happy when I reached the Friday socks in my musical journey through the week, because I knew right from the start what my Friday song would be: Friday I'm in Love by one of my favourite bands ever, The Cure.
Okay, there are songs I like better by the band, but Friday I'm in Love is a happy song to sing along and of course it was quite easy to come up with an idea for a pattern. I went with an all-over pattern with small hearts worked in purl stitch on a background in Stockinette Stitch. A fancy detail are the ribbed stripes that divide front and back and that are carried along the patterned heel flap and the toe.
You can get Friday I'm in Love as individual download or as part of the Eight Days A Week collection from my Ravelry store, here.
And now it's time to listen to some music, don't you think?