Summer 08 Socks

June always gets busy for me. Since I last blogged, I’ve been to a school reunion (fun!), celebrated my birthday (goodies!), formatted my computer (finally!), and finished two pairs of socks (woo!).


Summer of Socks 2008 participants received an exclusive pattern designed by Wendy. (I don’t know if it will be available after the summer, sorry!) It’s a terrific pattern for handpainted yarn; compare the lack of pooling on the insteps with the blobs on the ribbed cuffs.


This pattern does twist or bias while knitting, but blocks out beautifully. Some people are using k2tog instead of ssk in every other lace row. Me, I mirrored them (one sock using k2tog, the other ssk); after washing them, I think I prefer how the ssk looks.


I made these short anklets for the intended recipient. The minimum leg/cuff requirement for SOS08 is two inches and these qualify. The bamboo/merino yarn was very nice to work with, and I had no idea that subtle stripes would form. Two more lace repeats before starting the ribbed cuff would probably look nicer, but my hands were tired from all the decreases. : )

Pattern: “Summer 2008 Socks” by Wendy D Johnson of Wendyknits Size: 7″ circumference Yarn: Pagewood Yarns Bamboo/Merino – Denim – 55g Needles: Susan Bates Silvalume US 1 (2.25 mm) DPNS Started: June 23, 2008 Completed: June 27, 2008 Token Progress: 4 of 7

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10 Responses to “Summer 08 Socks”

  1. Chris Says:
    July 1st, 2008 at 9:00 am

    Those are really, really cool socks. I hope that pattern’s available later…

  2. Dave Says:
    July 1st, 2008 at 12:00 pm

    Very nice … those are exactly my colours – LOVE THEM!! Why am I knitting something red right now? :-)

  3. Guinifer Says:
    July 1st, 2008 at 12:28 pm

    I am casting those on this weekend! I prefer the SSK as well.

  4. Tanya Says:
    July 1st, 2008 at 1:58 pm

    VERY NICE! I’m looking for more “summer” sock patterns…you know, open and airy!

  5. Jeanne Says:
    July 1st, 2008 at 2:11 pm

    Great socks! That’s a nice yarn/pattern combo.

  6. Opal Says:
    July 1st, 2008 at 2:41 pm

    Wow! Those socks came out great. You’re starting the summer off with a bang. :)

  7. Carrie K Says:
    July 1st, 2008 at 6:59 pm

    I hope that pattern is available later, it’s cute as all get out. And summer friendly!

  8. Rina Says:
    July 1st, 2008 at 7:52 pm

    Cool socks. I didn’t know your BD was in June. Likewise like mine. The sock lace pattern reminds me of… crochet filet.

  9. Becky Says:
    July 2nd, 2008 at 3:15 am

    Beautiful socks! Love the pattern and the yarn works great with it.

  10. mrspao Says:
    July 2nd, 2008 at 4:03 pm

    Those are very pretty socks :)

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