Tuesday, November 25, 2008


Thanks everyone for the scarf suggestions. It got me thinking and looking, and I decided on one which no one mentioned. It is, however, in Scarf Style which Toby mentioned. That got me looking through the book where I found the Here and There Cables (Ravelry link) scarf. It's just what I was looking for - something with a lot of textural interest that is also reversible. I might take out one repeat and make the scarf a narrower, though.

There were also a couple of other topics in the comments, which I decided to revisit. By "not boring" I meant I didn't want it to be boring-looking. I'm actually perfectly happy knitting boring stuff because it allows me to pay attention to a movie, and I have a very long Netflix queue. (And Ravelry queue, for that matter, good thing they're complementary.)

Patterns like Monkey and Jaywalker are probably so popular for just this reason - they're relatively easy to knit, but produce nice non-boring socks. My current one is a modified version of the Gentleman's Shooting Stockings from Knitting Vintage Socks.

Shooting Stockings

It's a simple textured pattern, but it adds some interest to this yarn. Although if I had known originally that the yarn was stripey, I might have done something a little less fancy. In any case, I think they're turning out well.

Shooting Stockings - macro

The closeup of the stitch pattern is a little blurry, sadly winter light isn't great for taking photos.

And thanks to Cindiluhu and Chris for validating my sock-knitterness. The truth is that I want to knit other things. I'm not planning on stopping the sock knitting - not even close! But I do want to knit a few things that aren't socks. And the actual process of knitting a sock vs. a sweater doesn't make that much of a difference to me. The problem is more that when I go to cast on a new project I don't grab the yarn for that sweater I want to knit, I grab more sock yarn. (There's a lot of it, it's in exciting colors, I don't have to swatch!) But I *do* want a Ribby Cardi and a new scarf, so I should really get to knitting them.

As for sock leftovers... I have tons. This problem is compounded by the fact that I have small feet. I was actually thinking I should find someone with a loom and get them to weave me a scarf with black yarn for the warp and stripes of all my crazy sock yarn leftovers. I think it would be cool! Maybe in exchange for a pair of socks... ;)

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Blogger ~RaenWa~ said...

That scarf is goregous I am hooked on cables now since I made a scarf with cables they always come out some cool. I need to build up my sock list on Ravelry.

12:33 AM  
Blogger Toby said...

I had really forgotten how many textural scarves are in Scarf Style until you posed the question.

I have the same habit of grabbing sock yarn whenever I start a new project (not necessarily a bad thing for me because sock yarn is most of my stash). NaKniSweMo helped me break out of that rut earlier this month and I'm longing to cast on for another sweater - just as soon as I finish Christmas knitting!

7:24 AM  
Blogger Nell said...

A woven scarf out of sock leftovers is a great idea! I think I'm going to make Ornaments out of my leftovers. But I've been planning that for awhile and it's still not off the ground. So we'll see...

2:22 PM  

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Sock Yarn

    A quest to use sock yarns:

    Yarns I've had:
    * means I really liked it

    4-ply Soft
    A Piece of Vermont*
    Artyarns Supermerino*
    Austermann Step
    BMFA Sock Candy*
    Black Bunny Fibers*
    Brown Sheep Naturespun Sport
    Chinese Mystery sock yarn
    Claudia's Handpaints
    Conjoined Creations Flat Feet
    Crystal Palace Maizy
    CTH Supersock
    Dicentra Designs
    Dorchester Farms
    Fearless Fibers
    Gloss (KP)
    Interlacements Beibi Seda
    Interlacements Tiny Toes
    Interlacements Toasty Toes
    Jarbo Raggi
    Jojoland Melody
    Kona Superwash
    KP Essential
    KP Merino
    KP Palette
    Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock*
    Macek Designs
    Magic Stripes
    Mega Boots Stretch
    Nature's Palette
    Noro Kureyon Sock
    Panda Cotton
    Paton's Kroy*
    Peru DK
    Peruvian Quechua
    Regia Bamboo*
    Regia Cotton
    Regia Strato*
    Ruby Sapphire
    Socks That Rock*
    Star (Classic Elite)
    Stitch Jones
    Sunshine Yarns*
    Three Fates Cauldron Sock*
    Wool Ease
    Yarn Pirate*

    In Progress:

    Perchance to Knit
    Yarns in the stash:

    All Things Heather
    Ancient Threads
    Apple Laine
    Araucania Ranco
    Artyarns Ultramerino
    Autumn House Farm
    Baby Ull
    Ball and Skein
    Baywood Yarns
    Bearfoot (Mountain Colors)
    Briar Rose Fibers
    Brooklyn Handspun
    Cavyshops Handpaint
    C*eye*ber Fiber
    Cervinia Calzetteria
    CTH Superglitz
    Chasing Rainbows Dyeworks
    Chewy Spaghetti
    Classic Elite Alpaca Sox
    Colinette Cadenza
    Colinette Jitterbug
    Country Classic Yarn for Sox
    Crash Into Ewe
    Crown Mountain Farms Sock Hop
    Curious Yarns
    Done Roving
    Dream in Color
    Duet (A Swell Yarn Shop)
    Dye Dreams
    Ellen's Half Pint Farm
    End of the World Farm
    Fashion Trend Sportivo
    The Fiber Denn
    Fleece Artist
    The Flock Bransonas
    French Hill Farm
    Froehlich Blauband
    Gjestal Silja
    Great Adirondack Soxie
    Greenwood Fiberworks
    Jaeger Matchmaker
    Jarbo Mini Raggi
    Jawoll Cotton
    Just Our Yarn
    Knit Purl Natural Collection
    Kona Superwash
    KP Dancing
    KP Essential Tweed
    Lime & Violet
    Lisa Souza
    Louet Gems Pearl
    Mama Llama
    Merlin the Cat
    Meilenweit Cotton
    Meilenweit Trend
    Mind's Eye Merino/Tencel
    Mirasol Hacho
    Misty Mountain Farm
    The Natural Dye Studio
    Neighborhood Fiber Company
    Over the Rainbow Twinkletoes
    Pigeon Roof Studios
    Pine Woods
    Posh Yarn Lucia
    Prism Saki
    Pucker Brush Farm
    Regia Surf
    Reynolds Swizzle
    Reynolds Soft Sea Wool
    Rio De La Plata
    Royale Hare
    Roz Houseknecht
    Schaefer Anne
    Scout's Swag
    Sheep Shop Wensleydale
    Shelridge Farm
    Sockenwolle Unipo
    Spirit Trail Fiberworks
    Spunky Eclectic
    Steinbach Wolle Sockenwolle
    Sundara Yarn
    Tess Designer Yarns
    The Unique Sheep
    Universal Ditto
    Valley Yarns Franklin
    vanCalcar Acres
    White Oak Studio tvyarn
    Wisdom Yarns Marathon
    Wool in the Woods
    The Woolen Rabbit
    Yarn Botanika Radiance
    Ysolda Yarn
    Zen Yarn Garden

    To check out:

    Sophie's Toes
    The Spinning Bunny Yarns BFL

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