Summertime…what do you knit? It’s been very warm the past few weeks here in New England and I am sure it’s not too different where you are. It’s too warm to work on the blanket I have on my needles (at least without cranking the A/C). So what should I knit?
For me the answer is easy…socks. They are small (so there isn’t anything on my lap) and the yarn is thin (so it’s not too hot running through my fingers)…but it’s still knitting and I get my daily fiber fix. Socks also make a great travel project because they are small and easy to pack (also good subway/mass transit projects) and since a lot of people travel during the summer, it’s a perfect match.
Luckily I know I am not alone in this thinking. How do I know? Because of the beautiful spread in Vogue Knitting Early Fall on Socks by John Brinegar!
When I first saw the spread there was one pair in particular that stood out to me:
I look at them, pulled the magazine closer to my face and looked again. I thought “Wow, those socks are beautiful. I love the way the yarn stripes like that.” Imagine my surprise when I flipped to the pattern to see what yarn was used and it was Alpaca Sox! It was our yarn! I was giddy to say the least.
John used seven colors of Alpaca Sox to make these socks. He came up with a beautiful stripe pattern where he changed colors every round.
Seven skeins of Alpaca Sox is a lot of yarn. So we came up with a few ideas to help make these beautiful socks without breaking the bank.
- Get together with some of your other sock loving
friends and split the skeins. We are guesstimating that you will be able to
split the colors with three other friends, but each of you may want your own
personal skein of the Ash color (which he used for the cuff, heel and toe).
You’ve never split yarn evenly into separate balls before? It’s easy. First you want to find a kitchen scale and a ball winder (not as necessary…but it does make it easier). The next thing you want to do is wind the whole skein (100 grams) into a ball. Put the ball onto the scale and set the yarn up to wind on the winder. Now simply wind off 25 grams and cut the yarn. Repeat twice more. You should now have 4 balls of 25 grams of Alpaca Sox. This would make a great mini knit-a-long!
- How about split the yarn with someone who loves
the stripe sequence, but wants to make a cowl out of it instead? I actually
love this idea and have cast on for a cowl myself using the colors recommended.
I used a provisional cast on and started with first stripe sequence from John’s
pattern. Right now I am planning on using his whole sequence…but I may change
my mind as I get further along.
With seven colors, you will only need about a half a skein of each color to make a double loop cowl, which still leaves plenty of yarn for your socks and maybe one extra pair.
- Why stop at a cowl…how about a scarf or a hat?
- Or make a pair of socks and a matching cowl.
- How about using the leftover yarn for a mitered square baby blanket (I am sure you have some other ends of sock yarn lying around that you can add to it).
I think that you get the idea…there is always something to do with your leftovers.
Now, I happen to love the colors that John picked, but maybe they are not your cup of tea. That’s ok. We have a ton of other colors in the kettle dyed Alpaca Sox to choose from. Not into making your own stripes? That’s ok too. We also have a bunch of hand painted colors in Alpaca Sox that would make beautiful socks.
Photos courtesy of Vogue Knitting, Paul Amato, photographer.