Socks

Knit with me on The Longest Day!

Please join me on The Longest Day (Sunday, June 20) as I knit to raise awareness (and hopefully a whole lot of funds) for the Alzheimer’s Association. Each year the Alzheimer’s Association challenges individuals to help fight the disease by raising funds and awareness for care, support, and research on the day with the most light.

For my part, I’ll knit from sunrise (somewhere around 5:00 am) to sunset (somewhere around 9:00 pm) Mountain Standard Time on a pair of socks I designed specifically for this event.

The cable-and-eyelet pattern in my Fading Memories Socks represents the twists and turns in the memories of those afflicted with Alzheimer’s, in a gradient colorway inspired by The Longest Day logo.
For every Fading Memories Socks pattern sold, I will donate $5 to Alzheimer’s research.

The yarn I used is Fading Shadows gradient kit of 5 mini skeins specially dyed by Greenwood Fiberworks. The yarn is 75% superwash merino and 25% nylon; there are 92 yards (20 grams) of each color for a total of 552 yards (120 grams). The gradient kits are available through Longmont Yarn Shoppe of Longmont, Colorado.

For every gradient pack of Fading Shadows sold, Longmont Yarn Shoppe will donate $10 to Alzheimer’s.

On Sunday, June 20 (the longest day of 2021), I’ll knit another version of Fading Memories Socks and post my progress in hourly (or somewhat hourly) Instagram posts.

Because it’s better to knit together, some of my favorite yarn shops have joined in the fun. In addition to donating a percentage of their sales to Alzheimer’s, they will host free Zoom knit-a-longs (I’ll be there), complete with prizes and special offers. Contact the shops directly to register. Those who join all four knit-a-longs will have a chance for special awards.

Four Purls of Winter Haven, Florida: 10:00 to 11:00 am Eastern Time (9:00 to 10:00 am Central Time, 8:00 to 9:00 am Mountain Time; 7:00 to 8:00 am Pacific Time)

River City Yarns of Edmonton, Alberta: 12:00 to 1:00 pm Mountain Time (2:00 to 3:00 pm Eastern time, 1:00 to 2:00 pm Central Time, 11:00 am to 12:00 pm Pacific Time)

Bazaar Girls Yarn Shop of Port Townsend, Washington: 1:00 to 2:00 pm Pacific Time (4:00 to 5:00 pm Eastern Time, 3:00 to 4:00 pm Central Time, 2:00 to 3:00 pm Mountain Time)

Longmont Yarn Shoppe of Longmont, Colorado: 4:00 to 5:00 pm Mountain Time (6:00 to 7:00 pm Eastern Time, 5:00 to 6:00 pm Central Time, 3:00 to 4:00 pm Pacific Time)

Follow me on Instagram at annbuddknits. Better yet, join me in the knit-a-longs and support a great cause!
Either way, please visit my  fundraiser page and make a donation.

Thank you.

 

Fading Memories Socks

These gradient socks were designed for the 2021 Longest Day event sponsored by Alzheimer’s Associations (alz.org)–an annual fundraiser that takes place on the summer solstice. This event is important to me as my mother, as well as several friends have been afflicted with the disease.

For every pattern sold, $5 will be donated to Alzheimer’s research.

The yarn used here is a special gradient set based on the colors in The Longest Day logo and represents the fading memories of those suffering Alzheimer’s. The stitch pattern is a combination of alternating closely spaced cables and a “wandering” eyelet pattern that represents the mental confusion of fading memories. On the knitter’s part, the pattern requires a bit of concentration that keeps the mind alert.

Worked from the top down, these socks begin with the Twisted German (also called Old Norwegian) cast-on and end with the Kitchener stitch. A flap-and-gusset heel provides a comfortable fit, especially for feet with high insteps. To create a slight flare that accommodates the calf muscle, one size larger needles are used for the cast-on and upper leg.

The stitch pattern is presented in both written and charted format.

Moss Grove Socks

Worked from the top down, these socks feature a deceptively simple lace pattern around the leg and along the top of the foot. The pattern repeats over 20 rounds, but there are only three unique rounds to remember, making these ideal for “TV knitting”.

The socks begin with a sturdy yet flexible Twisted German (also called Old Norwegian) cast-on at the cuffs and end with the Kitchener stitch at the toes.

A traditional round heel (composed of a heel flap and gusset) provides a comfortable fit, especially for feet with high insteps. To create a slight flare that accommodates the calf muscle, one-size larger needles are used for the cast-on and upper leg.

Both row-by-row and charted instructions are provided.

The pattern includes three sizes: About 6 1/2 (7 1/2, 8 1/2)” (16.5 [19, 21.5] cm) foot circumference to fit a child’s large (woman’s medium, woman’s large) foot. A single skein is sufficient for any of the three sizes.

The socks are knitted at a gauge of 8.5 stitches/inch on size U.S. 1 (2.25 mm) needles for the lower leg and foot. The cast-on and upper leg is worked on size U.S. 2 (2.75 mm) needles.

Pacific Traveler Socks

Worked from the top down, these socks begin with a sturdy yet flexible Twisted German (also called Old Norwegian) cast-on at the cuffs, and end with the Kitchener stitch at the toes.

The leg is worked in a combination of k3, p1 rib with a panel of traveling cables along the front of the leg and top of the instep. A traditional round heel (composed of a heel flap and gusset) provides a comfortable fit, especially for feet that have high insteps.

To create a slight flare that accommodates the calf muscle, one size larger needles are used for the cast-on and upper half of the leg.

Instructions are given for three sizes: About 7 (7 1/2, 8)” (18 [19, 20.5] cm) foot circumference (unstretched), to fit an adult small (medium, large) foot. One skein of yarn is needed for each of the three sizes.

The lower leg and foot are knitted at a gauge of 8.5 stitches/inch on size U.S. 1 (2.25 mm) needles. Needles one size larger (U.S. 2/2.75 mm) are used for the cast-on and upper leg.

Socks in Progress

I admit to having more than my share of handknitted socks. At last count there were 32 “active” pairs and another 38 pairs in my workshop/gift bin. That’s 70 pairs for a total of 140 individual socks!

Still, I find myself unable to stop knitting them. Whether I use double-pointed needles or the magic-loop method on a long circular needle, I find socks most satisfying to knit. And I prefer to wear them above any store-bought pair.

I love the endless combinations of stitch patterns and yarns. I rarely visit a yarn store without purchasing a skein of sock yarn and I have dozens of skeins of sock yarn to prove it.

I am currently working on three pairs. Clockwise from upper left: a pair of  Topsy-Turvey Socks in Madeline Tosh Tosh Sock in the Curiosity colorway (ready for the heel flap), a pair of Ann’s Go-To Socks in The Cyborg’s Craft Room Assockilate in the Impromptu Dance Party colorway (halfway down the foot), and another pair of Ann’s Go-To Socks in Jorstad Creek tweed sock yarn in a brilliant lime green (ready for the Kitchener stitch).

If you’ve never tried knitting socks, I suggest you get a copy of my Getting Started Knitting Socks book. It will guide you step by step through the process. If you’re ready to expand your sock horizons, check out Sock Knitting Master Class and New Directions in Sock Knitting. You’re sure to find a pattern that will, well, knock your socks off!

Free Time!

I don’t know about you, but I always feel as though I’ve been given a gift each fall when Daylight Savings Time ends. I love the concept of “falling back” an hour.  I only wish it didn’t necessitate “springing forward” each spring — it takes me a week to recover from the lost hour. But I digress.

This year I decided to take advantage of the hour gained by going off Daylight Savings Time last Sunday by starting a new project. I cast on stitches for (yet) another pair of socks at the top of the hour and marked my progress at the end of that hour. The geek in me decided to count the stitches –2,448 stitches in 60 minutes!

Not bad for a free hour’s work!

The yarn is Jorstad Creek Tweed Sock (100% BFL wool; 435 yards [397 meters]/100 grams) in the Chartreuse colorway. I’m using my go-to rib of k3, p1, and working the upper leg on size US 1.5 (2.50 mm) Signature double-pointed needles; I’ll work the lower leg, heel, foot, and toe on size US 1 (2.5 mm) needles. Working the upper leg on one size larger needles is a trick I learned long ago from the venerable Priscilla Gibson-Roberts. It gives just enough flare in the upper leg to accommodate the calf muscle. Brilliant!

How did you use your free hour?

Ode to the Longest Day

I’m happy to announce that I’ve uploaded a new pattern on Ravelry.

I designed Longest Day Socks while knitting from sunup to sundown as a fundraiser for Alzheimer’s awareness and research. During the 16 hours of sunlight, I completed one and half socks and raised more than $2,000.

I admit that I took a a little break from knitting and didn’t finish the second sock until a few days after the event.

These socks are worked from the top down in columns of traveling stitches that resemble vertical lines of lightening bolts, Harry Potter fashion.

The socks begin with a Twisted German cast-on, followed by a few rounds of twisted rib. The remainder of the leg and the instep are worked in the embossed lightening bolt pattern for an interesting, but not-too-complicated knit. A traditional round heel (composed of a heel flap and gusset) provides a comfortable fit. The tip of the toe is closed with Kitchener stitch.

Use the coupon code CURE ALZHEIMER’S to receive 20% off the purchase price of Longest Day Socks between now and midnight September 15.

Longest Day Socks

I designed these socks while knitting from sunup to sundown as a fundraiser for Alzheimer’s awareness and research. During the 16 hours of sunlight on June 19, 2018, I completed one and half socks.

These socks are worked from the top down in columns of traveling stitches that resemble vertical lines of lightening bolts, Harry Potter fashion. The socks begin with a Twisted German (also called Old Norwegian) cast-on, followed by a few rounds of twisted rib. The remainder of the leg and instep are worked in the embossed lightening bolt pattern for an interesting but not-too-difficult knit. A traditional round heel (composed of a heel flap and gusset) provides a comfortable fit. The toe is finished with Kitchener stitch.

A New Pattern

I’ve recently posted the pattern for my Hygga Delight Socks on Ravelry.

Like a lot of people, I’ve embraced the Danish concept of hygge, which roughly translates to “cozy.” And what is cozier than slipping your feet into a blend of merino, cashmere, and silk? I designed these socks for unbridled self-indulgent luxury. Wear them while sipping cocoa in front of a fire, reading a novel on a stormy night, or simply relaxing at the end of a cold day.

These socks are worked with one strand each of two luxury fingering weight yarns held together throughout. The cuff begins with a decorative Channel Island cast-on followed by a few slouchy welts. The heel is composed of a flap and gusset; the toe is finished with the Kitchener stitch.

I realize that the heat of the summer is not exactly prime time for knitting such thick and warm socks, but I promise that cold weather will be here before we know it. Like any good Girl Scout, you’ll want to be prepared.

You’ll find my Hygge Delight socks on my Ravelry page. Use the code COZY to get 20% off the purchase price between now and midnight August 1. Then be prepared to laugh in the face of winter.

Hygge Delight Socks

Like a lot of people, I’ve embraced the Danish concept of hygge, which roughly translates to “cozy.” And what is cozier than slipping your feet into a blend of merino, cashmere, and silk? I designed these socks for unbridled self-indulgent luxury. Wear them while sipping cocoa in front of a fire, reading a novel on a stormy night, or simply relaxing at the end of a cold day.

These socks are worked with one strand each of two luxury fingering weight yarns held together throughout. The cuff begins with a decorative Channel Island cast-on followed by a few slouchy welts. The heel is composed of a flap and gusset; the toe is finished with the Kitchener stitch.

  • One strand of each yarn is held together throughout.
  • The leg/cuff is worked on one size larger needle for a loose, comfy fit.
  • A video tutorial for the Channel Island cast-on can be found at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=up-0QOubXQ8
  • The Channel Island Cast-On begins with a slipknot that is worked together with the adjacent stitch on the first round of knitting.
  • When picking up gusset stitches each side of the heel flap, pick up one stitch in each chain edge stitch and an additional two stitches into the leg to prevent a gap or hole forming at the top of the gusset.