Old and new

I’ve been knitting socks for a long time, and this summer, I had to face a difficult but unavoidable truth: some of my handknit socks were falling to pieces.

People often act amazed that I would knit myself a pair of socks (and how many times have you heard someone say the cliche that incites equal parts of rage and disbelief on my part:  “why bother when you can buy them so cheap at Walmart”) but handknit socks are absolutely wonderful. They fit like no machine-knit sock ever will. And they last a long time. I have handknit socks that are at least a decade old and only now are some of them starting to show serious wear.

While it broke my heart a little to have to take some of the rattiest looking handknit socks out of rotation, it did prove to be a good motivator to cast on some new ones. I started with a short pair of warmer-weather socks:

This is some neon Regia sock yarn I had in my stash. The colors are perfect for summertime.

And then I cast on a regular pair of crew socks, using some of the Regia Arne and Carlos sock yarn. I love the bright colors and the faux fair isle patterning:

sock in progress sm

I’m only on the leg of these socks, but I can tell I’m going to pick up some more of this line of yarn when I see it, since the colors change so quickly and are creating such a fun pattern.

So it’s out with the old (only if they are truly falling apart) and in with the new in my sock drawer.


P.S. As of this writing, there are some lovely self-striping and gradient fingering weight skeins in my ArtFire shop!


Some have silver sparkles; some do not.



Some miniskeins, too!

neon mini

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