All About Socks...and Yarn...


S-O-C-K-S!! HAPPY DANCE!! My first real socks!! Pink Beginner Socks. And they actually fit me!!  Weeehooo... :)))


They are sooo comfortable and fit so well... I still can't believe I made these!  They are knit in wool, and I have knit the legs rather short, so they can be worn as year-round socks. I will knit some socks with a longer leg for winter later. 

In case you aren't on Ravelry to be able to see my project notes, the pattern I used for these socks is the Beginner Socks Magic Loop Variation. I can highly recommend this pattern for the novice sock knitter--it is a great one to start with. 


In between all the sock knitting ecstasy, I recently indulged in a few purchases to help with the knitting--socks, or any other knitting. I bought this SUPER CUTE large zippered project bag from The Wooly Tangle--a UK-based seller on Etsy. How adorable are those llamas??!! Llamas!! The bag is ideal for holding socks in progress, or any other small project, and nice for taking on the go. From the Wooly Tangle I also bought two stitch marker sets.


And from another shop on Etsy, Gretel Creates, I purchased these very fun cat and tea-themed stitch marker sets. A cup of TEA solves everything... It sure does help! ;) 


Oooo... but I feel a sock addiction (obsession?!) coming on!!  Next up... I'm knitting another pair of socks using the pattern linked above--it's great practice. This time I'm using this scrumptious variegated yarn Nordlys from the yarn producer Viking of Norway, which has been in my stash. 


And I have some more Nordlys in this grey colorway along with some black SISU wool from Norwegian yarn producer Sandnes Garn. These are for some socks for TJ!! Black for the cuffs, heels and toes, and then the grey mix for the leg and foot of the socks.  



Ooo... and I've saved the best for last! Look at this gorgeous sock yarn!! This was hand dyed by Kathryn Senior, founder of the blogRavelry group, podcast, and Etsy shop of the same name-- CrafternoonTreats. I'd been wanting to try some of Kathryn's yarn for ages now, and I was so glad to be able to snag this wonderful skein in the Apple Blossom colorway when she recently updated her shop. These are sooo MY colors--pinks, purples, greys and white. And so sweet--she generously sent me one of the stitch markers she makes too, as well as a Yorkshire Gold teabag. Kathryn lives in Yorkshire, England. She has a focus on providing high quality, beautifully hand dyed British wool. She designs some fantastic colorways--like this one! This yarn is so scrumptiously soft... I can't wait to make this into a pair of socks!  

Yes, these yarns are superwash wool, unfortunately... And you know I have mixed feelings about superwash wool. I'm looking around for yarn for sock knitting that involves less chemicals in its production. My socks and the sock yarn journey is just beginning...

Are you beginning something new these days? Or rediscovering something, maybe?


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  1. Your socks turned out beautiful. Well done you! Loving the stitch markers and that new yarn of yours. Can't wait to see what you turn out! Love you. Happy weekend to you three. Hugs and love, xoxo ((((hugs))))) ♥ ♥ ♥

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    1. Thanks for the sock love, Marie! :)))

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  2. Wow Tracy congratulations!!! Those pink socks are beautiful and in a perfect colour too ;-)))
    Well you took knitting into a whole new upgraded level my friend! :-)))
    I adore the lamas bag! Omg, did you know that Lamas are one of my favourite animals? and I have gotten a card from little S with exactly these lamas for my bday! I will have to show it to you when we speak next time! And I love the pink gray-ish hand dyed yarn! Beautiful. Well they all are! You make me want to grab my needles, so I will say ‘thank you for sharing your beautiful work and happy weekend to you and TJ and sweet Luna! Big hugs, Jitka

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    1. Llamas... they are sooo sweet! :)))

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  3. I cannot wear wool. but I love the colors. and the results!
    this post makes me happy! a minimalist's delight. beautiful workmanship
    and useful results!
    I wear socks in the house year round. lightweight cotton in summer
    and heavier ones in the winter. they're just so cozy.
    I wear sandals outside in summer. but in winter … love my socks! xo

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    1. Thanks for more sock love, Tammy! Pretty, but useful, these socks are--very much a minimalistic delight these. ;) Pity you can't wear wool... I think I'd be lost here in winter without wool...LOL!

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  4. Your sock joy has me smiling! And has Mae me look at socks in a new light�� Here in SoCal, I rarely have need to wear socks at all and prefer to go barefoot at home.

    But it’s fun to join you in ooohing over your yarn ecstasy, my friend. You’re clearly having heaps of fun.

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    1. Thanks for the cheer, Anne! I can imagine you hardly every need socks are all where you are... ;) ((HUGS))

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  5. I am WAY too in love with all your fabulous yarn! Congratulations on the socks -- I'm so proud of you. Those are wee stitches and you did both feet! Bravo -- love the bright and happy color. But that YARN! I'm simply drooling. And I may have to visit Gretel's site for those stitch markers! Just because...

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    1. weehee....thanks, Jeanie! The new yarns are sooo scrumptious... *sigh*... like cuddling clouds! I've set aside the hand dyed pink-purple-grey for trying socks with more of a subtle pattern on the leg... when I'm ready to up my sock game. ;) Be careful at Gretel's shop--you'll want it all, too cute stuff! LOL...

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  6. Oh course my eyes flew to those tea stitch markers, so cute. Love all the yarn too. The socks are gorgeous, good job!!!!

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  7. You did such a great job with these socks and they are a perfect fit. Well done, Tracy! That apple blossom yarn is gorgeous and all the best things come from Yorkshire! Marie x

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    1. Thanks, Marie...loving the sock knitting! The apple blossom yarn was a bit of a splurge and it sooo scumptiously soft and beautiful... can't wait to make socks with this. And sooo many wonderful things do come from Yorkshire! ;)

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