For some while I have been trying to get motivated to knit socks.
As mentioned in some previous post – I bought a Craftsy course that has been languishing since before Christmas but just can’t seem to find the time or motivation to cast on. For some reason I am more drawn to garments in knitting and to take time away from those projects just hasn’t felt right.
Over the last couple of weeks, though, I am starting to feel that I am nearly there, and a small, smouldering fire has been lit under the ample behind of this desire as I am testing sock yarn bases and feel I need to know firsthand what makes for good sock knitting.
A few inspirations have also popped up in the blog-o-sphere the last couple weeks which are also spurring me on.
The vivacious Juju Vale at my LYS, Loop in Islington, released a free simple striped sock pattern on their blog and introduced me to the brilliant concept of odd-matched socks which I love!
The concept uses three balls of yarn – one small ball of hardwearing yarn in contrast for the heel and toe and 2 colour balls for mirrored striping. From this combo you can get 7 somewhat matching socks. You can’t go wrong with that! And I love the idea of having slightly mismatching socks for some reason.
Also the pattern is toe-up and uses an afterthought heel which seems to suit my laziness factor as this means I can knit two simple tubes a the same time and then sort out the heel at the end. Perfect for a first sock project.
The second inspiration was at a recent trip to a knitting shop where I got to fondle the most beautiful cabled sock I have ever laid hands on. It was silver and textured and tightly knit in the most gorgeous yarn, and, and …truly a work of beauty and made me WANT. I suddenly have the biggest desire to wear that kind of loveliness on my feet.
The third inspiration came from Pinterest, where I saw this image:
This fantastic visual collection of heel options is from Taina’s Ravelry page, where you can find links to many of these in patterns that use the methods. (Thanks Taina!) Click on the image to get a bigger view and check out her Finnish blog for lots of knitted goodness!
I find myself drawn to numbers 1, 2, 5, and 6 with their stripey twisted stitch looking appearance.
I’d love to get some feedback on these different types from those that have tried them before! What is your favourite sock heel, and why? Come on…you know you have one…! 😉