Once Upon a Sock: November Edition

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Hi All!

As I typed November edition, I was like “What?” How can it already be November? This year is going to be over before I know it. I have been super busy making for some family/friends (surprise) so haven’t been able to blog about anything. I leave next Saturday (11/11) for my annual three week trek to Indiana and will update ya’ll on what I’ve been up to the last few months once all gifts have been distributed πŸ™‚ For those that are curious, you can always get a preview by looking at my projects on Ravelry. While you’re in there, add me as a friend! I love catching up on others projects and getting inspiration from what others have made.

This past weekend I realized October was almost over and I hadn’t started a new pair of socks. Part of that has been indecision on which pattern I wanted to work on and part of it has been which yarn I wanted to knit. I have so many patterns and so many skeins of yarn and I want to knit them all. In the end, I decided to go for a vanilla sock with fall colors.

Earlier this year, I purchased Mina Phillip’s Sock Pattern Club called The New York Collection! She released a new pattern each month in which were inspired by her move to New York City. I am so excited to knit each pair and had a super hard time deciding. Within the release, she also included her recipe for Vanilla Socks. I wanted something kind of mindless and super simple as I cannot concentrate on anything complicated right now. Of course, I forgot to divide the yarn in half for TAAT knitting, so I’m doing something I pledged never to do again and hope against hope that I don’t get second sock syndrome again…knit one sock at a time.

I am in love with the yarn. It was from one of my Yarnbox Sock Club months and the brand is Yarn Carnival in the High Wire 3-Play base. It is 100% Superwash Merino and the color I received is called Austin Equinox. It reminds me of Harry Potter colors. I love that I get to experience so many different yarn brands through this subscription that I normally would not buy. There is no nylon in it, so it’s not as stretchy as some yarns and I am interested in how well it will wear.

There are three different sizes in the pattern and I cast on with 64 stitches on size US 1 (2.25 mm) needles. I probably could have gone up a needle size or cast on for the 72 stitches instead. I have been trying on the cuff as I knit it to make sure it goes over my foot and although it is a little tight going over my heel, it does fit. I am knitting them on two circular needles versus the magic loop method or DPN’s. She offers different ways that she does the cuff and I chose to do twisted rib, which I’ve never done before. I have to say that it felt weird to me and I’ll probably do the regular ribbing in the future. The cuff is complete at 20 rows and I have five rows of the leg (plain stockinette) complete. I will be on vacation for part of the time while I’m in Indiana and hope to have more to show you next month!


Did you know that my friends and I blog about our sock knitting the first Thursday of every month? If you would like to join us, please let one of us know in the comments and we will be happy to link up with you! In the meantime, check out my very creative knitting buddies to see what they are up to this month!

Katherine atΒ fiber and sustenance

Kat atΒ felinity knits

Stefanie atΒ Wooly Cakes and Wooden Spoons

Until next time, Happy Knitting!


15 Comments Add yours

  1. Love the new socks Paula! They are very Harry Potter !! Hope you have a great time in Indiana !

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    1. Thank you, Katherine! I’m really excited to see my family and friends and hang out πŸ™‚

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  2. Hi Paula πŸ™‚ Please can you answer a query? Is the vanilla sock pattern a good one for a first timer of knitting socks. I’ve been knitting a long time but just never made socks. Thanks so much πŸ™‚

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    1. Hi there! I would say this pattern is good for someone who is knitting socks for the first time, if you want to start out with tiny needles and sock yarn. Mina includes photos for some of the more difficult items to master. I personally started with a worsted weight sock from Stacy Perry of Very Pink Knits. She has YouTube videos that detail every step that really helped me and I learned a ton of new techniques. Here’s the link to the pattern: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/toe-up-socks-using-german-short-rows

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      1. Thank you very much πŸ™‚

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  3. AJ says:

    Those colours are gorgeous! It must be neat to get a new pattern each month:)

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    1. I think they are too! Mina’s pattern club ran for 6 months, so its over now (you can buy the full collection now!); however I did enjoy getting an update every month. I also do get a new pattern every month with the Yarnbox Sock Club. Some I like, some I don’t; however I haven’t met a yarn from there as of yet that I haven’t liked.

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      1. AJ says:

        Oh getting yarn in the mail each month would be even better than a pattern:)

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  4. lisaurban24 says:

    The dyer from Yarn Carnival is from TX, I believe I met her once in fact. She’s gotten pretty big, which is fantastic. I am glad you enjoy her yarn, I am really liking your color here. Good luck!

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    1. Thank you so much for the additional information! The yarn is definitely a pleasure to knit with and I know I’m going to love the FO πŸ™‚


  5. Stefanie says:

    Your sock yarn is Gryffindorish for sure. I hope you have a lovely trip. I can’t believe Mina created eight patterns like that! What a creative mind she has.

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    1. I just love her patterns πŸ™‚ She is also such a prolific knitter. I wish I were even 1/4 as fast as she is with her knitting. And on top of having a baby this year? Crazy!!!

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  6. ellen says:

    Those socks look fun. I enjoyed the Yarnbox subscription for a while, but could not keep up with the wonderful yarns they sent and have stopped for the moment. I hope your socks and your trips turn out great!

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    1. Thank you so much, Ellen! I probably should stop too; however every month when I get that little surprise in the mail, it makes my heart happy πŸ™‚ I’m half way through my annual trip to Indiana and I’m having a great time!


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