Just what the winter cold calls for – a new pair of warm wool socks!
I don’t wear my hand knit socks with shoes often. My feet overheat with wool inside shoes. Occasionally with snow boats or when camping maybe. But I wear them around the house pretty much daily in the winter. The tile kitchen floor is so chilly! So, it is good to get a new pair in rotation.
These are from a free pattern called Village Socks. The yarn is Knit Picks bare that I dyed in jars. They’ve been my tote bag project, carted here and there and knit up a few rows at a time since September. Progress shots were posted on the blog back when I made my first needle holders.
I prefer to knit socks from the cuff down to the toes. I like how the heel is constructed in that method. I’m gradually improving with the kitchener grafting that is always the last step before finishing. Not my strongest skill and I have to look up the stitch order each time, but when I’m done I do admire the seamless results.
With the socks done, I needed a new tote bag project. After some time searching Ravelry patterns, I chose a garter stitch lace shawl in a warm gold to add color to these gray days. Knitting with Madeline Tosh yarns is always pure joy.