I finished up the first sock of the Candles and Coffee socks. These are designed by Julia Pehl of the Happy Knitting Podcast. I am knitting them out of Lichen and Lace 80/20 sock (80% superwash merino, 20% nylon) in the colorway Teal Tide.
The socks are knit cuff down with a lace panel all the way down. I used U.S. size 1 needles and put in a heel flap and gusset. I finished up two pairs – one for January and one for February. It’s March 17th, so I am only a tiny bit behind on finishing a third pair by the end of the month. If I cast on the second sock today, I just might make it!
I love how this pattern is knitting up. The lace panel is interesting but not too difficult. After struggling through my Magnolia sweater by Camilla Vad, I thought maybe I just wasn’t that great at lace. This still might be true, but at least I can knit these socks without too much trouble. The yarn is only 365 yards / 100g so the socks are pretty thick. It’s more like a boot sock than something I’d want to wear in my shoes. Let’s be honest, I haven’t been going much of anywhere lately, so they fit in my slippers just fine.
This pattern is part of a knit along – or a sock along – that Julia is hosting until the end of April. Any one of her sock patterns counts. She has some lovely patterns, so if you are up for it, come on over and join in on instagram (#happysockskal).
Since I seem to be cranking out socks this year, I picked up a skein of self-striping yarn from Nomadic Yarns, by Ashley Aguilar so that I am ready to cast on my pair for April. It’s in her trusty sock base, 74% superwash merino, 25% nylon, in the colorway Old Friend.
There’s some pumpkin, pink, green, and a lovely mustard yellow color in there. I can’t wait to see how this stripes up. I might pick up some basic sock yarn to do contrasting heels, toes and cuffs, since I don’t seem to have any leftover scraps that would work well for that.
I can’t wait to get started. Part of me just wants to cast on for these and finish up the Candles and Coffee socks next month. If I do a single sock in two weeks, I am still on track to have 12 finished pairs at the end of the year. They don’t actually have to match, right??