13 May So the story goes like this…
Once upon a time, I mentioned to a friend that I’d like to get some serious sock knitting done. I’ve knit some socks, sure, but no really impressive ones. They’ve all been kinda plain… To which my friend responded, “if you’re going to spend all of that time knitting complicated socks, you need to have shoes that are going to show them off”… At which point I looked down at my boots. The boots I wear… every… day. I had to admit, she had a point. I tend to go from boots to sandals, and then back to boots at summer’s end. Shoes, sock-showing shoes at that, are a factor.
And then I found them: Shoes. Quite possibly the perfect shoes… I decided that fourteen pairs of socks – twenty-eight individual socks in total! – would be a worthy goal. At the end, I would have one pair of socks for every day for two whole weeks! If I set aside $20 for each pair I knit, by the end I’d have enough for the shoes… It’s a perfect plan!
Fast forward to last week, when I had to go to Toronto for a business function (a supplier’s openhouse – quite fun!) and I thought, “well, I’m in Toronto anyways, and there’s a Fluevog store in Toronto, I might as well visit the shoes and, you know, make sure that they fit and such”… I found the store, the staff found the shoes, and it was love at first fit! Well, second fit, I went up a half-size to account for the fact that I would not only be wearing socks but handknit socks with them at that! They were so lovely, and it’s certainly going to take a significant amount of time to finish all those socks so…
I bought them. I know, I know, it’s kinda like cheating on the challenge, but I didn’t want to go to all that trouble for fourteen pairs of socks and have the shoes be out of stock when they’re finally done! The catch is that I’m not going to let myself *wear* them until the socks are done… or until I can’t stand it (I’m a little worried about September/October, really the perfect time for wearing cute shoes with handknit socks)… Until then, they will live at the store, and I will display the socks as I finish them. This is the Summer of Socks Challenge, and here is pair #1:
These are called “Leyburn” and the pattern is available on Ravelry.com here, and the yarn is called “Yummy” by Fibra Natura. I’m going to make a new page for this blog for the Summer of Socks Challenge to help keep track of my progress… Next up is “Laeticia” by Stephanie van der Linden, published in Twist Collective in the last tangerine skein of the Fleece Artist Nyoni….
Side note: doesn’t “tangerine skein” need to be band name or something? seriously… 🙂