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…

oh sweet Malibrans!

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:

Summer of Socks Challenge pair #1

These are called “Leyburn” and the pattern is available on 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… 🙂

  • jules
    Posted at 14:04h, 13 May Reply

    Ah, Fluevogs. How could you be so cruel as to post a picture? I love them. And the socks.

  • susan
    Posted at 16:51h, 13 May Reply

    hi bridgett

    it’s sue your 2 at a time sock friend.
    i love your socks and shoes.
    are your socks a 2 at a time pair?

    see ya soon

    sue xo

    • needlesinthehay
      Posted at 09:50h, 22 May Reply

      Hi Sue!

      I did recently (finally!) finish a pair of two-at-a-time socks, but these are not them. When I started these Leyburns I thought about casting on two toes, but when I got to the ankle and realized I needed to rip back and change the sizing at the heel, I was really glad I didn’t! Ripping back two socks at once seems nearly impossible…

      Have you started any more two-at-a-time pairs?


  • Jenn
    Posted at 16:52h, 13 May Reply

    You’ve committed yourself now.
    Tangerine skein can be the tangerine dream cover band.

  • Mickey
    Posted at 12:37h, 14 May Reply

    Hi Bridge – Love the shoes AND the socks. Good luck with the next 13 pairs!

  • Don Allin
    Posted at 22:18h, 15 May Reply

    Hi Bridgie,
    The Socks and the Shoes are sooo you!
    I am soooo envious.

  • Tanya MacIntosh
    Posted at 08:37h, 15 June Reply

    Hi Bridget!
    It’s your happy Fluevog helper here – finally checking out your website and the Malibrans you’re rewarding yourself with for all your hard-knitting-work. Hooray! Good for you on your willpower for not wearing them yet…you’re a much stronger/more well-disciplined shoe-person than I am. I’m in love with your site and your socks. Do you mind if I forward this to our head office? Till next time – I’m thinking a road trip to Peterborough is in order!
    Best, Tanya

    • needlesinthehay
      Posted at 22:07h, 15 June Reply

      Hello Tanya!
      Great to hear from you! I admit I do “try them on” every once in a while, you know, to make sure the socks I’m knitting fit properly… at least that’s what I tell myself… But no real wearing yet. They stay in the store and don’t get incorporated into outfits – this is the secret to my “willpower”… 🙂

      Glad to hear you like the site – feel free to forward it to whomever you like! And let me know if you ever make it up to Peterborough – I’ll let you in on all the best places to go!


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