Summer of Socks – halfway done!

A little more than half finished, actually, as the Mermaid socks are coming right along.

Here’s Pair Number Six: Midsummer Nights Dream by Natalie Bursztyn

Midsummer Nights Dream socks

They’re not as uneven as they look! (I lifted one foot so that it would be easier to see the detail). This pattern was rather fun – available for free from – and customizeable for length since it’s a toe-up sock. I used my digital scale to weigh my remaining yarn as I was finishing my first sock to get it as close to exactly half the ball as possible (leaving half for the second sock).

And Pair Number Seven: Evening Stockings for a Young Lady by Nancy Bush

Evening Stockings

Despite being knee socks, these were quite fun. This was my first time using Austermann Step Classic, and I was pretty impressed! It’s much nicer and softer to work with than you might initially expect, and the knitting just flew by. I did add a *lot* of rows to account for my tallness of leg, all of which is documented on my Ravelry page. The pattern is from Nancy Bush’s book Knitting Vintage Socks, which is a great resource for sock knitting basics like various heels and toes, a little bit of history, and a LOT of patterns for mens and childrens socks, which is quite uncommon for a sock pattern book.

Seven pairs done, seven pairs to go! (and a big thanks to Naomi for reminding me that this post was long overdue!)

Summer of Socks Challenge - halfway!

  • Shelley
    Posted at 13:41h, 14 July Reply

    Beautiful work, but you need to add some socks on the other side of the colour spectrum. Where’s your beautiful blues and greens???

    Can’t wait to see what’s next.

    • needlesinthehay
      Posted at 13:54h, 14 July Reply

      I know, I know! I keep aiming in the direction of blue/green, but it hasn’t really worked yet. The ones I’m working on now are DARK green, but I have plans for blue very soon! 🙂

  • Cleric at Large
    Posted at 13:45h, 14 July Reply

    I think the pattern on the XXL shows up in the photo far better than it does up close. Perfect socks for being admired from a distance.

    • needlesinthehay
      Posted at 13:56h, 14 July Reply

      heh, um, yes, that’s not an accident! Viewed from a distance, and lit from the side, the pattern is plainly visible! Good thing they’re super comfy… 🙂

  • Nancy
    Posted at 11:02h, 18 July Reply

    I love the socks and I love the shoes! I have the Nancy Bush book that I was given as a gift but haven’t yet made any socks from it.

  • LoriAngela
    Posted at 15:22h, 19 July Reply

    I’m inspired by your blog to get back to knitting socks. I ditched them for lace and baby blankets. I was born in Peterborough and thank you for making it feel like you’re my LYS.

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