Now that I’ve knit two pairs of socks, I feel like I’ve leveled up from knitting noob. These socks were inspired by Lauren Taylor from Lladybird, and a trip to Colorado with my dad.
I was lucky enough to meet up with Lauren when she came to Durham to teach at Spoonflower. I mentioned to her that I had just finished knitting my first pair of socks, and she immediately gave me an assignment. She told me to learn something every time I knit a pair of socks. For my next pair I was to knit toe-up. I’ve always been a good direction follower, so that’s what I did. I found an easy, free toe-up sock pattern on Ravelry: Vanilla Sock with Gusset & Choice of Heel by Jo Torr.
This yarn purchase was also inspired by Lauren, in a way. She wrote on her blog years ago that she likes to buy yarn from her travels as souvenirs, and that really resonated with me. I bought this yarn in Denver when I was in town for a conference this spring. It’s from a cute shop right downtown called Yarne Shoppe. The lady who runs the shop had dyed the yarn herself. It is a 75% superwash merino wool 25% nylon blend.
I must have also been subconsciously inspired by the mountains I was about to go visit after the conference when I picked out the yarn. While I was hiking with my dad in Rocky Mountain National Park the next week, I noticed rocks everywhere covered in lichen in the same color scheme as this yarn. I even stopped to take pictures of the rocks along the way.
Knitting up these socks was SO much faster than my first pair. They took just 62 days. Part of the reason they were quicker is that they are short socks. When I bought the yarn, I was assured that I had enough for short socks. I did not. Fortunately, I was able to find some complementing Cascade Heritage yarn at my local Freeman’s Creative, with the help of shopowner Amelia. I used that to finish up the cuffs.
I’m so excited to have my first pair of souvenir socks! It’s still really too hot to wear them, but I’ll be ready for when the weather turns.