I can’t believe we are past the half-way point for 2016. I took a little time off from designing at the beginning of the year to concentrate on some projects around the house. Then life threw us a curveball when our mini-dachshund, Frank, began dislocating his shoulder. After many vet trips and referrals to surgeons down in Louisiana, he is now recovering from shoulder surgery that we hope has fixed the problem! So, not very much design work happened throughout that ordeal either (but there was some! I do have some new things on the horizon! Wahoo!).

Catnip Socks | frecklesandpurls.com

Throughout it all, though, my knitting never stopped! What was I knitting these past 6 months to keep my sanity? Socks, socks, socks! And when I was sent a skein of Kraemer Yarns Saucon Sock yarn to try, I was extra excited! Why? Because I realized that all of my handknit socks are made of wool! And Saucon Sock is a cotton blend! What a treat it would be to make a pair of cotton socks! And, really, it just makes sense, right? I mean, I live in south Mississippi! Why do I have so many wool socks?! A cool, lacy pair of shorty socks were just what I needed for summer and I went in search of the perfect pattern.

The pattern I landed on is Catnip Socks by Wendy D. Johnson. It was a perfect match for this yarn! I did make a few changes to the construction, though. I knit them top-down instead of toe-up, like the pattern was written. I also used my favorite Fish Lips Kiss heel and my (new) favorite toe – the Swirl Toe from the book Sock Architecture (my love for this book is never-ending!).

I love everything about these socks. Really. The pattern is fantastic and the yarn is a new favorite, for sure.

Catnip Socks |frecklesandpurls.com

I will admit that I was a little nervous about how I would like working with cotton yarn for socks. When I think of cotton yarn, I tend to think of kitchen cotton and was wondering if this would tear up my hands like kitchen cotton does. But Saucon Sock yarn blends the perfect amount of cotton with the perfect amount of nylon and acrylic to keep my hands happy! I honestly didn’t notice a difference between knitting with this yarn and my usual wool blends.

And when I knit the entire cuff and realized I had cast on the wrong number of stitches, I decided to rip it all out and start over. Not just because I’m a perfectionist (ahem…) but also because SCIENCE! This would be a perfect test to see how well it stands up to being ripped out! The verdict? It rips and re-knits beautifully. No fuzziness. No tangling. Perfect!

I am so excited to have found a new sock yarn to love! And one that is climate-appropriate to boot! I am already plotting which color I want to knit next. There are a lot to choose from and I want them all! (by the way, my Catnip Socks are knit in Sea Blue)

I have a lot more socks to show you along with a couple of sneak peeks at some new shawl designs that I’m excited to be working on! Not that I haven’t enjoyed knitting all the socks, but it is nice to get back to my first love. ❤️


2 Comments on Catnip Socks after a long catnap…

  1. Kevin
    February 9, 2018 at 6:55 am (6 years ago)

    I want to knit some socks for the first time. I want to be sure I have all my supplies first, to avoid having to stop and go get something.

    Could you tell me what those wooden things are in the above picture? Are those wooden foot-shaped forms for blocking, demo, or are they used as you progress with your sock? Thank you!

    Kevin Mc.
    Alabama, USA

    • allison
      May 10, 2018 at 6:11 pm (6 years ago)

      How am I just now getting notified of this comment from months ago?! Ack! I’m sure you’ve already found the answer to your question but I wanted to respond so that you didn’t think I was ignoring you! Those are sock blockers and I use them to block my socks when they’re finished (and they are also PERFECT for photographing finished and “in progress” socks!). You can find them made of metal, wood, plastic, you name it! Lots of different styles to choose from! They aren’t REQUIRED for sock knitting but they do add to the fun of it! Sorry for the tardy reply! I’m going to see if I can figure out why I wasn’t notified of your comment in February! 😛 Happy Knitting, Kevin!


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