I am in LOVE with using my MadelineTosh Twist Light sock yarn seen here:

2015-05-01 11.57.42 It is a beautiful purple yarn with lots of different shades of purple interspersed all through the yarn. It is really soft and nice to knit with, too. I can’t wait to wear this pair of socks. 🙂

The pattern comes from the Sockupied Fall 2013 issue from Interweave Knits. There is an article in there about making socks to fit ample calves and ankles, which I have, and this pattern stems from that article. The lace portion will resemble a stacked tulip pattern, which I also love, and the back will be like that as well. I do have a concern about the pattern because it calls for a double YO to start the stacked tulip pattern on the chart. I don’t know how to do a YO one right behind the other without having a knit stitch to anchor the YO. I would think that will make the hole it creates quite large, but it doesn’t look large on the pictures. Here is a picture of the socks from the Interweave Store:

azureasocks

I can only point people to the Sockupied Fall 2013 issue if you want to get the pattern and read the article. Here is some of the information on the pattern itself:

“Knitters whose calves or ankles don’t fit into a standard sock size may have previously forgone the joys of sock knitting. With calves and ankles that can stretch to almost 150% of the resting circumferences, these socks give knitters with curvier legs a pattern that fits and looks great. A stacked flower pattern flows elegantly into the stretchy ribbed cuff.

Finished Size: 8 (8½, 9)” (20.5 [21.5, 23] cm) foot circumference, 9½ (10, 10½)” (24 [25.5, 26.5] cm) calf circumference and 9″ (23 cm) height from bottom of heel to top of cuff, and 9″ (23 cm) long from tip of toe (foot length is adjustable).
Yarn: Dream in Color Smooshy
Yarn Weight:
#1 – Super Fine
Needles:
U.S. size 1 (2.5 mm)
Notions:
Markers (m), tapestry needle
Gauge:
30 sts and 48 rounds = 4″ (10 cm) in St st
Originally Published:
Sockupied Fall 2013″

[URL]http://www.interweavestore.com/azurea-knit-socks-pattern[/URL]

I am making the 8 inch size because when I knitted up my last pair of socks at 64 stitches, they came out loose fitting. These socks are a bit smaller at 60 stitches, so I will see if they fit better. These are toe-up socks by the way. I had a friend tell me to run a lifeline before I start the sizing so that I can rip it back to there if they don’t fit me, and I have ran lifelines on both sides of the sock now. I am going to make the 8 inch size and see if that fits my foot better than the 9 inch size did on my previous socks. I will keep ya’ll updated on how they turn out. I am excited to be doing my very first “patterned” sock, meaning that this is the first real pattern that I am following to make socks. All the other socks that I have made have been from patterns that are basic socks that just teach the techniques but really aren’t a pattern to follow so to speak. At least that is what the people who designed the patterns say. I thought that they were patterns until I started reading this pattern. I found out that those were actual basic sock patterns to teach me technique and that was it. 🙂

Now on to another subject entirely… What do you listen to when you knit? Are you a TV listener or an audiobook listener?  I listen to TV in the background when I am knitting whether I need to concentrate on the pattern or whether or not I am just mindlessly knitting a stockinette or garter stitch pattern. I listen to audiobooks occasionally, especially if my favorite authors have a new book out.. Kristin Hannah has a new book out called The Nightingale, which is really good. It is historical fiction, and I am listening to it on audiobook now, and so far it is very good. I am about 2/3 of the way through it. I just purchased 2 more books by my favorite authors, Lisa Scottoline and Nora Roberts. I hope those books are as good as Kristin Hannah’s has been. Lisa Scottoline’s book is a psychological thriller about OCD and being a sociopath.. **Evil grin** and Nora Roberts book is called “The Liar” and it is about finding out that your spouse isn’t who he said he was all of these years and when he dies you find out all of the lies that he has told you for the whole time you were married. These are the books that are interesting me at the moment. What books do you like to listen to? What TV shows do you like to repeatedly watch when you are knitting? Do you watch a show that you have seen 100 times so that you don’t have to have your eyes on the screen or do you watch a new show that you haven’t seen before?

Until next time,
Linda

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