I don’t even know where to begin.
I keep making socks.
It’s just . . . so . . . fun.
Ever since we got the first rough drafts of Wendy Bernard’s patterns for Field Guide No. 11: Wanderlust, I have been knitting sock upon sock, chain-knitting the way a smoker lights a new one off the butt of the old one.
Lichen and Lace 80/20 Sock, Teal Tide
I kitchener up the toe of Sock No. 2, then immediately wind up a new skein of yarn and cast on a new color, just like that. None of this oh-let’s-revel-in-finishing stuff. I haven’t even blocked any of these socks.
I’m just going. I’m up to seven pairs of socks.
Barnyard Knits Sock/Fingering, Canyon
It helps to have a completely shameless Netflix binge on a roll, in my case the television drama Scandal. I am late to Scandal, I know, but I am devoted, primarily because of the actor Scott Foley and his never-ending hero/villain thing.
Barnyard Knits Sock/Fingering, Lemongrass Tea
The sock-making reinforces the binge-watching, and vice versa.
“Oh, Season 4, Episode 13! I think I’ll just knit a little on this sock.”
“Oh, I’m sitting on this sofa knitting this sock. I need to fire up Season 5, Episode 19!”
Neighborhood Fiber Co. Studio Sock, Sandy Point
It also helps—extremely—to have 31 shades of sock yarn nearby. My curiosity about what will happen with a skein of variegated sock yarn cannot be overstated. I must know. I must know them all.
Lichen and Lace 80/20 Sock, Citron
At this point, I have the pattern firmly ingrained, but for each sock I visit the stitch pattern possibilities in Field Guide No. 11 for a new one. Four stitch patterns down, nine to go.
My point here? You may surprise yourself at how hooked you become once you start knitting socks. I had no intention of knitting fourteen socks, I promise you.
I have all sorts of little tips and tricks regarding these fourteen socks I’ve made. But at the moment, we’ve just had a whale of a day shipping out Field Guide No. 11 and yarns, so I’ll save my tips for a day when I’m a little less bleary eyed. Thank you all for your magnificent orders. If you’d like to see our one-stop shopping for Field Guide No. 11 and its yarns, here you go.
If you missed our post yesterday, please have a look: “The Wandering Socks Knitalong Is Coming!” No knitter left behind! This will be fun.
A Note for Recent Purchasers
If you bought a print edition of Field Guide No. 11 and have had trouble redeeming the Ravelry download code that’s printed in the back? Please give it another try—we had a gremlin chewing on the wires in there, or Kay spilled kombucha on it, or something. Your download code should work properly now. Many thanks for your patience, and our apologies for the annoyance.