Thursday, November 14, 2013

Climb socks -- JOURNEY


My third pattern from our new book is Climb, a simple pair of hiking socks.

It's no secret, I love sock knitting. Actually the first blog post I ever wrote, was all about why socks really are the perfect project. I never knit complicated socks, just plain stockinette, because I find it so relaxing. I love self striping sock yarns because they add some excitement to my projects without having to use complicated stitch patterns.

Another love of mine is hiking. If you follow my Instagram feed you  know that I hike Mount Douglas with Elsie almost every Saturday and I try to squeeze in an adult hike once a week as well (easier during the summer months when it's light out later).


From top left: Mount Doug summit, Mount Work, Mystic Beach, wooded trail to Mystic Beach, Lone Tree, Mount Finlayson with Cate, Mount Douglas viewpoint, Gowlland Tod Park/Caleb Pike Access with Rebecca, Mount Tzouhalem with my family, Mount Douglas at sunset, Mount Work, Pickles Bluff, Mount Manuel Quimper, Wallace Hill/June Springs Loop, Mount Doug with three yellow duckies, Mount Finlayson with B 

I always hike in wool socks and my Keens. Although self striping sock yarns are fun, I don't always feel like sporting rainbow socks and went on a mission to knit my own hiking socks that resembled the work socks that we all know and love. Although traditionally wool work socks have one stripe, I added two to my design to make them a little different. The double stripe also reminded me of the knee high tube socks I was obsessed with back in high school. 

Shannon thought that these hiking socks would make a great addition to the book and our JOURNEY theme. I couldn't agree more. Here is my final pattern from the book, Climb







I've been wearing my pair constantly! I honestly can't wash and dry them fast enough. I need to knit about a dozen more pairs. 


I knit my socks at a slightly looser gauge, I like having stretchier fabric for my hand knit socks. It also means that these socks knit up in a flash! And the heel is simple and easy to memorize, if you haven't knit socks and you are nervous to try these are a great pair to get you going. 

...and this is the last week to pre-order the book!

11 comments:

  1. I love, love these socks, so much so that I ordered the same yarn -except for the red as I want to use a bit of remnants from my stash. I'm ready to CO!

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  2. Hi Jane, those socks were my immediate obsession after looking through your lookbook. I'm in Victoria too so if I can I want to avoid paying for shipping. Do you know where Journey is going to be carried in town? Knotty by nature?

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    1. I totally hear that! The pre-order books ship from the states so the shipping is really costly. You'll be able to pick up a copy of JOURNEY at the Beehive, Button & Needlework Boutique, and Knotty by Nature hopefully by next week!

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  3. The socks look great - and the hikes up Pkols look really fun, too!

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  4. I'm hoping this book finds it's way to my over the holidays! If it doesn't it will certainly reach me the first week of January. Do you know if it will sold on Amazon?

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    1. Hi Terri! The book will definitely be available on Amazon within the next month or so.

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  5. Hi Jane, i don't hike much but i love love love these socks ! Do you plan sell the patterns from the book separately on Ravelry as PDF downloads some day ?

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    1. So glad you like the socks! I am knitting my third pair right now :) ...all of the individual patterns as well as the eBook just became available for sale today! You can find them on Ravelry for now.

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    2. Thank you, Jane, I'll go get my copy right away. These will be my first socks ever (why, knitted by me of course ☺) and i'm just thrilled to try my hand at sock knitting with your pattern !

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  6. Jane I love your socks but I really love the yellow rug in the kitchen.Where did you purchase it? Thanks Yvonne

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    1. Yvonne I wish I could tell you where the rug is from but it was on location and wasn't purchased by us! Isn't it great though!

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