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third socks finished

31 August 2006 8,448 views 24 Comments

It’s still freakin’ hot as blazes in Austin. The only projects that can be knit in this heat (without massive A/C blowing) are small and light. Nothing that will sit in your lap, nothing that puts a single extra fibre on your body. That’s why socks are the perfect Texas summer knit and that’s why I’ve finished my second pair in 3 weeks. I started these on the plane after we left Dallas, finished the first sock just after landing back in Austin and knit the 2nd sock last week.

I knew if was going to continue to knit this many socks, I’d have to invest in a pair of sock blockers. That is until I stumbled across a tutorial to make your own out of wire hangers. Brilliant! (And economical!) They’re not pretty (hence the lack of a photo) but they work perfectly. I’m debating sending the tutorial with the socks to their new recipient north of the border.

Green Striped Vesper Socks
Pattern: None really, just some ribbing, a heel flap and a round toe.
Yarn: A much coveted and fondled hank of Julia’s Vesper Sock Yarn in the Crew colourway.
Needles: Size 1 US Inox DPNs
Started: August 9th, somewhere over West Texas
Finished: August 25th, over lunch at the office


  • isel said:

    They look so cool and perfect. Seriously. I really like the colors and the pattern and the fit. They’re great.

  • janna said:

    Hey, thanks for the link to the do-it-yourself sock blockers! I think I’ll whip myself up a pair!

  • Ann said:

    So cool! I have that same yarn and I haven’t done anything with it yet. I love the chunky stripes it makes!

  • Susan said:

    Love your socks and the link for the sock blocker! Very sweet idea.

  • Sarah said:

    I love those colors! So pretty! :)

  • Lolly said:

    Ooh, tutorial on sock blockers? but no pics… would you be willing to take some pics of yours for Socktoberfest??
    LOVE the socks, Caro! Perfect stripes!

  • diana said:

    Just lovely! The colors are great!

  • S t a c i said:

    I consider you the expert on shorter socks now…how much yarn did you use for those? I might start making up shorter socks myself, since there isn’t much of a need for wool knee-socks in Houston!
    Great photos, and the stripes came out so nicely!

  • Bookish Wendy said:

    The colorway is perfect and I think it really suite’s a shorter sock! Nice work.

  • kristin said:

    ooo I love the round toe! i think I’m going to have to start doing that.

  • Nadia said:


  • Julia said:

    Caro they’re beautiful!! That’s one of my fav colorways!

  • Jen said:

    Fantastic greens! Stripes! *smitten*

  • Susan said:

    You’ve become a super-producer, Caro. You are my arch nemesis.

  • Karen said:

    Those are cute! I love the green stripes!

  • Anne-Caroline said:

    Thanks for the tip about airplanes – yay, I will have some time to knit!

  • Chrissy said:

    Those look awesome! I can’t believe the stripes lined up so well. I love the colors too!

  • Iris said:

    I love the look of those socks – really fresh. :-)

  • Carrie said:

    I love when socks go so quick. Great colors!!!!

  • AJ said:

    Very cute socks! Stay cool! (Or at least as cool as you can with this crazy weather!)

  • FinnyKnits said:

    Ok fancy, you might actually talk me back into sock making. I made one pair, it came out fine and I abandoned the practice for other projects since I only wear socks when it’s really, really cold and hubby makes me wear “real shoes”. Flipflops are not real? I had no idea.
    Show us your homemade sock blocker, please!

  • nessienoodle said:

    I heart these colors!
    nice work.

  • ladylinoleum said:

    Love the colors! What a great idea…make your own sock blockers!

  • Jen da Purse Ho said:

    Those socks are SUPER CUTE!!

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