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Fresh From the Needles Friday: Autumn Socks

October 10, 2014

The socks are finished! The socks are finished! I feel like shouting from the rooftop, which isn’t really safe when you consider it, from the rafters maybe, but even then I think the combo of insulation and general dust is enough to give most a serious case of hives. Ahem, right the socks. Remember when I lamented on the halfway point? Yeah, those babies are done.

What follows is the continuation of realizing the difficulty of taking accurate photos of one’s own feet. If you haven’t tried it before I suggest you take the opportunity to give it a shot. Just think of how you would want to display a pair of socks (while on your feet) and give it a go. Not that easy huh? Anyway here’s the photos in all their awkward posing on my end. The things we do for the blog, huh?


The socks, are knit out of Knit Picks Felici Fingering (now discontinued) in the Maple Leaf colorway. I used my standard top down socks with a slight mod. I cast on 60 stitches and worked a 2×2 ribbing all the way down the leg and then split the stitches in half and did an Eye of Partridge heel flap and Dutch heel. Working my way through the gusset I kept the ribbing down the top of the foot until switching to straight knit for the toes.


These are pretty dang comfy and with the cooler weather I have already given these a test drive with great success. The one thing I have noticed on most of my socks is that I seem to end up with a baggy portion right before the heel flap, any one else end up with this? Possible fixes? Give me a shout out in the comments if you have an idea.


Lastly a little more stash enhancement made its way to me this past week. IMG_0596This lovely 4 ounces of Polwarth from Moonrover yarns in the awesome colorway, Grand Budapest. Which is based on the fun and hilarious Wes Anderson Film, The Grand Budapest Hotel. I have been able to hold of spinning it, so far. No promises for the weekend.


  1. Those socks are lovely. The colours are perfect for this time of year.

  2. These are awesome! Really beautiful and I especially love the heel flap! Did you do it in moss stitch?

    The fluff is beautiful, too – looking forward to seeing this one spun up! 🙂

  3. Yay! Beautiful! Have to agree with shellssells…short row heel solved that problem for me!

  4. I still haven’t seen The Grand Budapest Hotel! That fiber looks exactly like the posters though.

  5. shellssells permalink

    Have you ever tried a short row or afterthought heel? I’d suggest that, and be happy to give you tips for those two heels. It might make the bunching problem lessen, as that could just be a fit to your feet problem.

    The fiber is awesome! I want to see that spun.

  6. Marja permalink

    The socks turned out so great! And I LOVE the fiber. Can’t wait to see it spun up.

  7. Beautiful socks!! I have attempted socks a couple times, but I am determined to finish at least one sock by the new year.

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