sock hop


I haven’t had the ‘must-keep-knitting!’ feeling in a while, it’s mostly been ‘knit-n-rip’ or ‘let me swatch…that was fun‘ around here. it’s almost like I screwed myself by being surrounded by yarn 24/7 and nothing really excites me anymore. yarn has become my husband of 20 years and we’re in a “yeah I’m still here, you’re still here, let me just read the paper” sort of relationship, so you know it must have been a pretty special yarn to get me going this weekend. how much more decadent does it get than knitting socks from handspun, hand dyed yarn?


yarn: sock hop in heat wave
pattern: 56st stockinette
needles: 2.5mm addis
date started: 7.27.06
date finished: 7.30.06

I picked up two skeins of sock hop from teyani after seeing it on amanda’s post and let it quietly sit in my stash since then. the end of last week was a bit stressful though, so I needed a mindless phone/computer knit. I wasn’t planning on finishing it in a few days, I was just on the phone or watching photoshop open huge files for that long! that, and I became obsessed with this yarn.


it helped that it’s a pretty basic pattern with a simple s1p1 heel and french toes, but the yarn doesn’t need more than that. I’m loving the subtle striping and almost tweedy look of the fabric. I still have two ounces left (which I still can’t believe) and almost wish I had gone for kneesocks. if the heat wasn’t zapping my energy I would rip the cuff and knit up till I ran out of yarn just so I could keep knitting. that may have to wait till after the 100 degree weather we’re having this week passes. needless to say I love this yarn (did I mention it’s superwash?)and I’ll have to pick it up in a few more colorways next time it’s available.


in the meantime, I’ll have to up the ante with my yarn choices. this is some pure cashmere sock yarn dee gifted me from posh yarns. (thanks dee!!) I’m thinking it’s time for some pomo-socks.

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  • Angela July 31, 2006 at 2:55 pm

    Oh, you didn’t just name the color after the weather? 😉 Awesome socks. I wish I could be knitting socks right now.. *sigh*

  • gleek July 31, 2006 at 3:58 pm

    oh yeah, i saw that sock hop yarn on januaryone’s site too. very cute. love the barber pole action.

  • Valerie July 31, 2006 at 7:19 pm

    Perhaps if you stop knitting with “heatwave” and start knitting with something more along the lines of “cool breezes” or something you could help us all out 😉

  • amanda July 31, 2006 at 7:32 pm

    They look great! I still have mine sitting in the stash plus skeins from 3 other colorways I dyed. I guess I need to take the plunge and co already!

  • Dorothy B July 31, 2006 at 10:08 pm

    Love the yarn colours.

  • aja July 31, 2006 at 10:16 pm

    wow, go you! I am just gonna live vicariously through your knitting for now, its so damn hot all I can do consume liquids and complain 🙂

  • Teyani August 1, 2006 at 12:13 am

    Oh my – lovely lovely socks… glad that you’re hooked (so to speak) we’re havin’ fun here dyeing and spinning as fast as we can.. thank you for all the kind words!
    they look mahhhvelous darlink’!

  • erin August 1, 2006 at 6:23 am

    Love the colours! Now I’ve got to go and google “french toes” because they sound so chic, hope I don’t find wierd websites in the process 🙂

  • aquaknits August 1, 2006 at 12:16 pm

    Wow, beautiful! I can’t even imagine spinning such amazing yarn. Loving the texture it creates knitted up too!

  • Cara August 1, 2006 at 12:43 pm

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!! I don’t really have to tell you how I feel about the socks, do I? That is just too funny.
    (So sorry I missed you when I was down in Philly. When I tell you it was crazy, that’s really just being nice. Add to that no computer and three kids in my care – I was cut off from the world.)

  • Bee August 1, 2006 at 2:30 pm

    I just clicked on the link to Sock Hop…oh man, now I’m done for! Your socks are lookin great.

  • ann August 1, 2006 at 5:30 pm

    your (and Cara’s) socks are inspiring me – I may need to get my hands on some of that yarn!

  • Leah August 1, 2006 at 5:53 pm

    Those socks are amazing! I love the way they turned out!! Now we will all be itching to try that yarn- thanks 😛
    I think that cashemere would make awesome pomo’s!! It looks so soft!

  • Nonnahs August 1, 2006 at 6:54 pm

    Cute socks! Thanks for bringing a positive spin on the word “heatwave!” 🙂

  • brooke August 1, 2006 at 7:00 pm

    Colorway heat wave-very fitting. There are so many sock yarns out there and not enough time!

  • Steph August 1, 2006 at 7:42 pm

    Oh, those socks have that cute-rustic look, like you should be lounging by a Scottish loch in tweeds.

  • Chris August 1, 2006 at 8:35 pm

    That Sock Hop yarn is SO tempting! Go for the knee socks, if you can stay cool…

  • kedalia August 1, 2006 at 10:04 pm

    that picture of you beautiful socks gave me the impetus to pick up my own pair of neglected socks. thank you!

  • Jennifer August 1, 2006 at 10:21 pm

    Oh, that handspun is gorgeous! The posh yarn is lovely too!

  • Illanna August 2, 2006 at 1:31 am

    Beautiful socks! They are stripey, tweedy, and perfect. I think you have a sock addiction that’s keeping you from starting other projects. Can’t wait to see you!

  • Annarella August 2, 2006 at 6:06 am

    Gorgeous socks, really beautiful tweedy/stripey effect. Did you whip them out in a weekend? Well, kudos to you!! Hope it cools down for your mental health 😉 xxx

  • stefanie August 2, 2006 at 7:26 am

    Those socks are so beautiful! Love the handspun yarn, and that cashmere is definitely deserving of the Pomo pattern! (Worth the effort!)

  • liz August 2, 2006 at 7:55 am

    Gorgeous socks. I especially love the ones in Sock Candy and I’m becoming more and more convinced that I really should order some Sock Hop next time they have it.

  • Lolly August 2, 2006 at 8:12 am

    So pretty, Y! and so cute that you and Cara are matchy matchy sock twins! 🙂
    Wow, that cashmere is so luscious!!

  • Liz August 2, 2006 at 10:17 am

    Great Socks, I love her stuff. Went away for a day and it was up and all gone… can’t wait till she has some more.

  • Sandra August 2, 2006 at 11:49 pm

    another pair of fabulous socks, yahaira. and that cashmere sock yarn looks good enough to eat. i might have to knit up a pair of cashmere socks one of these days. sounds divine.

  • keohinani August 3, 2006 at 3:04 pm

    this knit is bananas, B-A-N-A-N-A-S!
    you heard it here first 🙂 hehe.

  • Sarah August 3, 2006 at 4:52 pm

    wow, both of those are gorgoues! I especially like the sock hop yarn, and how fun for you to work with someone else’s yarn besides your own…or is that like cheating on your husband?

  • colleen August 4, 2006 at 6:35 am

    Oooh, that yarn is a sight for sore eyes.

  • Lisa August 7, 2006 at 10:45 am

    Can’t beat that hand dyed, handspun yarn…and lovely job on the socks. If you like Sock Hop, you might also like Maisy Day Handspun over at Hello Yarn. Just a thought.

  • adrienne August 7, 2006 at 2:58 pm

    Wow, your socks look fantastic! The cashmere yarn is beautiful too.

  • Siow Chin August 9, 2006 at 11:44 pm

    Wow, this Sock Hop yarn is amazing, no wonder you couldn’t put it down. And superwash, wow!

  • bugheart August 14, 2006 at 5:46 pm

    i need to
    start knitting
    yours are
    too cute.