After giving my mom a pair of handknit socks (from handspun yarn, no-less), she immediately requested handknit socks in black, grey, and navy to go with all her pants. I knew I was going to have to find something special to knit to hold my interest through all those dark colors. When the IK Winter 2010 issue arrived at my doorstep with several pairs of *fabulous* socks in it, I instantly needed to cast on for the Pinked Socks…you know how it is. I had just spent a lot of time at the dyepot, and fell in love with a new colorway, Winter Dusk. I love the variation the purple/pink undertones give the gray and, paired with some Knitpicks Stroll in black, knew it would work perfectly for either the mom-requested black *or* gray socks.
Pattern: Pinked Socks (IK Winter 2010)
Yarn: Forbidden Woolery Footloose, Winter Dusk, 1 skein (used about half)
Knitpicks Stroll, black, 2 skeins (but didn’t use all of either)
Needle: Knitpicks Harmony DPNs, US1
Modifications: None. I did work them two at a time, on two sets of DPN’s, so I wouldn’t get second sock syndrome. I knit each cuff, then each leg, then each heel/foot, then each toe. It worked out quite well, if I do say so myself!
But giving these away to my mom didn’t serve my selfish purposes at all – *I* wanted a pair of these socks!!! Luckily, there was enough of each color leftover to make another pair, using the opposite colors for the main and contrasting colors. I liked the Winter Dusk better anyway, and, of course, wanted to show off my colorway. So off I went on Pinked Socks v2.0
I absolutely love the way this pattern shows off the variegation in the Winter Dusk colorway. It still amazes me each and every day what comes out of the dyepot, and it gives me a little thrill to see it all knitted up. Here’s a closeup of the toe:
Being colorwork, and therefore double-stranded, the socks are uber-warm and the Footloose base is so sproingy and soft. These socks definitely get two thumbs up!