Crazy Socks for Cold Winter Days!

noro-socksWhen I was in junior high, I was the first in my class to buy toe socks. I guess my wacky sense of style goes back aways, and these socks, while they don’t have individual toes, are reminiscent of that beloved pair from my youth.

But you need something to make you laugh when temperatures drop into the negative single digits, don’t you? And these socks, which felted a little when I washed them, are perfect for wearing with boots on those miserable days.

The yarn is Noro Kureyon Sock and I believe the colorway is Multi, but if you look at stash pictures on Ravelry that colorway varies considerably from one owner to the other. It was relatively easy to work with, but hand wash it! I still don’t understand this tendency to make hand wash-only sock yarn — it seems akin to making scratchy shetland baby yarn, totally inappropriate for the intended product. Anyway, I mistakenly machine washed it (fortunately, didn’t machine dry it) and it felted somewhat.

Of course for dead of winter socks you may want to knit the socks a little bigger and deliberately felt them.

I made this with my own pattern of a 2×2 rib, top down, with a standard turned heel. I’m sorry I don’t have the pattern available, but I promise you there is one out there that would work just as well, if not better, than mine.

I generally like to think of myself as a sophisticated, stylish dresser (oh, who am I kidding?), but we all need our secret crazy, wacky pieces of clothing. If no one else sees them, maybe that’s just as well. But it’s the kind of secret that will keep you just a little warmer on a cold winter’s day.


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