Knitting

Moonlight Socks

This project was originally intended for a road trip. Socks make great travel knitting because you usually just need one ball of yarn, so they don’t take up a lot of room. I didn’t end up knitting at all during the trip, but the Moonlight Socks went to Santa Fe and back with me anyway! They turned out to be the prettiest socks I have ever made.

The yarn I used is Hue Loco Spun Sock in the Ohana colorway. I won this yarn in a LYS Day drawing back in 2019 and I’m bummed that it took me this long to use it, because it is gorgeous and incredibly soft. A true sock yarn, the fiber content is 80% Merino wool, 10% delicious cashmere, and 10% nylon for sturdiness. Now I want this yarn in ALL the colors. Luckily for me (though unluckily for my wallet), Hue Loco is local — just up the road in Loveland, Colorado.

The pattern is Moonlight Socks by Joji Locatelli. I have knitted a number of her patterns and so far, they have all been well written and easy to follow. I am not the most accomplished sock knitter nor lace knitter, but with her patterns I can even knit lace from a chart. Imagine that! I cast on 60 stitches to make the Medium size, which fit my size 8/9 feets perfectly.

My progress on this project was pretty slow; it took me two months to finish the first sock. I used Magic Loop because DPNs always feel hopelessly fiddly. I cast on the second sock right away to avoid Second Sock Syndrome (my first pair of socks took me over two years to knit) and finished the second one about six weeks later.

These might be my favorite socks now. The lace pattern looks like a bit like cables but it isn’t, so they were not especially tricky to knit. There is something magical about how it feels to wear hand knitted socks. And they happen to match my Fluevog Essers perfectly!

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