FO FRIDAY: Lipstick Traces

I finished the Lipstick Traces socks last week, and I first wore them out of the house on Tuesday.  They are comfortable and look cute…in fact, they match my Rosie the Riveter romper.


Apart from knitting them toe up, the only other modification I made was to ditch the row of red above the ribbing.


Knit from Cascade Heritage yarn in gray and Plymouth Happy Feet in red.  Raveled.


WIP WEDNESDAY: ‘Vog On, preparing to turn the heel of

When Windsor Button had their liquidation sale a few years ago, I bought two skeins of Plymouth Happy Feet in the Reds colorway.  My intention was to use that as the accent color in what would become my Lipstick Traces socks.  Either I overestimated the amount of yarn I needed or I figured I’d stock up — since the yarns were at that point 40% off — and when I finally finished those socks, I found myself with enough yarn for another pair.

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Since I had three-quarters of a skein on me and a size 0 needle, why not just cast on as soon as I bound off the previous pair?  Why not, indeed.  I’m knitting these from Knitty’s Vog On pattern.  I started these on Monday night and already I’m almost up to the heel.

Fun fact: Vog On was the first pair of socks I knit for myself.  I’d made several pairs of socks for Gentleman Caller, but since I wore a lot of skirts I didn’t see the point of making socks I could wear.  Now that I’m wearing a lot of pants, knitting myself some nice pairs of socks has become a priority for me.  Plus, they’re portable and easy (ish) to knit while sitting in meetings or doctor’s appointments.

WIP WEDNESDAY: Lipstick traces

For my AmeriCorps chapter, this week is “Spirit Week” — a five-day period of reconnecting with our cohort for revelry and event planning.  I knew I’d be spending long periods in lectures and small group meetings, and that I’d find many of the activities stressful and frustrating.  Knowing that I’d need a cognitive anchor to help me stay sane, I packed some sock yarn that I’d stashed a few years ago and set to work on Ann Weaver’s New Boots and Contracts sock pattern.

"What are these socks doing here?"  "I'll tell you later."

“What are these socks doing here?” “I’ll tell you later.”

I’d stashed for this a while ago.  Given the yarn colors I’d chosen and the pattern’s connection to The Clash, I assumed these socks would carry me through revisions on my novel.  (The protagonist, Sally Darling, wears a lot of red and gray, and her favorite album is London Calling.)  Instead, I held off until another high-activity period.

The slipper fits!

The slipper fits!

I converted these into a toe-up pattern on the fly and made a short-row heel flap and gussets.  With the decreases, I only worked the slipped-stitch pattern on the front while working the gusset.  While I like to check how my garments fit as I’m making them, I also hate how my Kitchner stitches look and feel.  I’m pretty happy with how these turned out.

Ankle vent.

Ankle vent.

I love how the contrasting color looks like lipstick swatches in those rows.  These are going to keep me warm and look cute this winter!