Here’s a project I’ve been working on for a while! I started these fair isle socks in August, right after finishing the blanket for my sister (although there were long stretches of the semester where I didn’t do any work on them). I had a bag full of sock yarn in many colours from a previous project, and had been trying to force myself to use yarn I already had instead of buying more, so I decided to try making a pair of socks without following a pattern. I used bits of instructions from various patterns I had used before and chose the fair isle designs and colour combinations as I went along. It was a ton of fun, and although I was worried at times that there wouldn’t be enough contrast between some of the colour pairs, I’m very happy with the result. I finished them the week before Christmas as a present for my mom. They’re pretty crazy and colourful but she’ll be able to pull them off!
One of my favourite parts is the striping along the sole. When I started, I was visualizing fair isle patterns all the way down the leg and foot in different coloured bands, and then a sole striped in two colours. However, I realized pretty quickly that this was impossible to do in the round, since you need to use the same colours on the sole and the foot in each round. I decided to keep the striping idea, but just switch colours as required, and I think the result is pretty cool.
Below is a picture from the very beginning of this project. I was on the ferry, with a super terrible internet connection, trying to look up fair isle designs. I wanted to incorporate a row of birds, since I had done a row of fish. The only thing I could get to load on Google images was a tiny thumbnail, so I managed to recreate the drawing below from that. In the end, the birds looked kind of bizarre so I unravelled them anyway.
I was so excited when I finished these socks that I went out the same day to shop for yarn with my friend Ali. I bought myself some lovely orange yarn that will soon be a hat, this time for me!
If you want to see my notes on the socks, take a look at my Ravelry page.