Sunny Saffron Socks

Guess what? I knit another pair of socks! And not just regular socks – bright yellow ones! Yellow socks are so much fun. Sure, they’re not the most practical colour, but that’s what makes them so delightful. Especially during the cold and rainy winter – these socks will brighten the gloomiest day! (And not just because you can see them from a mile away.)

The pattern is the BFF sock by Cookie A, from the awesome book Knit.Sock.Love. I love this book because all of the socks are modelled with pretty dresses and bright outfits! The photography alone is inspiring, and the socks are beautiful! (If you click through to the book link, you’ll see why I was drawn to yellow as a sock colour. All of the sample socks are done in fun colours!) This pattern is one of the easy ones.

BFF stands for Best Friend Forever, as in apparently you could make these socks for your friend. I tell you, these took me over a month to make, there’s no way I could give them away!

The yarn is Sweet Georgia Yarns Tough Love Sock in Saffron. I love this yarn because it’s dyed here in Vancouver, BC! The colours are amazing and the wool is blended with 20% nylon for added strength. (Like we talked about with wool coating fabrics last week!)

I made the first sock ages ago, but stalled when it came to the second sock. It just seemed like so much work to do the whole thing over again! You’ll laugh at this maybe, but I would wear the one finished sock on my foot and let the other foot get cold – that’s motivation to finish the second sock!

What I think is so cool about knitting socks is the customization. You can make them fit your foot exactly – the right length, the right width, the right cuff height. No more bunchy toes! Socks are mostly one-size fits all when you buy them, so making them is a wonderful luxury!

Just like sewing, knitting lets you make your projects fit you exactly the way you want. It’s hard to go backwards, after sewing your own clothes and knitting your own socks, knowing you can get a better quality and fit by making it! I’m guessing time is the main factor as to why we still shop sometimes. Or the ‘caring factor’ – maybe socks are just not interesting enough to make yourself, but dresses and skirts are.

I wish I had more coat progress to share with you – it’s been a busy week here!

More sock photos and project details on Ravelry here. Would you wear yellow socks? Do you knit socks, and is it to have a pair that fits your feet properly, or just because they’re fun to make?

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48 Responses to Sunny Saffron Socks

  1. Miriana October 13, 2011 at 6:19 am #

    Stalling on the second sock has a name – Second Sock Syndrome

    • Tasia October 13, 2011 at 12:10 pm #

      @Miriana: That’s exactly what it was! The dreaded second-sock-syndrome. I took a break in between socks but eventually went back and finished the other one. :)

  2. Becky October 13, 2011 at 6:47 am #

    Yes, I’d wear yellow socks! I haven’t tried making socks yet, but it is something I would like to try. Though my motivation is mainly because it’s really hard to find fun socks anymore. I’ll admit it, I still like to wear socks with fun things like VW Beetles and pineapples and whatnot on them. I figure the boots I practically live in during the winter generally hide whatever socks I’m wearing anyway, and it makes me smile to think that I have really fun socks on even with the most drab winter outfits. And I’ve seen some really fun ones on Ravelry that have pictures of trees and flowers and references to geeky things that I love knitted into them. So I want to get to the point where I can make those! Or at least make my plain colored socks more fun with cables and stuff.

    • Tasia October 13, 2011 at 12:12 pm #

      @Becky: I saw a cute pattern for fish socks! They’d satisfy your need for fun-patterned socks I bet.
      http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/swedish-fish-socks
      I’m with you, it is fun to know you have cute socks underneath your boots and pants! Plus, if you take your shoes off at someone’s house, then you get to show them off too.
      I wonder what’s harder – cables, or using two colours of yarn?

  3. Bri October 13, 2011 at 7:04 am #

    These socks are amazing, and of course they needed to be yellow to combat upcoming winter gloominess!
    I keep learning and then not practicing and then forgetting and starting the whole process over again!

    • Tasia October 13, 2011 at 12:13 pm #

      @Bri: Thank you! I forget a lot of knitting techniques too – I’ve saved all of the tutorial videos to YouTube so when I can’t remember what to do, I re-watch the video. That’s what works for me, anyways!

  4. Clare October 13, 2011 at 7:19 am #

    These are beautiful! I hope you’re leaving your shoes off so everyone admires your yellow feet. That colour is stunning.

    • Tasia October 13, 2011 at 12:13 pm #

      @Clare: I haven’t worn them yet – but I sure will show them off! Thank you!

  5. karen October 13, 2011 at 7:23 am #

    I’ve never knit socks – are they hard? Also, would you keep these as house socks to wear indoors for cosiness, or would you wear them with shoes/boots? I’m not sure I could bear to put these inside a pair of shoes, to be pulled about and worn down.

    • Tasia October 13, 2011 at 12:15 pm #

      @karen: They’re hard because of the tiny needles – they’re hard to work with and the points are kind of pointy, so I end up with sore tips of my fingers after a while. I find them hard to get going, but once you have an inch or so of sock started, the needles are a little easier to manage.
      My first sock, I dropped a ton of stitches! I’d go to pull my spare needle,but instead end up pulling one with stitches and pulling the needle right out of the row of stitches. Argh! It took me a while to get comfortable with tiny, double-pointed needles. After that, it got easier!

    • Tasia October 13, 2011 at 12:17 pm #

      @karen: And – I would definitely wear these indoors as cosy socks, because they’re so warm! I want to wear them out too but I also am hesitant to put them inside boots. What if the black from my boots rubs onto the lovely yellow? I also considered wearing them with heels – you know, the socks-and-heels look but think it might be over-the-top unless the rest of the outfit is really simple.

  6. Lauren October 13, 2011 at 7:28 am #

    i love your socks! i must confess – i picked up a pair of knitting needles & taught myself some basic knit stitches, because i was inspired by your knitting posts! maybe someday i’ll crack down & teach myself how to make some socks :)

    i love love brightly colored/interesting socks. but since i can’t knit them (yet), i buy them. most of mine are thrifted (don’t be grossed out – i wash them! plus they come in fun colors/materials that are harder to find today. and i pay about a dollar for 2 pairs. yes!), or picked up on clearance in the middle of summer. my favorite is biking in the winter, when i roll up my pants leg to keep it out of the chain, you can see my bright socks :) makes people happy haha!

    • Tasia October 13, 2011 at 12:22 pm #

      @Lauren: Thank you! That is fantastic that you’ve taken up knitting. Try simple things with thicker yarn first – I tried socks three months ago and got frustrated, but after a bit more practice I could manage the little needles. I started knitting in April, so it’s been about six months and now I feel comfortable with socks. You’ll get there!
      Love the idea of biking with brightly coloured socks!

  7. Sandy October 13, 2011 at 7:34 am #

    I love bright colors, especially for gray days. I have an umbrella that color yellow for just that reason. If Second Sock Syndrome has you down, try using the Magic Loop method to do two at a time. It’s not for everyone, but I much prefer it. When I’m done, I’m done. I also made the BFF socks, and they are darling. I love yours!

    • Tasia October 13, 2011 at 12:24 pm #

      @Sandy: Thank you! I took out a book from the library on how to do socks two-at-a-time on circulars, but haven’t tried it yet. Mostly because I haven’t gone out and bought two circular needles yet – that’s a couple of bucks that I could be spending on more yarn! :) I’d like to try it for a pattern I’ve already made before, so it’s less confusing and I can practice the technique. Most people who’ve tried it, love it!

  8. Corinne October 13, 2011 at 7:36 am #

    Your socks are great. I think that bright and contrasting socks add a personality and punch to any outfit. With the great color of these, they can be a “safety” item while you are riding your bike. No need for reflective tape on your new coat. Headlights on those babies will be highly visible and protect you during those dark and dreary winter days!

    • Tasia October 13, 2011 at 12:26 pm #

      @Corinne: An excellent point! They’re brighter in real life, too, a little more lemony and less golden. Highly visible is exactly right!

  9. Mary October 13, 2011 at 7:36 am #

    Your sunny saffron socks are beautiful! I love the cables! I just finished a lace scarf for a friend’s Christmas present and cast on a pair of socks last night. Socks are one of my favorite things to knit!

    • Tasia October 13, 2011 at 12:28 pm #

      @Mary: Thank you! Nice, a Christmas present finished already, you’re so organized! Socks are so much fun to knit – and you can experiment with colour and not have to worry if it goes with your wardrobe.

  10. Samina October 13, 2011 at 7:58 am #

    I love knitting socks. They’re so portable & relaxing to knit. As far as I’m concerned, hand knit socks should be in a wild color! They’re no fun to knit or wear if they’re not. I often add a contrasting color for my heels & toes to make them a bit wilder.

    • Tasia October 13, 2011 at 12:29 pm #

      @Samina: Agreed! I can’t imagine knitting black socks – boring, and hard to see the stitches! Not to mention all of the details would be lost in the darkness. Brights are the way to go! I’ve seen contrasting heels and toes and it looks great – plus it’s a good way to use up leftover yarn!

  11. Amanda S. October 13, 2011 at 8:22 am #

    Love! Especially the color! I really need to get into sock knitting. So, how exactly to you wash wool socks? In the sink only?

    • Tasia October 13, 2011 at 12:32 pm #

      @Amanda S.: It depends on the yarn. Some yarns are labelled as ‘superwash’ which means you can put them in the washer and dryer. (Although they’ll say that, but then underneath say ‘but if you want them to last, hand wash them.) This yarn says hand wash I believe – it will usually say on the yarn tag somewhere. I’m probably going to hand-wash these just to make them last longer – I’d be afraid to ruin them after all that hard work!
      I’d use Eucalan or other wool-type wash – it’s good because you don’t have to rinse it. Leave the socks in a bowl with water and eucalan for about 15-20 min, squeeze out the extra water, and roll them up in a towel to get most of the water out. Then let them dry flat, reshaping them into proper sock shapes if they got all stretched out.
      Hope that helps! I’ve never tried washing superwash yarn in the machine yet but if I do I’ll report back!

  12. Seraphinalina October 13, 2011 at 8:47 am #

    How cheery! I would wear them for sure, but more like slippers than socks in yellow. I’m short, I don’t need to draw attention to where my legs end.

    • Tasia October 13, 2011 at 12:34 pm #

      @Seraphinalina: I know, I’m short too, and short in the legs specifically. So perhaps I’ll wear them with heels. :) Or hidden inside boots!
      I thought they’d cut off the line of my leg too, but in fact the yellow is not too far off from my skin colour. It’s less obvious than wearing black socks, that’s for sure.

  13. Sarah October 13, 2011 at 9:00 am #

    I adore your yellow socks! They are like sunshine for your feet! Your cables are just gorgeous, too. I haven’t tried cables yet, but am working up to it. :)

    • Tasia October 13, 2011 at 12:35 pm #

      @Sarah: Thanks! They are sunshine for feet, what a fun way to describe it! Cables look way harder than they are. Once you try them, you’ll be amazed at how they’re made! (Maybe. I certainly was amazed!)

  14. Caroline October 13, 2011 at 9:07 am #

    I’ve never knit socks. But now that I’m working on a shrug for myself I’m learning to never say never (I thought I’d never do a grown up size garment – it would take too long – but it isn’t, because I’m excited about it)

    I’m thinking of making sweater dresses for my friend’s twin daughters, but yeah, the having to repeat it all the second time is making me pause. You are done, but not really.

    I love the color. Perfect for the gloomy winters you must have up there!

    • Tasia October 13, 2011 at 12:36 pm #

      @Caroline: Gloomy, yes. And rainy. More rain than anything else!
      I wasn’t sure I’d knit socks either. Or a sweater. I thought I’d stick to hats and cowls.. and now look! Never say never! Probably all of the same techniques in a shrug are used in socks too – except for the tiny needles.

  15. Patricia October 13, 2011 at 9:18 am #

    These are amazing! Now I must learn how to knit!!!! Maybe socks for learning instead of a scarf. Well done!!!!

    • Tasia October 13, 2011 at 12:39 pm #

      @Patricia: Oh, I’d suggest starting with a hat, or a cowl (like a scarf but in a loop) before socks. Sock-size needles are really small and tricky to work with. If I’d started with socks, I’d have given up knitting for sure! Just my two cents. Start small, and work up your skills project by project. Start with fatter yarn and big needles, and work your way down to sock yarn and sock needles.
      I hope that doesn’t discourage you at all! There are lots of easy cowl patterns to learn on, and same with hats.

  16. Ashlee October 13, 2011 at 9:46 am #

    These are fantastic!! Did you knit them on dpns, or circular needles? I have a pair (well one) of socks that I started at least a year ago, but I get so frustrated with the small size of the dpns and keep putting them down. Not to mention like you said the whole prospect of repeating the process over again for sock number two! Same goes for mittens. These however, allllmost motivate me enough to pick mine up again. Awesome work!

    • Tasia October 13, 2011 at 12:45 pm #

      @Ashlee: I did them on dpns – bamboo ones. Which are good because the yarn ‘grips’ to the wood, but I’ve also broken one and bent two already! (By trying the sock on. Ooops.)
      The second one is no fun to start, no fun to work until you get over halfway through. Then all of a sudden you realize you could be wearing them soon! That light at the end of the tunnel sure helps. And boy is it fun when they’re finished and you get to dance around the house in them! Which I totally did. :)
      You can do it! Just be patient, enjoy the process, and know that in the end, you’ll be dancing around the house in beautiful handmade socks in your favourite colour.

  17. Tasha October 13, 2011 at 10:10 am #

    I’m not the best person to ask since I’d wear yellow about anything– I am currently knitting a yellow cardigan! lol

    Your socks rock! That’s a great pattern and the yellow shows it off so well. Sweet Georgia yarns are really yummy, too. Yay for pretty, knitty ways to keep your tootsies warm! :)

    • Tasia October 13, 2011 at 12:51 pm #

      @Tasha: Me too. I love yellow. It just makes me feel happy! I never realized how much I was drawn to yellow until I started knitting.

      I love your knitted yellow gloves you made recently, and I bet the yellow cardi will be wonderful!

  18. Nana B October 13, 2011 at 10:32 am #

    i would absolutly wear yellow socks!! Yellow makes me happy! BUT I have the second sock syndrome, wearing one and letting theother get cold is a great motivator. Thanks for your fun messages.

    • Tasia October 13, 2011 at 12:55 pm #

      @Nana B: Ha, no problem! It wasn’t as effective in the summer but now that it’s getting cold, it definitely works. :)

  19. BearsPaw55 October 13, 2011 at 12:22 pm #

    Your socks are totally gorgeous! Sunflower yellow really is a cheery color, too. It is great fun to get through your first pair; after pair two, the pattern is memorized and you can just pick up wool and “sticks” and start the next pair from memory. My hubby never wants to wait for socks to be blocked. Once he tries them on, the fits-like-a-glove feeling kicks in and they’re his. I’m teaching myself to make a moccasin sole to add to the handnit socks. We’ll see how that goes. Thanks for the inspiration, Tasia!

    • Tasia October 13, 2011 at 12:53 pm #

      @BearsPaw55: You know, my local yarn store said that socks didn’t need to be blocked. I washed and dried my first pair and they looked mostly the same. And these ones, I didn’t bother blocking. I like how snug and stretchy they are fresh off the needles.
      I know the feeling of hubby trying something on and claiming it! I finished a Christmas-present hat for mine and as soon as he tried it on, I knew I wasn’t getting to wrap it. He wouldn’t give it back! :)

  20. Lucy October 13, 2011 at 3:14 pm #

    Love them! I think I might be willing to have a go at making some socks…I love the idea of having nice warm ones for winter in fun colours! But we’re coming into summer now, so I’m all about the cotton lawn dresses and not socks.

    I always said I don’t have the patience for knitting, but you inspired me, and I’m finding it’s a great thing to do on the couch in the evenings – I find I can’t really sew because I end up lying awake thinking about it, but knitting I can just stop and come back to. So, for summer I’m going to have a go at making this: http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEss11/PATTmakeup.php. Should be interesting because I’ve never done anything harder than stocking stitch, but that get soooo boring. Just have to wait for my yarn to arrive!

  21. Gail October 13, 2011 at 5:14 pm #

    One of these days I will learn to knit. I love slopping around in the house in my socks in winter.

  22. Ella October 13, 2011 at 5:54 pm #

    Tasia, you and I are completely on the same wavelength! I am also knitting a pair of yellow socks from a Cookie A pattern. They are on my blog here: http://ellamadethat.wordpress.com/2011/09/20/knitting-popular-patterns/. She is such a great designer! I love having colourful hand knit socks. I usually wear them either around the house, or with boots, so they are just for me. I’d much rather have something colourful than put the time into a beautiful pair of socks in a ho-hum colour.

  23. Susan - Knitters Delight October 13, 2011 at 9:56 pm #

    Yup – second sock syndrome has hit us all at one time or other. I once took 1 1/2 years to finish my second sock. I’m surprised I was able to make them match. lol. Love your color choice. It is perfect for those rainy days.

  24. scuffsan October 14, 2011 at 12:36 am #

    Lovely socks! I would absolutely wear bright yellow socks! Like you said, they will brighten a dull day. I’m knitting a pair of bright red socks at the moment. I love knitting, but I have to say the first sock is definitely more fun then the second one. But I always end up making a pair, so I’m not really stuck in the second sock syndrome.

  25. Annabelle October 14, 2011 at 5:32 am #

    Tasia – these socks are great! I am just about to start my first pair, and I think it will be a while before I have anything to show for it, but at least the process is fun. I am glad you linked to your ravelry page in this post. When you first mentioned you were on ravelry, I found a user named “Sewaholic” and assumed it was you. (There were no profile pictures, favorites, blog links, etc – so I assumed you were just getting it started). Then as you continued to show off projects on your blog, I thought it strange that there were still no updates on ravlery – come to learn I had friended the wrong person, you are TasiaKnits! Well, I have added you now and am in awe of the number of finished projects you have. I’ve been on ravelry for a year and only have two completed projects. So for a beginner knitter, you are amazing :)

  26. Stacy October 14, 2011 at 11:55 am #

    So pretty and cozy! I have knit a pair of yellow socks and I love them. I totally agree about the Cookie A. book–I haven’t made any of the socks in there yet, but I just loooooove flipping through it and looking at the beautiful photos.

  27. quinn October 23, 2011 at 2:37 am #

    hello…I found your blog this morning, whilst searching for sewing tips, and have to answer your question:

    Yes! I would and did knit yellow socks, and they are SO cheery to wear on a winter day. I call them “Walking on Sunlight” :)

    http://www.ravelry.com/projects/quinn/shurtugal

    Now, back to reading your wonderful sewing blog…

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