We’re all Busy B’s. Whether we have kiddos, and/or busy work-lives, and/or busy social lives, and/or busy volunteer lives, we are a group of Busy-ass B’s. That’s why the grab-and-go pattern is always tops in my personal knitterly list. I’ve always got at least a few (dozen) socks on the needles at one time, and it’s my absolute favorite thing to toss in my bag and have with me at all times.
I call these projects “bag-projects,” although I don’t always carry a bag. Sidebar: I’ve become quite attached to pocket dresses, even going so far as to start a borderline obsessive journey to make my own. At any rate, and back to the point of this blog post, “bag-projects” are the kind of projects with no real time-crunch, the projects that you don’t really have to think about, the projects that are your constant companions.
That’s why I’ve just released this trio of patterns, called Socks for Busy B’s – they are my new go-to sock patterns. Sure, I’m still highly addicted to Sundae Socks, and, SURE, I will always be working on at least some of them, too, but these three patterns have a little something extra to pique our crafterly interest. They’re like second-level Sundae Socks.
First, and shortest, we have Short Attention Span. Ankle socks with a motif on the top reminscent of quilting’s famous Flying Geese pattern, and a sweet take on ribbing on the back of the leg. These are my favorites, at least right now. I’m working on two pairs at this very moment. It’s a relaxing and interesting stitch pattern that you can just kind of do. No frantic pattern-consulting for these socks; once you’ve got the flow, you just kind of do it.
Next, and a bit taller, we have Stolen Moments. You know those wee bits of time that you wrestle from the rest of your life to knit a round or two? These socks are absolutely perfect for those. A reverse-stockinette panel along the top plays really nicely with highly variegated sock yarns, and you can choose to make the leg taller and sport a folded cuff, or stop whenever your knitterly heart desires – I’ve made pairs both ways, and am equally happy with each.
And, finally, as an homage to all of those many irons we have in the fires that make up our days, Smithy. The chevron pattern is easy and fun to execute, and very memorizable, and it looks equally lovely with variegated, striped, or solid yarns. The picot cuff option lends a bit more fun to the pattern, but there’s a ribbed cuff option, as well.
All three of these patterns have provided me personally with so much knitterly enjoyment, and I hope they do the same for you. Each is available on its own for $5, or you can get the whole three-pattern collection for $11. Yay for fast, fun, and easy projects in amazing yarns!