It’s they that are lost, it’s they are confused

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Pattern: Hedgerow Socks by Jane Cochran
Yarn: Knit Picks Essential Kettle Dyed (75% wool, 25% nylon), colorway Spruce
Needles: U.S. 1 (2.25mm) Knit Picks Options nickel fixed 47″ circulars (two-at-a-time magic loop)

It has been two years since I finished a pair of socks. I have dozens of socks in my queue — gorgeous socks with cables and traveling stitches and complicated charts that take up three pages. But none of them could get my sock knitting mojo back. For that I needed — a trip.

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You see, socks mean travel knitting to me. They are impressive for the observer, they last through multiple cross-country plane rides, and when you’re done you can wear them right away. But there’s a hitch. The complicated sock patterns I love to knit make terrible travel knitting. You have to keep your charts in front of you at all times, and the pattern is constantly changing. For travel socks, you need simplicity. But simplicity is boring.

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That’s why I love these socks. Ribbing, but ribbing that demands attention. Double moss stitch in between columns of knits and purls. A basic yarn that unexpectedly becomes a smooshy soft cushion for your feet. In just two lengthy trips, I went from cast-on to round toe. Sock knitting is back in my life, and now that I’m home for the next few months, those complex cables are calling me.

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