In February of 2008 I knit a pair of socks that I was really looking forward to making. I had made a swatch for my daughter Meg of Twisted Fiber Art in this colorway and pattern and decided I really wanted to have a pair of socks after this model. As I knit these socks, I wrote down the pattern and it was published in March of 2008 as Show-off Stranded Socks (Rav link). Since then, there have been 461 other pairs of these socks knitted and recorded on Ravelry. So this is, by my lights, an extremely successful pattern.
And the socks themselves – I love them. Here’s a photo:
If you look closely at that picture, you’ll see that the gussets on these socks are a bit different from the standard style. Also, I knit different patterns in the gussets of the two socks, because I wanted to offer choices and thought it would be good to have photos of the various choices. The socks still feel lovely and look very fresh. They’re among my favorite socks.
A couple of years ago, Meg and I made a trip to Columbus, Ohio, to attend TNNA. We stayed in a nice hotel and had a most interesting and busy trip. When I unpacked after I got home, I discovered to my horror that my Stranded Teacake socks were missing. I was horrified. Any pair of handknit socks would be a huge loss, but this particular pair was one I really didn’t want to lose. So I phoned the hotel – which is the sort of thing I really, really hate doing. I was delighted to hear that they knew exactly what I was talking about and would mail them to me as soon as I sent them enough money for postage, and they’d even accept the money electronically. Within a surprisingly short period of time, my socks and I were reunited. I’m glad every time I wear them that I went to the trouble of getting them back!