WIP: Hermione's Sparkly Everyday Socks and some stash enhancement

I'm trying to break away from blogging only every six months about FOs so I'm posting about a WIP today!

For the past few months it seems like everything I've been knitting has been some shade of green. Don't get me wrong, I adore green, but I really wanted to knit something in a completely different colour. Rooting around in my stash I found a skein of Dream in Colour Starry in Miami Red... perfect! But what to cast on? Socks, clearly. My sock yarn stash is getting to be a bit of a... um... Problem. I have enough yarn to easily knit about fifty pairs of socks. But sock yarn doesn't count as stash, right? Does that rule still apply? Ah, whatever that's what I'm going to go with.

I decided to cast on for a pair of Hermione's Everyday Socks. These socks are quite popular on Ravelry, and I figured that pairing a glitzy yarn with an understated pattern would be a good idea.

Hermione's Everyday Socks WIP
I've gotten so used to magic looping my socks, but both pairs of my Addi Sock Rockets are out of commission at the moment. The nickel plating started flaking off of the tips - boo! I brought them back to the store that I got them from. They didn't have any of the ones I'd brought back left in stock, but they're going to contact me once they do so I can get replacements. I'm more than a little annoyed that the plating flaked off not just one, but both of these needles since Addis aren't exactly cheap. I've ordered a pair of HiyaHiya Sharps to try them out, because I've heard good things. But until those arrive in my mailbox I'm using good ol' DPNs.

The ribbing went really fast on these, but once I got into the leg pattern I thought they looked really large. I ended up frogging back to the beginning of the pattern section and decreasing to 60 stitches. This seems to have helped! The Starry is not very soft as I'm knitting with it, but I'm hoping that the finished socks will soften with washing. I've also noticed that the Starry I have is different than what others have used on Ravelry. I guess they changed the way the silver is spun into the yarn, and now it's actually one of the plies.

Hermione's Everyday Socks Closeup
Remember what I said above about my sock yarn stash becoming a Problem? Clearly this is a problem that isn't going to go away anytime soon because I recently made a couple of orders with Gynx Yarns in the past couple of weeks. I just received two skeins in the mail yesterday, and I have another two on their way to me right now.

This is her BFL Sock in Golden and Merino Sock in Yuna. Laura dyes a lot of colourways inspired by anime and video game characters, a fact which I seriously love. Especially since there are a lot of Final Fantasy inspired ones! I'm also eyeing Cactuar, One Winged Angel, and Golden Saucer... but my wallet can only take so much abuse.

I finished a pair of socks the other day so I may be posting about that soon... Stay tuned!


  1. I have knit with the Starry, and it does soften up. :)
    Must say that red is gorgeous with that pattern!