Brugge Canal Socks

Yarn: Scheepjes invicta coloris colour 1640

Pattern: improvised. I liked the way the short bands of colour looked in stockinette but I wanted a little interest. There are two twisted stitches as ribs down each side.

I bought the yarn in Brugge, the colours reminded me of water, and the ribs reminded me of the canals in Brugge – none too numerous and mostly straight. So that’s where the name came from. A lovely project for Project Spectrum’s water element.

I am nowhere near done my knitting goals for my 101 Things in 1001 Days list. I want to have knitted 10 pairs of socks for myself, for instance, and while this brings it up to 5, I haven’t done many of the fancier techniques I’d hoped to try. The cabled ones are certain to get done, since I’ve loved cabling since I first tried it. Clessidra and Cablenet are tempting me currently.

Now I’m knitting socks for Rainer. Plain ribbed socks out of another Scheepjes yarn that he selected for himself. The colours remind me of lava and so they’re Lava Socks. He wears the two hand-knitted pairs I’ve made for him almost daily, and how can I not knit for a man who clearly loves the product of my labour so much?

I started them yesterday while we were at the pool in 30 degree weather.


I love that this is a land of knit socks. I’ve already seen two pair ‘in the wild’ – the kind of faux-fair-isle yarn that Germans seem to prefer. And sock yarn is for sale in some of the local grocery stores, as are the needles you need to knit them. On Sunday we move to Trier for a week and I’m hoping that in my trip to the yarn store I’ll find a source for hand-dyed sock yarn as well. But I’m pretty certain that Regia’s totally cosmic Galaxy sock yarn will also find its way into my shopping basket.


6 thoughts on “Socks

  1. lolly says:

    I love the Brugge socks! Funny that you are so sock crazy and I can’t seem to get excited about knitting them at all. I know it comes in waves though… perhaps it will come back around in time for Socktoberfest. I can’t get over how cool it is that they sell sock yarn and needles in the grocery stores. Ah, how lovely!

  2. JoVE says:

    I found at least 2 yarn shops in Trier and wasn’t there for very long. I also found a rather nice fabric shop. The toy shop is rather large and fabulous, too.

    I completely understand your feeling about knitting for someone who so obviously appreciates it. My dad is like that about the socks I’ve knit him. Makes it easier to decide on birthday gifts though.

  3. kim says:

    As a new sock knitter I appreciate that you show the humble beginnings of sock. I am at about that point, and to see a finsihed one gives me hope too!

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