Ain’t Talkin’, Just Walkin’

Hiking Socks

Yarn: Opal Hundertwasser

Needles: Addi Turbo Circs – u.s.1
For these socks, I cast on 64 stitches and worked a rib pattern for 30 rows before heading down the heel flap. Now that they are done, I guess the rib pattern doesn’t really show up, so it could have been anything, but I used: k4, p1, k2, p1 – 8 stitch pattern repeat.

The yarn is 75% wool, 25% nylon. It felt a bit scratchy to knit with, but I’ve since washed them and they feel softer and cozier. I’ll give them the hiking workout on Friday – our usual day to go up to Quarry Rock in Deep Cove. This trail is just the beginning (or end, depending on your point of view) of a long 48km trail that goes from Deep Cove, North Vancouver to Horseshoe Bay in West Vancouver. The trail can be picked up from many different spots and done in short bits, or if you are hearty and full of vim and vigour you can do the Kneeknackering North Shore Trail Run ultra marathon and traverse 16,000 feet of vertical climb and descent……..yeah, I thought so. Just come on a little 2k hike with us. No knees will be knackered in the process, promise!

So, I decided to try these little hiking socks because the ones I wore last week weren’t that comfortable. And really now, what’s more comfortable than hand-knit socks? So I designed these to be short on the cuff. I was drawn to this yarn because I collected Hundertwasser prints when I was a young art history student. I loved the bright colours, the whimsical designs and true to form — the shiny bits. These socks are certainly colourful, whimsical, shiny-not so much. The blotches of red add great contrast colour, but it looks like blotches of blood doesn’t it? Is this a good look for hiking in a forest full of bears, cougars and snakes?

I named these babies – Ain’t Talkin’, Just Walkin’ after a Bob Dylan song from his latest cd – Modern Times. Just as I was casting on and wondering which of the hundreds of BD songs to name these after (because I’m obsessed you understand) this song came on my ipod. Fate, a simple twist.

2 thoughts on “Ain’t Talkin’, Just Walkin’

  1. Must confess I don’t like the red blotches on the socks, for the very reason you said: looks like blood spots. You could claim they claim from hard-earned hiking blisters! I do like that height of sock, though.

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