Because I can – Final Edition

That’s right folks!  This is the FINAL Episode!
I may not have won my Olympic Knitting Medal, or set any “official” records, but this is still an accomplishment I feel few will dare to attempt.

Late last Wednesday (or early Thursday morning), 14 beautiful socks emerged from the longest addi Turbo® circular needle I have ever had the pleasure of using.  The process unfolded in many different places, and involved two knit nights at some wonderful local yarn shops.

Unraveled Yarn

Renaissance Yarns

So, without any further ado, here are the socks in all their finished glory…

The Monday Sock:

This is the practical sock, made of Zitron’s Trekking Pro Natura, which is a blend of 75% Wool, and 25% Bamboo Fiber.  This blend is excellent for making socks for men or for people that tend to have sweaty feet, as the bamboo is 3 times more absorbent than cotton, and it is antimicrobial.  The stitch pattern I used for this practical sock was a rib pattern, but with an unusual repeat to keep it interesting.

The Tuesday Sock:

Tuesday is the day of the week in which I tend to get everything in order, so a self-striping yarn, such as Austermann’s Step, was the obvious choice.  The stitch pattern for this sock is a Basket Weave Rib, since Tuesdays are the day I go to the spinners’ and weavers’ guild meetings.  The fact that this yarn is treated with Aloe Vera and Jojoba oils makes it an absolute delight to use.  I find it interesting that this is the only pair of “identical twins” in the entire collection.

The Wednesday Sock:

As Wednesday is the “Traditional” middle of the week (aka, Hump Day), I chose a little bit of dazzling color to help get through the rest of the week.  This yarn is also from the Austermann Step family, called Step Duett.  The stitch pattern is a Chevron Rib.

The Thursday Sock:

Thursday is still in the work week, but in the final countdown to the weekend.  Schoeller + Stahl’s Mexico Cotton Stretch is a self-striping blend of Cotton, Wool, Nylon and Elastic, and a perfect choice for that final “stretch” to the weekend!  The cotton in this yarn makes it a great option for those in warmer climates.  The stitch pattern I chose, the Mistake Rib, was intended as a play on words.

The Friday Sock:

Fridays are just plain Crazy, and the yarn I used for this sock is currently one of the most popular sock yarns that skacel carries – Schoppel Wolle’s Zauberball Crazy.  This stitch pattern went through a bit of an evolutionary process, but the final cabled pattern shows off this yarn well.  Notice how the cables go in opposite directions on the 2 socks?  (I know.  Seven different patterns just weren’t enough!)

The Saturday Sock:

Having been exposed to the 3/50 project, I wanted to make sure this sock represents my commitment to shopping at locally owned shops, the neighborhood LYS (Local Yarn Shop).  Helping the local economy by buying locally is a good, patriotic thing to do, as this delightful Schoeller + Stahl’s Fortissima Nationalfarben yarn reminds me.  It was fun to create a pattern with stars and stripes, although upon completion, it looks more like fireworks.  I expect I will wear these on the Fourth of July.

The Sunday Sock:

I think, when push comes to shove, that this is probably my favorite sock.  I love all of them, but because of the sentiment attached to this sock, it holds a special place in my heart.  The yarn is Zitron’s Trekking Maxima and is actually the most conservative of all the color ways used in this project.  The stitch pattern, however, is what makes this sock so special.  I decided to make this sock in memory of my father, who was a minister.  The pattern is based on one of his favorite scripture verses.  “I am the Vine, you are the Branches”.  I don’t think I’ve ever made so many bobbles!

So there they are!

I have been to some pretty interesting places with this project, from yarn shops to Sock Summit, but I think the most unusual place of all was in the stands at a hockey game.

Pucks and Purls. Thunderbird Hockey Game.

Thank you to:
Karin Skacel, for believing I could actually do this.
skacel colletion, inc., for the fantastic yarns and the magical addi lace 120” circular needle.
Judy Becker, for Judy’s Magic Cast On.
Cat Bordhi, for the toe design, the twittering, and the occasional prodding.
Chrissy Gardiner, for the hybrid heel concept from her Toe Up! book.
Jeny Staiman, for Jeny’s Surprisingly Stretchy Bind Off (found on Knitty.com).
Candice Bledsoe, for the photography along the way.

It has been quite a journey, and many of you have been there either in spirit or in person along the way.  I thank you for your words of encouragement, and cajoling, and confirmation that this is probably the craziest thing I’ve done in a long time.  To answer the question … yes, I would do it again, and I will … but not for a while.

What’s next?

I’ll keep you posted…

Prince Entrelac aka Brian

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47 Responses to “Because I can – Final Edition”


  1. 1 Franklin March 24, 2010 at 2:01 pm

    ***APPLAUSE***

    Absolutely amazing!

  2. 2 Rachael March 24, 2010 at 2:04 pm

    Congratulations Brian! Knew you could do it! Can’t wait to see what you’ll do next.

  3. 3 Linda Morford March 24, 2010 at 2:04 pm

    I am still amazed that it was even possible! And even more thrilled to see the final project! I am also addicted to sock knitting (never leave home with a pair of socks on the needles) but would never try such an ambitious project! And what handsome legs to model the socks!!

  4. 4 Amysue March 24, 2010 at 2:09 pm

    What a wonderful, inspiring and amazing project!! Every sock is perfect and it’s a testament to having a crazy idea and seeing it through!
    I think the sock you made honoring your Dad’s memory is my favorite as well-I love bobbles!

  5. 5 Karen March 24, 2010 at 2:13 pm

    What fun to see this finished. I love the description of each yarn and the thought behind the selection. I bought some of the red white and blue Fortisima at Stitches South last year. I am inspired, I think that pattern sets off the fun yarn and I think July 4th the perfect day to wear those socks. But, the Sunday pair are my favorite too.

    Will these patterns be published? I know I won’t do them all on one needle at once but there are several patterns I would love to try.

    Congratulations!

  6. 6 Beth Casey March 24, 2010 at 2:39 pm

    Bravo!!

  7. 7 Karen March 24, 2010 at 2:45 pm

    Sorry- I thought of another comment….. What an amazing FEAT!

  8. 8 Cheryl March 24, 2010 at 2:51 pm

    Brian, they’re fantastic! All of them! I remember seeing you and your socks at Stitch & Pitch last year and at Pucks & Purls last month. I’m amazed and thrilled for you that you’re finished. Enjoy your accomplishment.

  9. 9 Rob March 24, 2010 at 3:08 pm

    Congrats Brian! You are my hero!

  10. 10 Donna March 24, 2010 at 3:11 pm

    Congratulations – this is both an artistic and technical knitterly achievement. Awesome!

  11. 11 WonderMike March 24, 2010 at 3:22 pm

    Way to go, Mister Man!!! I love all the socks but I think my favorites are the Austermann Step (Tuesday/stripes) and the Trekking Maxima (Sunday). All of the socks are fabulous but I had to tell you my faves.

    You must be so relieved that it’s all done. I wonder what Knitting Everest you’ll attempt next……

    CONGRATULATIONS!!!

  12. 12 JelliDonut March 24, 2010 at 3:47 pm

    This is pretty amazing. It’s got to be a record. Congrats!

  13. 13 Janice Parker March 24, 2010 at 4:49 pm

    I don’t know how to knit (forgot what I learned in 4-H, even though I knit a long sleeve sweater back in those days…), but this is a beautiful project and wanted to tell you so.

  14. 14 PICAdrienne March 24, 2010 at 4:56 pm

    Wow, you ended up with a pair of identical twins, 5 pair of fraternal twins, and are the Zauerball even related? They are beautiful and amazing. Congratulations!

  15. 15 Stephen March 24, 2010 at 5:31 pm

    Congratulations! Those Sunday socks are quite the finale to an amazing set of socks.

  16. 16 Judy Becker March 24, 2010 at 5:41 pm

    Congratulations, Brian! What a wonderful, amazing accomplishment! You rock, dude! Of course the really cool thing about doing multiples all at once is that when you’re done, you’re DONE. Usually it’s just a single pair of socks. But you have a whole week’s worth! YAY!!!

    P.S. So sorry I missed you at Madrona. Went home very early on Saturday, sick as a dog. I was not good company.

  17. 17 Tania March 24, 2010 at 6:34 pm

    Congratulations!
    What a journey it was! Amazing socks!
    Can’t wait for the next project.

  18. 18 Stephanie Kohler March 24, 2010 at 7:50 pm

    I think a standing ovation is in order, Brian. It is with deepest sincerity that I say, “Bravo! I am so proud of you!” When I saw this project in process in Indiana and Michigan, I thought to myself that if anyone could achieve this, you could. The Sunday pair and dedication to your Dad – perfect. Congratulations, Brian. What a truly inspirational feat.

  19. 19 Myra March 24, 2010 at 8:16 pm

    Your consistent & sincere dedication to this project really deserves praise. It was wonderful that you dreamed it up, impressive that you took it on, and waaaay outstanding that you completed all 7 spectacular pairs. THE WORLD IS YOUR OYSTER!

  20. 20 pdxknitterati March 24, 2010 at 8:37 pm

    Congratulations, Brian; you rock! That was a huge project, and a great outcome. It was nice meeting you last summer at Sock Summit. Knit on!

  21. 21 ~margaret March 24, 2010 at 10:01 pm

    Congratulations! I have my picture that was taken with you and the amazing socks-in-progress at Sock Summit! Wow! that’s a year of socks, plus! Wonderful job! :-)

  22. 22 Tam March 24, 2010 at 10:07 pm

    Oh, no! The fourth of July is a SUNDAY!

    Ü

    I absolutely love this idea! I want to do it… maybe when my babies are all at school, eh? I can’t imagine trying to keep them all away from 14 socks on a line. Must learn to make two at once first!

    Love it! What ARE you going to do to top that? hehe.

  23. 23 MJ March 24, 2010 at 11:23 pm

    Brian, you DID IT! Esp. the Sunday sock turned out a-mazing.
    Hugs, MJ

  24. 24 Susan March 25, 2010 at 6:18 am

    You absolutely rock.

  25. 25 Mary Jane March 25, 2010 at 6:55 am

    I watched your progress on this blog with fascination and enjoyment. I still think you are crazy but good crazy. I hope your next “Because I can” project is just as interesting.

  26. 26 Bonnie March 25, 2010 at 6:57 am

    I’ve loved watching the progress of this massive project and am so happy for you! It’s an awesome accomplishment, and you have seven fabulous pairs of socks to boot! Good work.

  27. 27 Duffy March 25, 2010 at 8:28 am

    I remember seeing the project at Sock Summit and thinking how much of a commitment that would have been. The socks look wonderful. Nice job.

  28. 28 Jane March 25, 2010 at 9:07 am

    Congratulations Brian! Fantastic job and I’ve really enjoyed following your progress too.

  29. 29 Darlene March 25, 2010 at 9:20 am

    Congratulations Brian! What a wonderful accomplishment. Your Mama is so very proud of you!

  30. 30 Elizabeth L in Apex, NC March 25, 2010 at 10:53 am

    Bravo! Fantastic work – and awesome socks. Congratulations!

  31. 31 Elizabeth March 25, 2010 at 5:02 pm

    CONGRATULATIONS!!! An amazing journey and we are so glad you included us on bits along the way. I am both humbled and inspired by your efforts. Time for me to cast on my next simple pair. :)

  32. 32 Cara March 26, 2010 at 7:01 am

    It has been so much fun following your progress. Anytime I have trouble finishing a pair, your success will be my inspiration. Love them all. Congratulations!

  33. 33 Mikaela March 26, 2010 at 7:28 am

    Absolutely lovely!! Well done!! *applause*

  34. 34 AllyB March 27, 2010 at 10:49 am

    Truly an awesome feat! hehehe ahem, sorry I’ve been watching as you’ve progressed since my friend Lorilee Beltman saw your amazing undertaking at Sock Summit. Congratulations! Your socks are lovely.

  35. 35 April March 28, 2010 at 1:46 pm

    Great job! Next is 52 for the year right?

  36. 36 Kathy G. April 2, 2010 at 3:36 pm

    They all turned out beautifully. You should be proud. I don’t want this to be the final update on the blog. I would like to know how you are enjoying wearing them. Thanks.

  37. 37 Smiss April 11, 2010 at 11:35 am

    They all look FANTASTIC! Great job!

  38. 38 Tina M. April 13, 2010 at 6:22 am

    Just looking at that rig makes my head hurt, you get big props for taking on this challenge and seeing it through to the end! Congratulations on an amazing feat!

  39. 39 Linda Davis April 16, 2010 at 8:11 am

    Congratulations!

    What a daunting task to have accomplished! I’m sharing this “feet/feat” with all my customers at the shop, as I think this was absolutely awesome!

    I particularly liked your yarn caddy!

    Thanks for sharing this experience with everyone.

    Linda

  40. 40 sonja poor April 16, 2010 at 4:14 pm

    Applause, applause!! What a FUN project to check in on every now and again. Way to go! I loved reading the thought behind the selections.

  41. 41 Soosan May 18, 2010 at 9:28 am

    WOW!Socks are so wonderful anyway, but to finish so many!!! My hat is off to you and your great accomplishment! Maybe I should say my socks off to you;)
    Thanks for the inspiration.

  42. 42 anjaganja May 21, 2010 at 12:34 pm

    Well I never! Why didn’t I think of that!! Kudos to you. Every pair is special. I believe that is a world record.

  43. 43 threadbndr March 29, 2011 at 5:42 pm

    I am awestruck. I remember hearing about this project within the general buzz of Sock Summit.

    Congratulations.

  44. 44 Heini May 22, 2011 at 4:01 am

    Wow! You’re a machine! :) I love your working!

  45. 45 Tam December 22, 2013 at 2:19 am

    I was impressed by this when you did it long ago, and this month (Dec 2013) I started mine! Seven toe-up socks in hand-dyed self-striping yarn. It’s also part of a knitting game (on Ravelry) and I have 4 months. I’ve been regularly knitting on them in public, which is fun. Thanks for the inspirational and fun (and funny!) idea. P.S. You totally have wicked-looking wings in that first photo!) – Alrischa on Ravelry


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