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Build Me Up Buttercup Socks

What’s a .knitter to do when the sleeves of her husband’s sweater are making her cry she’s so bored? Finish a pair of socks, of course!


These are for Hannah. I had hoped to finish them for last weekend as I wanted to give them to her as a gift for her stellar performance in “Grease” at school. That was not to be and instead I gave them to her quite unceremoniously yesterday afternoon.


She loves the yarn so much that she’s okay with the lack of sock sleeve and special presentation. The yarn is, of course, Vesper sock yarn, brilliantly dyed by my dear friend Julia of Knitterly Things.


See those perfectly matched stripes? I really can’t take much credit for that. All I did was make sure I started in the same place for each sock. Julia’s dyeing technique is what makes those perfect stripes.


And Hannah’s just a wee bit anal about the matching socks thing so she adores these. She was singing, off key mind you, the whole time I was snapping these pictures.

Why do you build me up Buttercup, baby
Just to let me down and mess me around
And then worst of all you never call, baby
When you say you will but I love you still
I need you more than anyone, darlin’
You know that I have from the start
So build me up Buttercup, don’t break my heart


The nice thing about a pair of socks is the only way they’ll break your heart is if they wear out.

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  1. Great socks! I’m almost at the toe decreases of my first Vesper sock in Algae! Love the yarn and the stripes.

  2. nice. and i will be singing that song the rest of the day. just reading the lyrics has stuck it to my brain.

  3. When i was in college, a boy that I grew up with (preschool to college graduation) had to sing that to me with his frat brothers on the quad. I love that song… I sing it out loud and without reservation whenever I hear it. Dan swears it will be played 9 times at our wedding… ha ha ha

    nice socks.

  4. Adorable! Added bonus of reminding me of high school dance line – their theme song was “Buttercup”. I’ll be humming it all day long!

  5. Or socks can break your heart if you think you have them finished properly but don’t and you see a hole in the toe after the first time you wear them and you don’t have the gumption to rip back and reknit to fix the hole. 🙂 Great socks – I really like the detail at the top.

  6. Thanks. Guess what song is gonna be stuck in my head all day??? (At least I’ll have an image of cute socks to go with it…)

  7. Fabulous colors! I just got some Vesper sock yarn in Love Stinks Yeah Yeah and I think I’ll make those my next portable project.

  8. That Hannah is one lucky girl. Great socks, Carole! I love the heels. And I will have you know there is nothing wrong with needing and loving the matchy-matchy socks. :p

  9. Hannah is one lucky girl to have a mom that knits up beautiful socks! Glad to hear she had a stellar performance in GREASE! I know you are proud of her! Love the colorway!

  10. Love those socks! It’s my favorite Vesper colorway! I am always really amazed by how perfect she dyes the stripes!

  11. Those are nifty socks. Mmmm, stripes.
    Congratulations to Hannah! I was in Grease in high school, I was the nasty mean teacher. It was so much fun.

  12. yes i hear that vesper sock yarn is quite lovely … NOT THAT I’VE EVER BEEN LUCKY ENOUGH TO SNAG ANY!!

    those are some great looking socks.

  13. Cute, cute socks!! (I’ve always LOVED that song — that was an important time in my cultural coming of age.)
    ; )

  14. I’m old enough that I started singing that song in my head as soon as I saw the post title! Great socks… And what stunning eggs, oh my… My widow friend (that you met briefly at spa) said she is convinced that another friend’s farm fresh eggs made up into real butterscotch did wonderful things for her husband. He’d ask for it, and she’d make it, and if he had a doc appt soon after, his ‘counts’ would all be incredibly good, more than the docs could believe.

  15. Great socks! I feel the same way you do about Vesper yarn. I’m knitting a pair of socks with it right now, and I marvel the whole way through at how nicely the stripes turn out. Julia is indeed a very talented dyer. I bet Hannah loves those socks!

  16. lovely buttercups! And I think that you DO get some credit for lining up the stripes so perfectly. I never seem to get the knack of that (giggle)

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