Neo-pard

When I saw Wool & the Gang’s neon leopard print socks on instagram, I had to make some my own. Here’s the first pair!

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Mothering sock day

I ran out of things to title posts about socks years ago. Please bear with me!

My latest pair of socks was knitted at speed and finished only a few hours before midnight on the day before Mother’s Day.

I can’t actually remember what the yarn is, except that it’s rather nice. I had started a pair of socks several years ago in this yarn (also for my mum) but gave up in despair two-thirds of the way through the first sock when I discovered that errata in the pattern had made it all wrong. So when it came to knitting this, I was dealing with very wobbly yarn, which had been crimped into a sad half-sock for several years. Thankfully blocking has removed the wobbles.

The pattern was made up as I went and the ribbed parts use twisted stitches on the knit stitches (knitted through the back loop) to look fancy and make me frustrated when I’m knitting to a deadline.

My mum likes them! Sockcess.

More socks afoot

I am enjoying the ease and speed of knitting self-striping sock yarn. My latest pair of socks is knit from a ball of Meilenweit Tirol yarn (colourway 3701) which I bought at Romni Wools in Toronto over Christmas.

I did a lot of the knitting going to and returning from Stockholm over my birthday weekend. 28 feels a lot less daunting with these adventurous socks on my feet!

Basic socks 

Somehow I managed to knit myself a pair of socks in tandem with making all of my Christmas gifts. These were easy peasy, and self drafted. I turned the heel with short rows, which was a first, but avoided some of the weirdness that a heel gusset brings to self-patterned yarn (my recent badger socks are a prime example of this weirdness).

The yarn was purchased at The Wool Croft in Abergavenny, and is Regia sock yarn. I recently bought another skein in a different colourway at Romni Wools in Toronto.

Finally, note the toe of the first sock I made, which I knitted the last few rows of in a different yarn, so as to be able to start the second sock at the same place in the pattern repeat. But I don’t think I’ll be wearing wool socks with peep-toe sandals anytime soon, so I reckon it will be fine!

Mr Badger

Just look at these socks:

Why are they so weird? Very badgery, very spirally, very unexpected. The yarn is Rowan Fine Art, which is a sock wool, so presumably other people have had this problem too.

Anyway, I made them for my dad for Christmas, to have a little something under the tree since my main present was experiential (we saw the musical of The Lorax in Toronto!), and he seems to like them just fine. 

Foot candy

A few months ago I was exploring perfect, charming, magical Stoke Newington and came across a sweet knitting and stationery shop, Of Cabbages and Kings. I bought a skein of Hedgehog Fibres sock weight yarn in “zephyr”.

The yarn was just too pretty to knit an exciting sock. I think of this as vanilla with sprinkles. 

The pattern was self drafted (although socks of this type are all much alike). I started with a provisional cast on, knit in rib for about an inch then had a row of k2tog, yo, and then knit another inch. Folded over, this made a lovely picot cuff with enough elasticity to stay up. 

I just love them! 

Boot socks

Note: WOW it’s been four months since I last posted, and this has been sitting in my drafts folder since November. I’ll publish this post and another from October (blushes), and then be free to move forwards into the third month of 2017!

It’s starting to get a bit chilly and that means it’s time for my dad’s birthday.

This year he got super warm, super practical boot socks.

I used the Hermione’s Everyday Socks free pattern on Ravelry, adapting it to the gauge and size I wanted. I like this pattern a lot – very easy to remember for commute knitting, and pleasing to look at and touch.

The main yarn is some old Rowan Purelife I found lying around and the cuffs, heels and toes are in a superwash  merino.