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!

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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.

Sockcess

To get me through the summer I’ve had a sort of project plan, or rather two: one for sewing and one for knitting. The sewing plan is so horribly behind schedule that I now need to abandon it, to make way for winter sewing and Christmas production. But even so, I’ve completed a couple of things on it that I’m really proud of and it’s helped to focus my mind and prioritise a bit. 

The knitting plan however, I have completed! Woohoo! On 30 August, one day early, I cast off and blocked my final piece. This was despite a major setback, namely, being distracted by other pretties… 

In Toronto in July I bought some gorgeous Koigu yarn at Ewe Knit with a voucher from my aunt. It was just too tempting to throw myself in, so I threw caution to the wind, sidestepped my carefully planned schedule, and cast on a pair of Thornfield Socks

I was initially worried that the yarn variegation and the cables wouldn’t get on very well, but I think these have turned out beautifully, particularly after blocking (with new sock blockers from the Wool Croft!). 

Probably everyone but me already knew about Rachel Coopey’s incredible sock patterns, but when I discovered her stall at Wonderwool this winter I was smitten. This is the first design of hers I’ve made, and I love them. 

So anyway, back to the project plan. The socks I completed on 30 August were these Arrow Socks by Makiho Negishi. 

I still don’t think my stranded knitting is perfect, and I wish I’d used the yellow as the top colour rather than the white when carrying floats, but all in all I’m pretty pleased with myself! Two Japanese patterns with no English help completed in one summer. Not bad. 

Two for joy

I first blogged about this poor single sock in February 2015. I’m pleased to finally announce that it has a friend, its life is complete, it can fulfil its purpose in life. Two socks! At last! And they both more or less go over my foot.

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Sadly I finished the second sock just in time for summer, so I haven’t had an opportunity to wear them both together yet. But come autumn, I predict I shall be living in these. They’re so warm! So thick! So dense!

The pattern is from Georgina Parks’s excellent book for Rowan, Sock Knitting Workshop. It was a great pattern for learning fairisle techniques – easy to remember but great to look at.

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The yarns I used for these are potentially awkward bedfellows – the purple-blue is scrumptious Rowan Fine Art sock wool. The pink stuff was dirt cheap – only £1 at Tiger – and is fluffy and rough. But I think the combination looks good at least.

I chose the colours based on a really vivid dream I had when I was about four years old, about a beautiful pink and purple fish I saw walking (in my dream) with my dad through Toronto’s Chinatown. Twenty-two years later, here I am knitting a sock in its memory.

I think the afterthought heel is a bit of a problem in this pattern, because the fairisle just doesn’t have enough stretch to take it. Hence my difficulties with getting these socks on (and off). I have already lined up my next pair of socks to knit, using this Japanese pattern. They have a gusset, so I’m hopeful that the heel shaping will be marginally better.

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