These socks were made for my lovely friend Naomi, a regular recipient of my hand knits including a hat for last years birthday and I think the first ever project I finished, a pair of unrecorded mitts. As any knitters reading will agree, it is only worth giving knitted presents to people you know will appreciate the time, effort and love that goes into them. The months of forward planning, picking out something you hope they will cherish for a long time. These people are few and far between so well done Nom, you rule!
They were knitted with an opal sock yarn I picked up in Belfast when I was visiting this summer. I was trying to find some Irish wool but to no avail but this yarn with its subtle colouring called out to me. The pattern is Hermione Everyday Sock. I really liked the basic pattern but I changed the number of stitches to 48 instead of 64 and knitted them on 2.5mm needles. I found the pattern instructions quite hard to follow because of this so I ended up going back to the Simple Skyp Sock pattern which I know works really well and just supplemented the texture pattern. I did go back to the pattern for the heel flap and really liked the outcome, the stitches were really easy to pick up for the instep and I like the look of the garter stitches it.
I’ve been really slack at posting recently but I do have a few more projects that are ready to post up so stay tuned!
Socks socks socks, I don’t know when my sock obsession will end. I think one of the biggest reasons for my love of socks is the need for only one ball of wool. No need to worry about how many balls to buy and also the colours and patterns are so diverse and I can pick out things I would never want to use for anything bigger or more visible. These are my newest addition. They are another version of the Skype Socks which was the pattern I used for my Opal Fruit socks. but this time I included the slip stitch pattern.
The yarn is hand dyed merino wool from I Knit in London. I love the vibrant colours but paired with the pattern they kind of make my head hurt. I made a couple of mistakes, can you spot them…?
Do you remember when Starburst used to be called Opal Fruits?
It seems I have some kind of packaging problem and threw the packet for this yarn away so yet again I have no idea what this is. But from various investigations on Ravelry, I think it might be Opal. This yarn winged its way to me all the way from Canada a couple of months after I left last year. It’s a pretty uninteresting story to be truthful, something about left over money, closing bank accounts, yawn. Long (boring) story short, I was sent this yarn as a surprise, all I had stipulated was that I wanted sock yarn. So this turns up and to be honest it isn’t what I would have been drawn to if it were me. All I had previously know of self-patterning sock yarn (the first socks I ever made were made in an ugly regina yarn) is that the pattern usually comes out a bit busy, too much going on all at once. So I assumed this would be the same. I clearly don’t have much of an imagination, because I absolutely love how this came out! Big bold stripes is much more up my street.
The pattern is by Adrienne Ku, called Simple Skyp Socks. I actually started out knitting the pattern proper in a different yarn (it will feature as something else soon I’m sure) but the colours weren’t coming out right and the pattern was being lost so I made the brave decision after knitting half a sock to give up on it. I did however enjoy the heal flap technique, which I haven’t done before, so I just did exactly the same basic sock, but without the pattern, et voila… I did the extra small version as they are intended as a men’s pattern and they are a perfect fit. Hurrah! I knitted the first sock in a day because I’m a mad woman, and the second is now done in not only under a year, but under a week! Holy mackerel, someone call the papers!
Something about the snowy days we’ve had recently have inspired me to start on the all important second sock. Probably something to do with having cold feet. I thought this might never happen seeing as the first was finished over a year ago. I hope this means I am officially free of my second sock syndrome. Fingers crossed.