For those who don’t know, this is a heathered “traditional” sock wool: 80% wool, 20% nylon – perfect for men due to its strength and colourways. It is also very much cheaper than most sock yarn. Nancy Bush uses it a few times in “Knitting Vintage Socks” and there is also a pattern for it in “Knitting on the Road”.
So when I spotted enough of this yarn for 5 pairs of socks on ebay for £10.99… I snapped it up!
First Love likes his hand-knitted socks. He likes them so much, he wears them every day. And he is not a “light user”! I left him at home today with the darning needle and his Piece of Beauty Gentleman’s stockings. He is an expert darner! But there is a definite need for several pairs of St Ives socks to be knitted in the coming months.
After the sockapalooooza rainbow socks that is!
Things are not quite as I expected with the rainbow socks! I thought that using a self-striping yarn alongside black would produce a shimmering "rainbow through the storm clouds" effect (humour me here!) but I didn't compute that using two yarns together makes each one go further than it would if it was knitted on its own... so the "bandwidth" of the stripes is very very long. So instead of going: "orange, yellow, green, blue, pink" before the heel turn, it has gone: "orange, yellow, yellow, yellow, more yellow...ooh - green!"
I hung on in there, because it is knitting up well - I seem to have done the right thing to believe the pattern when I was instructed to use 3.25mm needles - which I expected to be too loose. In fact, it suits my tension pretty well. And a really exciting thing happened late last night as I turned the heel... I can't wait to show you!
But I would hate to knit a pair of socks and have my pal think they were brash and ugly... it is a fine line between "fun" and "garish"! Comments? Anyone?