Saturday, January 07, 2012
FO: Everyone Outta The Holly Socks
What better way to finish my Christmas holiday than with a pair of socks in the colourway: "Boughs of Holly"?
Pattern: Everyone Outta the Pool with tweaks
Yarn: Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock in "Boughs of Holly" (from Ambermoggie's destash in aid of Macmillan)
After my last pair of Lorna's Laces socks turned out as mismatched spiral-stripers, I deliberately chose a pattern designed to disrupt the regularity of a hand-dyed yarn. There are some very fine examples of this pattern in action on Ravelry, so I thought this was a smug choice. In the skein, the colours were suitably Christmassy and quite masculine.
Knitted up? I am reminded of a rather dusty "ancient" tartan. I can't name it, though!
I didn't follow the pattern as written. My laptop has stopped talking to the printer, so I wrote down the bare essentials of the toe-up stitch pattern, and then used "Socks From the Toe Up" to work the heel from the Trilobite Socks pattern. My first attempt gave me an absurdly-long foot, as I misjudged the length of the gusset section. So I worked the second foot to the correct length before ripping back sock one to match. I used a simple K1P1 rib for the cuff.
Well, they are warm man-socks. FL isn't especially interested in their looks. He is just pleased to be let off the hook as far as darning duty is concerned!