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Wednesday, 10 May 2017

The Sock Queue

Hi Everyone
As promised yesterday, I'm sharing the next two projects in my sock queue. At the top of the list is the Om Shanti socks which are currently on my needles. I had almost finished one of the socks but they turned out very odd in terms of proportions. The foot was incredibly long and the ankle was very small - I couldn't get my foot into it. No question - the sock had to be ripped out ! I've recalculated the maths and am well into a new sock, which seems OK. I love knitting the pattern on the top of the foot and have learned the six line pattern which should help speed up the knit. I think some of the issue was to do with the fact that I am a 'tight' knitter - I'm consciously trying to 'loosen up' my knitting.

                 

My second 'sock to be' will be Herminone's Everyday Sock by Erica Leuder - this is a free download on Ravelry. This time, I will be using a sock blank, hand dyed by Stranded Dyeworks (on Etsy). I've never used a sock blank so this is a first ! I'll report on what I think about this approach. I've chosen the pattern because I'm hoping the colours in the sock blank will enhance the look of the final sock. I wanted something with a slight pattern but not something which will loose the lovely colours of the yarn. It will be interesting to see how the colours emerge. I know some people wind and wash the yarn from the sock blank before knitting but I will go straight from the blank.

I'm not sure how long it will take me to finish these two pairs of socks ? - I will definitely be taking my time. I do like having a sock project alongside my main knitting projects so I'm always looking for a new one. I'm finding having several knitting projects 'on the go' is good for me.

Thanks for calling in today.