Friday 16 November 2018

#showoffyourwoollysocks: Days 8-15

Since the start of November, I've been hosting the #showoffyourwoollysocks hashtag on Instagram as part of Wovember. Here's what I've shared for days 8-15. You can find days 1-7 here.

Day eight: These are the socks I knitted from last year's advent calendar swap. I alternated the sock yarn scraps with a neutral (West Yorkshire Spinners Signature 4 ply in Milk Bottle) to make them a bit more controlled, and I love them!

Day nine: I call these my Wimbledon socks, partly because of the colours (purple and green are the official colours of Wimbledon), and I knitted them over the course of Wimbledon in 2016. The yarn was a festive colourway from Mothy and the Squid, and is a 100% merino high twist yarn. I don't usually knit socks from yarn that doesn't include nylon (nylon adds strength to the yarn), but these are wearing surprisingly well. The socks have directional toes, which I love as they really improve the fit on my rather directional toes!

Day ten: These socks are the samples for my Lynda socks. They're knitted from the toe-up in West Yorkshire Spinners Signature 4 ply (it's a favourite), in the colourway Butterscotch. The socks are lovely and bright, but I did feel a bit like I had duck feet for the whole day!

Day eleven: A pair of fabulously autumnal socks for day eleven. These are knitted in Paintbox Yarns Socks* in the colourway Summer Vacation. These socks make me think of the Doctor Who scarf, and I love them so much!**

Day twelve: These pretty socks are in a Regia Arne and Carlos colourway. These aren't one of the Pairfect yarns, but I love how closely I managed to get the socks to match (I find this easier when knitting the socks from the toe-up, which I did here). These are one of my favourite pairs of socks.

Day thirteen: Another design sample, these were the sample for my Amy socks. I love the ripple pattern on these. This is yet another pair of socks knitted in West Yorkshire Spinners Signature 4 ply.

Day fourteen: These fabulously sparkly socks are knitted in an Opal yarn. The yarn is the sparkliest that I have ever knitted with and I can't help smiling when I wear these socks. The colours make me think of licorice allsorts, and these socks are firm favourites. I knitted the socks with an afterthought heel as I got carried away and knitted way past the point where I wanted to put the heel in!

Day fifteen: This cheery red pair of socks are one of my earliest attempts at socks. They were definitely my first pair of toe-up socks. The fit isn't the best (the feet are fine, but the legs are too short, so are baggy round my rather skinny ankles). These socks are knitted in long-since discontinued Araucania Ranco.

I'll be hosting the hashtag until the end of November, and there's still plenty of time to join in. Full details can be found here, or just go to Instagram and post whatever woolly socks you're wearing today! Remember to use the hashtag!

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** Yarn was supplied for review purposes by Paintbox Yarns. All opinions are my own.

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