Thursday 8 November 2018

#showoffyourwoollysocks: Days 1-7

Over the past week, I've been hosting the #showoffyourwoollysocks hashtag on Instagram as part of Wovember. Here's what I've shared over the first seven days.

Day one: These were knitted using a merino/nylon sock yarn from Cuddlebums. The yarn is variegated, but has pooled as stripes, which I love. I only had a sock set for these (50g of MC, 20g of CC), so I knitted them from the toe-up and made both socks at the same time to maximise yarn usage. I used a Fish Lips Kiss heel to avoid disrupting the pooling.

Day two: Festive socks knitted in West Yorkshire Spinners Signature 4 ply in Holly Berry (MC) and Cherry Drop (CC). These were knitted from the toe-up with a heel flap and gusset, which is my favourite sock-knitting technique. The socks are a little bigger than my usual because I accidentally knitted them on 2.25mm needles, not my usual 2mm.

Day three: Lovely bluey striped socks in Knit Picks Felici, a super-soft merino/nylon blend. This colourway is called Captain Nemo, and I knitted these from the toe-up with an afterthought heel. I was a bit Heath Robinson when I knitted these as I didn't have scissors or a needle to hand, so improvised the Kitchener stitch with a fork...

Day four: Soft and squishy socks knitted in Devbbie Bliss Rialto Luxury Sock. I love the colours in these, but hated knitted them. The yarn dyed my fingers blue while I was knitting them, and they leaked loads of dye when washed for the first few times. I love matching socks, but couldn't get this yarn to match at all. I worked the socks from the toe-up, and used a Fleegle heel, as you don't need to know row gauge for that heel type, and reading rhe row gauge from the knitting was hard!

Day five: Lovely socks in West Yorkshire Spinners Siganture 4 ply in Blue Raspberry (MC) and Rum Paradise (CC). I was so smug when I realised you could knit the rainbow as the contrast rather than as the main colour, and I adore the finihsed socks, they're just so cheerful!

Day six: This is the inverse of Day five's socks. I knitted both pairs using Susan B. Anderson's Smooth Operator pattern.

Day seven: Another pair of socks made from yarn dyed by Cuddlebums. I think this was the first pair of socks I knitted using variegated hand-dyed yarn, and I love the crazy pooling. The yarn is a Donegal Nep sock yarn and has worn really well. The pattern is Zigzagular socks, but modified to be knitted from the toe-up with a heel flap and gusset. Also, I love socks with a stitch pattern up one side of the foot, but they are a pain to photograph!

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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