The latest pair of socks

I’m well into these socks, but I do have some concerns about the grey yarn. Having handled it for hours at a time, I’m not at all sure that it is a sock yarn. It feels more like a pure wool.  With my luck it will turn out to be 100% wool that isn’t superwash treated, and the socks will shrink the first time they go in the washing machine. (I’m sorry, but life is too short for hand washing socks.) But it did seem to leave a small amount of melted material as well as ash when I held an end in a flame, so maybe there is some nylon in it after all.

Grey and orange socksThe original plan was to knit both toes and heels in the orange yarn, but I wanted the socks to match. That meant I had to spend some time before casting on the first sock, unravelling the three small balls of orange I had remaining from a previous pair, to find two identical stretches of the printed yarn each long enough for a toe, and I couldn’t face doing it again when I reached the heel. Instead, I’ve knitted the heel in grey and then abandoned that sock where the ribbing will start, with very nearly half the grey yarn gone. The remains of the orange yarn will be used for the welts, and I’ll worry about whether or not it’s possible for them to match when sock no.2 reaches that stage as well. At least non-matching welts are less obvious then non-matching heels.


About yorkshirecrafter

I live and work in West Yorkshire.  I've always enjoyed crafts of all types, from woodwork to lace-making.  I also enjoy anything mathematical, which makes knitting a favourite pastime, especially complicated designs.  I've been advising businesses and industry on environmental matters for 30 years and also have an interest in green living, especially where it saves me money. I live with my husband and our Maine Coon in a 100-year-old cottage that constantly needs something doing to it.  Fortunately, I enjoy DIY too.
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