Tuesday, January 23, 2007
Let's Go Puddle Jumping!
These socks are an accident that turned out fine. I had only knit a few other pairs of socks before these, and those in chunky, aran and DK weight yarns. This was to be my first pair with something lighter, sportweight as it turned out. I took a ball of Lion Brand Magic Stripes sock yarn along when Doug and I went to Tofino in November, thinking I'd knit a pair of socks while away. I worked until I had about six or seven inches of leg before I realized that they were going to be way too wide. I had cast on the wrong number of stitches. Who knows why? I hated the thought of ripping it all out. I realized that if I made them a lot longer, the wide part could be up around my calf, so I improvised a decrease section, and bravo! I had a long sock. Only one though, since it took a lot longer to knit a long one than a short one. The project got shelved until a week or so ago. Now finally I have my Wellington Socks.
The really happy news is that now I have a pair of long socks to wear inside my wellies so that they don't rub against my bare leg.
I reviewed the Lion Brand Magic Stripes in an earlier post, but just to reiterate. You do get a big 100g ball that is enough to make a whole pair of normal length socks. I used about 1.5 balls to make these. The yarn is 75% wool/25% nylon and machine washable. Socks knit up quickly on 3.25mm needles. The colour quality is a bit yutz, but the stripes were fun, and on a gray rainy day should bring a smile. The yarn is perfect for kids' socks as well as for ADD sock knitters like me.
This is my third pair of socks completed in the last four weeks. Today I grafted the toe of the second sock without looking at the instructions for grafting. Now that's a first.