I love handknitted socks, I think they look and feel fabulous and I have coveted them for a long time. I knew how to knit socks but never caught the "bug" until I finished these.
They are very simple cuff-down, 3x1 rib rocks, with slip stitch heel. For such a simple pattern I wanted something that would keep me interested so I experimented with dyeing some very randomly variegated yarn. I love how these remind me of the Wizard of Oz: the emerald city and yellow brick road. It took me a while to finish them since they stayed in my travel bag while I worked on test knits, but I really loved knitting them.
And of course I needed some more fun yarn to turn into future socks, so here are a few additions to my stash.
This is my June installment of Hedgehog Fibres Twist Sock club called "Nemesis". Beatka is the queen of randomly variegated yarns. At first I wasn't sure about this mix of blues, purples, acid yellows, reds and greys, but now I think "Wow!" These will make some awesome vanilla socks.
These are two skeins of Socktopus Sokkusu Original that I bought from a destash. I love the cottony feel of this high twist merino, they feel like they would wear really well. I think one of these skeins will be destined for Monkeys.
And my first ever self-striping yarns by Trailing Clouds. Self striping yarns are very labour intensive to dye and I was so happy to support a UK dyer that specialises in them. The one on the far right is called "Mind the Gap" with a staggering 11 colours based on the London Underground lines.
Of course I had to see how it knits up straight away.
Absolutely fun and addictive! I just can't stop at one stripe so they are knitting up very quickly. I'm also loving my new Karbonz DPNs. They are very grippy (so no stitches falling off) but the tips are slippery and easy to knit with. I may become a sock knitter yet.