Sunday, April 28, 2013

Year of Projects 2: Winter Socks 02


Folk Knitting in Estonia: Aino's Gloves • Anu's Christmas Gloves • Anu's Mittens • Anu's Stockings • Avo's Mittens • Ellen's Stockings • Helgi's Mittens • Hilja's Mittens • Ilmar's Socks • Juta's Stockings • Kalev's Mittens • Kristi's Mittens • Laila's Socks • Landra's Gloves • Liidia's Gloves • Liivi's Stockings • Maarja's Socks • Maimu's Mittens • Marko's Mittens • Meida's Mittens • Merike's Gloves • Rita's Stockings • Sander's Mittens • Tiit's Socks • Ulla's Gloves • Virve's Stockings

Knitting Vintage Socks: Gentleman's Shooting Stockings with Fluted Pattern (1887) • Gentleman's Sock in Railway Stitch (1889) • Gentleman's Socks with Lozenge Pattern (1895) • Bed Sock in Lemon Pattern Fancy Knit Stripe (1896) • Cycling or Golf Stockings with Fancy Cuff in Trellis Pattern (1897) • Heelless Sleeping Socks (1897) • Child's French Sock in Citron Pattern and Diaper Knitting (1898) • Child's First Sock in Shell Pattern (1899) • Gentleman's Half Hose in Ringwood Pattern (1899) • Gentleman's Sock for Evening Wear (1900) • Evening Stockings for a Young Lady (1900) • Fancy Silk Sock for a Child of 5 or 6 Years (1900) • Gentleman's Fancy Sock (1901)  Gentleman's Plain Winter Sock with Dutch Heel (1901) • Child's Sock in Miranda Pattern (1904)  Baby's Bootikin (1905)    Little Child's Sock (1907)  Infant's Fancy Silk Sock (1909) • Ladies Useful Stockings (1913)    Ladies Silk Stockings with Clocks (1914)

While I rewound that skein of Classic Merino Lace from my stash I read the care instructions on the label - handwash and lay flat to dry. That puts paid to any plan to hold it double and knit it into a sock. A handwash-only sock would be worn once around these parts only to spend weeks or even months languishing in the laundry room. Back to the stash to find more machine-washable scraps to knit into this Gentleman's Plain Winter Sock!

The scale says I have plenty of yarn to knit these socks, but after alternating the Kroy sock yarn every other round with scrap yarn down the leg, and after knitting the entirety of the first heel with Kroy I'm nervous about running out of that particular yarn. If you've knit with Kroy before you'll know it's very hard-wearing  - the perfect choice for the heel. If need be, more of the foot and toe can be knit from other sock yarn scraps. That's why I put sock one on waste yarn immediately after picking up the gusset stitches to knit sock two to the same point. May as well know exactly how much of each yarn is left and make them match. Thank goodness for the kitchen scale.

Things are zooming along with these socks now. Although ... with this particular colour scheme, calling them "plain" seems wildly inappropriate. They're pretty loud! Now, I'd better get a few of the chores done ahead of spending the afternoon at workshop called "Beyond KoolAid" where we'll learn to dye yarn with food dyes. It's going to be so fun!

11 comments:

Dee said...

Loud is good! Love the color combo.

Have fun at the dye workshop!

Marie/Underground Crafter said...

Yep, those colors don't scream "Plain!" But the socks are looking great. I agree, the scale can be such a project-saver (lifesaver seemed a bit dramatic).

cleancup said...

I love those socks. Definitely not plain, but so, so much fun!

Alicia Landi said...

Hand washing isn't so bad, especially if you get some Soak wool wash! Every couple of weeks I put all my socks that need washing in a bowl/bucket with warm water and some soak and leave them for 15 minutes. Then I squeeze them out and hang them up to dry and they're done!

mysparemoments.com said...

Oh Love the colours and plain definitely seems inappropriate lol. Can't wait to see some of the yarn you dye, sounds like fun !

Caffeine Girl said...

I hate worrying about having enough yarn. Even with a scale, I get very paranoid about it.

No, these aren't really "plain" socks. Great colors.

Chrisknits said...

Love them, and, they are LOUD! But perfect.

Kepanie said...

I love how these are knitting up. I don't think them as loud as the yarn I had used for my Monkey socks. The colorway is awesome.

Alittlebitsheepish said...

These are lovely and bright. I think I use my scales for knitting more than I do for cooking!

nauget bluff said...

LOL for the hand washing..The same would happen here..but they would never get worn just because I knew I'd have to wash them afterwards!

Sandy said...

I think I shall name you the ZoOm Knitter...you totally amaze me, week after week. Love the fun colors.