COOKIE A SOCK CLUB: June #1 • June #2 • August #1 • August #2 • October #1 • October #2 • December #1 • December #2
VANILLA SOCKS FOR CHARITY: July • August • September • October • November • December • January • February • March • April • May • June
I can highly recommend the pattern, though it'd be better in self-striping yarn than from scraps. Although I love the socks on my feet, my scraps didn't knit to a very consistent gauge and as a result the socks look lumpy and uneven when not on my feet. These are headed to my sock drawer rather than charity as I'm not entirely happy with them.
Late last week my cousin shared a Facebook post wherein the Diana Princess of Wales Hospital in Grimsby, England asked for hand knit cardigans for the preemies in their neonatal ward. Grimsby is her husband's hometown and he's headed their to visit his mum in a few weeks. After poking around on Revelry for a suitable pattern I settle on this one. Goodness it knits up quickly! Looks like I'll have several ready for him before he boards that flight! And just look how cute it is ... although it's a bit worrying that something that tiny would actually fit a child!
As mentioned the October patterns for the Cookie A sock club were released, and thank goodness, neither of them were bed socks. The designer admits that the luxury yarn wasn't likely to make durable socks, so with that I posted the yarn for sale within the group and sold it within minutes. At least I recouped a small portion of my investment!
I cast on and knit a pair of socks roughly based on one of the club patterns - "All Shook Up". As written the sock features a false seam down the back of the sock and the leg patterning tapers off to a V at the top of the instep. Instead I opted to knit the pattern seamlessly around the leg and continue the pattern to the top of the heel flap and across the instep to the beginning of the toe. It's a very simple pattern of knits and purls. Nice enough, but it wouldn't have been a pattern I'd choose to purchase and knit.
The yarn is from Shelridge Farms - 80/20 fingering in an "aubergine" colourway. The colourway is quite dark so the pattern is not as obvious as it might have been in a lighter colour. And the darkness of the yarn made it somewhat unpleasant to knit. I'm glad to have it knit up and out of my stash!
The other October pattern for the Cookie A sock club is "Love Me Tender" which is another simple pattern, this time with columns of cables and lace. I've picked out a light turquoise yarn for this and have knit most of the first leg... but more on that next week! And hopefully Clandestine sock two will get some love too!