Sunday, July 08, 2007

Lollipop sock

My multi-coloured bag is currently felting in the machine (I hope! It's on it's 3rd cycle but some shrinkage is at least evident) and I decided to move onto something completely different. Socks.

It's been a while since I've knitted socks and after the knitting chunky yarn on 9mm needles all week I couldn't face the usual tiny skinny sock needles and yarns. This is Opal Lollipop 6-ply which I knit on 3mm needles. As it is self-patterning yarn, I find a very plain sock pattern works best. In this case it is a toe-up plain foot with short-row heels and a 2X2 rib for the legs. While in many ways much of this knitting could be seen as simply a smaller version of the knitting of my bag (knitting plain garter stitch around and around and around), watching the self-patterning form provides an ample diversion. "I'll just knit to the end of the pink. OK, to the blue. Look this dark blue and white is making an interesting spot pattern."

Yarn bargains
My resolution to refrain from yarn buying took a bit of a hit on Friday. Cleggs was having a sale. I restrained myself to a mere 4 balls of purple Naturally NZ DK yarn and 2 balls of grey/black Patons sock yarn. At $2/ball it was a bargain too good to resist.

I am very proud of myself, however, for resisting the 'bargain' novelty yarn that I would probably never knit or wear.

I was sorely tempted by some of the silk blends and a bamboo yarn but my budget won over my heart.

1 comment:

Sheep Rustler said...

Be warned that the self-patterning won't look as good in the ribbing. The 'fairisle' sections don't like rib. Nice brightly coloured pattern though! And good luck with the bag felting :)