Friday, July 9, 2010

Three pairs

We've recently returned from a vacation that involved hundreds of miles of driving. Because the person in the passenger seat must knit, and my husband isn't very good at that, he did all the driving. In addition to some other things, I started and finished these three pairs of socks for A4A:

The pairs on the right are made out of Bartlett Maine wool, following the pattern I published in excruciating detail right here on this blog earlier this year, during snow season. I wove the ends in this week, sitting on my front porch, when it was 102 degrees (metric folks, that's 39 degrees), a far cry from the blizzard that was raging while I posted photos for the class. These are thick, sturdy socks that will last a long time.

My favorites from this batch, though, are the pair on the left. Those are made from 2 strands of sock yarn worked together. I chose Kroy, in two different but related colorways. Kroy is a little thicker than most of the sock yarn I use (166 yards, or about 152 meters, per 50 g) and it made a lovely, cushy, flexible but thick fabric. The color is more accurate in the picture above, but the following picture shows you how a + b = c. If you want to do this, you'll need more than 50 g of each color for an adult sock, but you'll only use about 75 g of each.

I'm looking for more sock yarns to pair together, but while I search, I've started another pair in Bartlett -- this time in a deep rich red, the oatmeal color that's the stripe in the lighter blue pair, and brown. And these pairs go in the mail today.



Renee said...

Elizabeth, I love the idea of the striped sock yarn combos - great way to use up odd skeins as well!

Tory said...

They all look so cozy! Nice way to spend all that time in the car.

Currently I am also combining two colorways of a sock yarn (the now discontinued Magic Stripes.) I am loving the effect.

Kathy said...

I like this idea, too, and will next cast on a pair of toe-up two-at-a-time socks, sized for older kids or women.

KnitnginNM said...

The socks are beautiful. I'm a new sock knitter and Thank You again for the pattern. Here's a question I have... What about the heel reinforcing yarn I hear about? Do you recommend it?

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