When it's cold my thoughts turn to coziness and knitting, and my favourite things to knit are socks.used
So the first pair I made used The Jekyll and Hyde pattern. I have made these before with yarn that was mainly bamboo, they turned out so soft and lovely. This time I used some 100% wool that I won on Ebay a couple years ago. It is royal blue and very rough to the touch. Anyway I knit it up and despite being quite stiff to work with the socks turned out great. I have made the mistake before of machine washing 100% wool socks, which are now too small lol....so I washed these ones by hand, hoping it would soften them up a bit...it didn't really, I think I may have to soak them in fabric conditioner.
It is a pain having to wash by hand, and it does put me off buying 100% wool, I usually go for yarn that has 25% man made fibre content as they tend to be machine washable.
So here they are..
If you check out the pattern I linked up there you will see that instead of a regular ribbed cuff I made a picot edge instead, just for a change.
A year ago I was in London and popped into John Lewis, thats where I bought the bamboo yarn. It is called Wendy Happy and is 75% bamboo and 25% nylon. I bought 2 colours, I used the first colour last year to make socks using the same pattern as above.
So onto the 2nd pair I have made this year, I used the 2nd colour of the Bamboo yarns. I used the Dublin Bay sock pattern..
This is the patterned section that runs down each side of the leg section..
The pattern also use the eye of partridge stitch for the heel section..this makes for a softly padded heel.
The finished socks.. It is really lovely yearn, so incredibly soft, and of course machine washable...BUT.. because it is so soft it is very slippery to work with.