Tuesday, 5 February 2008

Severn Socks

I have been taking off my boots all day because I can't stop showing off my new socks!

Pattern: Charade, by Sandra Park
Heel: Slip-stitch heel flap
Toe: Wide
Yarn: Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock, 045 'Cranberry', from Get Knitted. 2 skeins with lots left over
Via the stash? Definitely. I bought this last Christmas to knit some socks for my uncle, changed my mind and bought some yarn I thought was grey but turned out to be brown, and then didn't knit him any socks at all
Needles: 2.75 mm Brittany birch DPNs, from I Knit London
Gauge: 16 st x 23 rnds = 5cm

There are a few mistakes in these, which I'm quite proud of. Proud that I managed to let them go, and keep knitting. Proud that I didn't abandon the socks to the same forlorn fate as the other imperfect projects in the Workbasket just because of the odd misplaced stitch. Proud that I love them nonetheless, and perhaps because of their little idiosyncracies. Once or twice I didn't pick up stitches perfectly in pattern, and as you can see on the right foot in the picture above, one of the toe decreases is in the wrong place. The stitch markers popped off at various points and I thought I could sail through by counting. I couldn't.

I finished these in November - after struggling a bit with the grafting and giving the socks little ears a few times! - but didn't want to wear them until I'd taken some pictures. (Already, after a day of admittedly a fair amount of walking, they are pilling a bit around the heel; is this normal for Shepherd Sock or did I knit them too loosely?). Finally this weekend I managed to collect Deri, the socks and his camera all in the same place and take a few pictures (my poor little camera is going the way of all electronic goods). I am so proud of my first socks, they are so comfy and keep my feet so warm! I want to cast all my other projects aside and knit socks, socks, nothing but socks - all for meeeeeeeeeeee!

Ahem. Luckily there are a few socks in the Work Basket.

I love this pattern. Love it. I loved knitting it, I love the finished socks. Thank you, Sandra!


Rachel said...

Adorable! I love Lorna's Laces. Must buy some of the solid colors, yum.

Julia said...

Hey they turned out great! I don't see any mistakes, in fact they look smoother and perfect. :o) Yay!

Nora said...

I also have mistakes in mine - and, like you, I'm proud!

They look lovely - gorgeous colour.

Marie said...

I love them too! They are absolutely gorgeous socks! :) The idiosyncrasies makes them extra special.