I love September, in fact it might just be my favourite month; The summer sun is still around but there’s a wonderful nip in the air, and whilst I’m well past the ‘back to school’ stage, like so many people I still think in school years meaning that September is always a breath of fresh air. For so many reasons it has been a really tough summer, but as we move into autumn I can hopefully leave those troubles behind and look forward to knitwear season with renewed gusto.
There has been a lot of knitting and crochet going on in the background and so many exciting projects which I can now talk about and will do over the coming weeks. But firstly, do you remember the single socks of shame? Well, I’ve made good and finished a couple of pairs off. First up are Curiosa, the Coop Knits Mystery Sock KAL pattern.
I really love these and wish I had made them to fit me but they’re several sizes too small and will be tucked away for gifting. The wonderful red yarn called ‘Maserati’, is Skein Queen Entwine, a high twist base with a dash of nylon for strength and as you can see it really doesn’t take kindly to being photographed!
Here’s a black and white version so you can see the lovely geometric pattern more clearly:
The yarn has been in my stash for longer than it should have been and yep, I’m still going strong with the From Stash project but the yarn mountain doesn’t seem to be going down much – could it be that I am replacing every skein I use with a new one?! I have a drastic plan regarding ‘The Stash’ but whether or not I have the nerve to execute it is a different matter. I’ll keep you posted.
Next up in the finished sock parade are a pair using a new yarn from Regia which I picked up at TNNA to test out.
Regia is still my go to sock yarn for hard-wearing everyday socks for Mr K. It wears like iron, is machine washable and the fabric keeps it’s shape. I’m not saying the socks still look like new after a few years, but they really do last even in steel-toecap boots!
This new range is called ‘Pairfect‘ and the ball has been designed to make it super-easy for you to knit matching top-down socks. Starting from a yellow marker length, you unwind the ball to the end of the yellow yarn, snip the yellow marker thread off and cast on using the main yarn. I chose to cast on with the yellow for a pop of contrast – the yellow marker yarn is still Regia sock yarn. You then work a ribbed cuff until the colour of the main yarn changes, switch to stocking stitch and knit down the leg to the colour change indicating it’s time to work the heel. Knit the heel flap and gusset and work the foot to your desired length. When the first sock is finished, you then wind the ball on to and past the next yellow marker length and cast on for the second sock. I followed Coop Knits Dave sock pattern which is my go to top-down pattern.
It’s a clever idea and makes it very easy to knit a matching pair of patterned socks, but I did find there was a fair amount of waste. By the time I had finished the first sock and wound on to and past the next yellow marker yarn I had a good 7g of unused yarn, and bearing in mind these are a mens size 10 sock so a smaller ladies pair would leave more behind. I know that the yarn won’t go to waste as such, but it didn’t sit so well with the frugal Northerner in me!
Having said that, I really like the concept and the socks look good and will see Mr K through a few winters.
So that’s two pairs of socks finished and I was even spurred on to dig out these wretched stripey socks which are approaching their second year anniversary…
There’s nothing wrong with them – other than Mr K now supports Crystal Palace instead of Leeds United – it’s just that the call of a new project is always far more exciting than finishing up an old one isn’t it.
But for now I will resist temptation to cast on more socks until these are finished…I have the feeling I’ve said this at least once before!