I’ve started my socks!
Bet you didn’t think I would! Well, you’d better believe it……..
I’ve even turned the heel and (whisper it) I’m quite enjoying it… but shhh…. don’t tell anyone!
I’ve chosen Beat Feet by Rachel Atkinson from Knit Now Issue 20 as they looked interesting enough, but not too taxing, so I could concentrate on the construction of the sock and getting a good fit, rather than worrying about complex stitch patterns. It’s a nice pattern which has been well thought out so that you can knit mirrored socks and the cable pattern is nice and stretchy, so it should be comfortable to wear.
There is one teensy little hitch though….. (no, not the fact that I will now want to knit all the socks)….. a week ago, gripped by the urge to get started, I grabbed this skein of dark purple yarn from my stash, where it has been hiding for some time.
I didn’t really think about just how dark the colour was, or the nature of dark hand dyed yarn (i.e. it will tend to have some loose dye). So I didn’t consider before winding it into a ball and getting started that it would lose quite a bit of colour. It was only after I had wound it (by hand – couldn’t be bothered to get the swift and ball winder out) that my fingers had a slight puce tinge about them.
I put it to the back of my mind and just started knitting. I mean, I was concentrating on knitting magic loop (I don’t really like knitting small circumferences in the round), which I’d only done once before years ago (when I had absolutely no idea what I was doing) so I didn’t really stop to think about the loose dye.
The next time I looked my fingers were a colour that would suggest I had been preparing beetroot. It does wash off eventually! But if I’d realised earlier I would have washed the yarn before I started (note to self: next time don’t get so over-excited about a new project that you fail to notice anything else). I will definitely rewind the yarn into a small skein and wash it before I start the next sock!
Wish me luck for the rest of the sock!