I finished the Saved By a Fish’s Kiss socks. Knit till I felt I was done, did an inch or so of ribbing, then used Jeny’s Surprisingly Stretchy Bind Off. It is extremely stretchy, but still a wee bit tight – methinks this has more to do with swollen calves than a problem with the socks. I only used about 2/3 of the yarn, so there’s enough to do something with what’s left, I will have to consider options. I’m very happy with my new socks!
Rudely ignoring the other WIPs waiting for attention, I gave in to my enthusiasm for this sock construction – especially the Fish Lips Kiss Heel – and immediately cast on for another pair. No pattern this time, just plain vanilla socks, to show off the yarn.
A few years ago Opal sock yarns came out with a line of self-patterning Harry Potter character colourways. I managed to grab a skein before the company stopped making them, and it had been patiently waiting all this time. For some reason, after time had passed I was certain I had bought the Hedwig colourway. I decided to knit some Hedwig socks! Imagine my surprise when I dug through my stash to discover that I had actually purchased a skein of the Draco colourway. Hm. Beautiful colours, to be sure, but why was I so convinced I had Hedwig in my stash? Very curious, to quote Mr. Ollivander.
Anyway, I decided to knit a contrasting toe/heel/cuff. There is a tiny bit of beige mixed in with the blues, grays and white of the yarn, and I want to highlight that, so I chose a soft brown for the contrast yarn. Used Judy’s magic cast on for a wedge toe.
Since the Opal yarn is self-patterning, I took the extra time to divide it into two balls, then found the same (approximate) spot in each to begin the pattern.
I generally like the randomness of socks not having the exact same pattern sequence, but this time I choose to be different!
I like how they’re looking so far. I’m feeling the need to knit a lot of socks contrasting patterned and solid yarns. If there’s enough Draco left over it may become the toe/heel/cuff of a pair of solid socks! Maybe blue or off-white… I have quite a few self-patterning or self-striping sock yarns, it will be interesting to see how many pairs I manage to knit before this kick dies down. What do you think?
There may even be a pair for the kid in the works next…