Archive - Mar 12, 2007 - Blog entry

My own socks

After knitting socks for mom all through the fall, I finally set out to knit a pair for myself. These large socks are from 'Folk Socks' by Nancy Bush.

These are the Welsh Country Socks, made with Brown Sheep 3-ply sport, as called for in the pattern. I used US size 2 bamboo needles to get the gauge, and to my surprise the socks felt remarkably soft, despite being knit so tightly (I would normally knit sport weight yarns on US size 3, at about 6.5 st per inch)

My next step is to try color stranded yarns, maybe the Norwegian Stockings from the same book?

My latest socks

These great socks were knit with Opal Rainforest, 75% superwash wool and 25% nylon. This was my first attempt with Opal, but it won't be the last! It's a soft yarn and feels good when knitted. I knited this yarn slightly tigher than they recommend; I like to knit fingering yarns at 8 st per inch; they recommend 7 st. Even so, the sock was soft and comfortable on the foot. This is a woman's size sock, but the 100g ball should easily make a pair of man size with no problem.