Well last night at 11:00 pm(during PBS documentary "Kind Hearted Woman" I finished my first pair of kniitted socks. And they joy I felt when I put them on for the first time. It was in heaven!. They are 75 % merino wool, and 25 % nylon. Paton. Although the pics show a bit of brown (why I do not know) they are a lightly shaded greys and blacks. with a bit of twist in the yarn.
They are not perfect. One is slightly larger than the other, I've holes in the gussets and some how got one in the heal flap that I can do minor repair. One difficulty I had was with the shoe shaping. I think i need to pay better attention to the position of the needles. For some unknown reason on BOTH pair the shaping goes the wrong way. LOL. SO the seem is down the middle of the toes. However one thing i noticed with this is that I have no rubbing on the sides of my foot like i do with regular bought socks, for diabetics this is a god send. SOOOO do I keep them as is or do I go ahead with it.
I am already planning another pair. I have this idea of filling up my sock drawer with hand mades ones. I'm so tired of simply having black brown socks all the time. I think these will also look good on my Birkenstock's. At a few yarns sales bought a nice green one with beautiful off set colors in it. Its 100 % wool though. Very fine. The others are sport weight. One with Aloe in it. Not sure if its in it per se or simply coated with it.
The other i started on were fingerling weight alpaca and nylon. I still plan on finishing those, however the #1 needles are very fragile. I broke two trying to do the gussets. I guess I held them down too hard. Instructor suggested ebony or rosewood. However, in attempting to do a sweater, I got one of my rosewood needles caught on edge of the coffee table, one pull and it snapped. So there goes that theory.