Friday, 24 August 2018
Perfectly Plain Socks
Last month, I knitted myself a pair of socks, though I have only just today sewn in the ends. It hasn't been sock-wearing weather, but I got around to finishing them today so that I could take a photo.
They are perfectly plain stocking stitch. I wanted to knit again the spiral toe and German short-row heel from the On the Other Foot pattern. The spiral toe suits the shape of my foot (though I find the cast-on very tricky - I think I should try the one I used for knitting pence jugs, except that I can't remember what it was called. I'll fill it in here when it's come back to me. [I looked it up - it's Emily Ocker's circular cast on. You'll find tutorials on YouTube.]) And the heel is well-fitting and easy to do and altogether satisfying. But I also needed some straightforward knitting, suitable for doing while listening to talks, not the cable and lace pattern of my original On the Other Foot socks.
Putting the toe and heel into a plain sock was just what I needed: I knitted the first sock at the Guild convention at the beginning of July, and the second sock at the In the Loop conference later in the month. The yarn is Opal sock wool, in the colourway Geburtstagstorte (though it doesn't remind me of a birthday cake in any way). I got both socks out of one ball, with quite a bit left over. I didn't do anything to make sure that the paler stripes are in the same place on both socks - that just happened. I'm really pleased that it did - I was prepared for mismatched socks, but wouldn't have been happy about it.
They aren't very exciting, and I don't think that putting them on will fill my heart with joy. But they fit well and will be warm and comfortable, so that's OK.