Finally Finally Finally. The socks that wouldn’t get done are… DONE!
Pattern: Moody (Blues) Hose. I was inspired to design these socks after the kilt hose we see Professor Moody wearing for one little second during the Yule Ball in the 4th Harry Potter movie. And I like the Moody Blues.
I was interested in the construction of Moody’s hose because the calf shaping is not like any I had seen before. The decreases occur at 4 points, one each side of the clocks running down the side of the legs.
Whether or not this is actually how the original socks were knitted is moot, I liked this method of shaping. Spreading the decreases around the leg may not be very anatomically correct, but it has a nice effect.
Started: (ahem) August 2007 Finished: February 21, 2008 Finally!!!
Needles and Gauge: US sz. 1 / 2.5 mm double point needles. Gauge: varied… The first sock was knitted at about 8.5 sts/in the second at 8 sts/in. The more I knit the looser I get, but I think that’s pretty typical for most knitters.
This was more fiber Peggy sent me. There were small samples of Gotland and Border Leicester of similar colors so I spun up both and plyed them together. This is the first stuff not overspun, I might even call it a bit underspun, but it would make a lovely drapey fluffy lace if it were a softer wool and there were more of it.
And Spinning a Sweater’s Worth?
I bought a full pound of this natural dark brown carded Corriedale sliver. Lots of vegetable matter, but O so soft. I’m doing a woolen spun, Navajo 3 ply yarn. The first bobbin yielded 50 gms/170 yards. Sportweight.
So far I’ve only spun up one bobbin, and already knitted it up, so I really need to sit back down at the wheel! I love how light and sproingy the woolen 3 ply is. It’s heavenly to knit with, if you like that sort of thing.
The sweater will be Helloyarn’s Cycling Aran. This was the first sweater I ever lusted after as a brand-new knitter. After an unsuccessful first attempt last winter due to a poor yarn choice, I’m trying again. Adrian’s blog is also one of the first I started reading that involved spinning, so it seems appropriate that this is my first handspun sweater.
Plans for a February Baby Shawl were scrapped in favor of getting started on birthday knitting, our family has 2 in March so I need to get going!