Wednesday, 28 July 2010

Socks & new yarn

I managed to finish my very basic socks while away from home.
Pattern: Ribbed Lichen socks by Nancy Bush from Knitting Vintage socks
Yarn: Opal in some green butterfly coloring (cannot find the ball band right now)
Needles: 2.25mm

Because of this lovely green-black yarn that will hide any pattern imaginable - I chose a very basic ribbed sock pattern that is mostly mindless knitting - and still would give me something new to learn. The pattern has a Welsh heel (which is very interesting - has a seam stitch running in the middle of it and the resulting heel is very rounded) and a star-shaped toe. Both new techniques to me. You cannot see them in the photos as the yarn is what it is - but these "new" parts kept my interest going so goal achieved!
And - in the end - I need these socks . It's been a year (!) since I knitted socks for myself and all my socks have been darned at least twice ( three to four times of darning is the limit for me - after that - I throw socks away...).

Oh - and you surely didn't think that I got away with a sailing holiday without buying any yarn? No. I didn't think so :-) I just had to buy some local Finnwool yarn from Kasnäs.
The handle of this yarn is somewhere between coarse and soft. Somewhat rugged comfort. It still has some lanolin on it - which makes the yarn appealing to me - (and makes it smell like wet sheep...) Colours are natural. No dying involved whatsoever. And for me they are so beatiful yarns. Somehow touching them makes me feel connected to this land. and to past traditions. (which sounds so ridiculous and corny - I know...)
I'm planning to knit hats good for sailing (=dense & warm) for all in our family with those skeins... have few ideas in my mind - time will tell if they work in real life...

The last photo. Just snapped this for fun. It's the rope from our boat attached to a quay. (I love that pic.)

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