Well these were a request for Christmas, a pair of hand knitted socks using some of my handspun yarn for Alex. Joining in again this week with the Yarn Along hosted by Ginny at Small Things.
The wool for these socks started from here ...
Dorset Horn Ewe and lambs
such beautiful little lambs!then it was sorted here ...
washed, dried and carded ...
Following that, there were enjoyable hours spent here spinning the carded wool into singles and plying two singles together. A final wash to set the twist and a little help with winding the yarn into balls.
Imogen enjoys helping wind the yarn into balls
The knitting began, and wanting to try something different I followed a method of knitting both socks at the same time on one long circular needle. I like this method - it means the socks grow at the same rate, will definitely be the same length and avoids the Second Sock Syndrome!
Knitting 2 socks at the same time
(shoe boxes are great for holding two balls of yarn!)
They grew and grew, and then as usual I got distracted with other knitting and other crafts (oops), but got back to them ... although they weren't going to make it under the tree for Christmas.
checking the foot length
But hey, better late than never, here they are fresh off the needles today, need a quick finishing wash but already well loved house socks.
Finished socks, perfect fit
Truly local socks too - Dorset Horn (Dorset being just down the road from us in Hampshire) fleece from sheep on the farm less than 4 miles away, skirted, washed, spun, plied, washed, knitted at home and ready to wear. I have to knit myself some now as they are so cosy, and my daughter Imogen would like a pair too.
The book to share with this post is this one - 2-at-a-time Socks by Melissa Morgan-Oakes, which inspired the method of knitting the 2 socks at the same time, great instructions to help you along the way - it is quite self explanatory once you get going though so this is going to be my method of knitting socks for the future. Still also reading the Pratchett book from last week, amongst other books I dip in and out of.
Looking forward to seeing what everyone else is working on. Now what to start next as I also finished the hat/scarf with pockets for Imogen which she loves - although it's so mild at the moment there is no need for it yet, but it's time will come. I will have to take a picture of her wearing it to show the fit and the pockets better than this picture does.
Finished hat/scarf with pockets - might be needed soon!
Off to cast on some more of the handspun for Imogen's socks - she's picked out the wool she wants me to use so here we go ...