A miracle occurred here on Friday. Something completely unheard of. I finished two knitting projects on the same day. One was my featherweight cardigan, which will follow in a later post when I get some good photos. The other was my Nutkin Socks. They’ve been difficult to photograph, being so vividly red, but I’ve tried to fix that through editing, with mixed results. This one captures how brightly red they are.
I think I’m a bit disappointed with how the darker red has pooled so much instead of blending in, but I’m told that’s pretty normal for Wollmeise sock yarn. This is the colour, Indisch Rot (or Indian Red) in the 80/20 Twin yarn – which for the uninitiated means it’s 80% wool and 20% nylon – something that improves its durability.
I think this photo captures the colour more accurately and highlights the nice lace pattern.
You know, to be honest, I’m only moderately happy with these socks. There’s not a lot of give in them, but after washing they’ve softened up a bit. The lace pattern has skewed a bit but they’re perfectly wearable and attractive in their own way so no complaints really.
I did change the pattern a lot though, as many others in the Super Special Sock Club did. A plain rib cuff instead of a fancy folded over one; a plain heel instead of the weird one the pattern called for (I don’t even remember since I knew right away I’d do a plain gusset heel) and it had a short row toe as well but pfft. I was totally happy to do a regular toe as well.
In the next stage of the Sock Club, in which we’re to knit a pair of socks every two months, I’m going to bypass socks and knit some fabulous gloves instead. Aren’t gloves just socks for our hands? Yes! Stay tuned.
I hope you’re all having a relaxing and happy Easter break. We certainly are. I made my own Hot Cross Buns, (inspired by my sister, Adele, who wrote about hers here) and although I burned many of them (glaze goes on AFTER baking, Bells, not before) some of them turned out perfectly. I enjoyed the process enough that it reminded me how very much I love making bread so that’s something I intend to do a lot more of now that I’m on leave from work.