About a year ago, I did a bit of shopping over at Blue Moon Fiber Arts and gave Sean the chance to choose his own sock yarn. I love that he didn’t look at me like I was a freak. I love that he had a look and came up with pretty much the choice I’d have made if I was not asking for his input! He chose Valkyrie from the Socks that Rock Raven Clan series.
That was no surprise. He’s got a thing for the darker colours and when he saw the name, it made sense. He’s always been fond of Norse mythology.
What I hadn’t intended to do was buy the medium weight sock yarn. I always buy the lightweight but it turned out to be a happy accident. Medium weight sock yarn knits up so much faster, especially with 3mm needles! The second of his socks took just under two weeks, knitted almost exclusively on the bus or out to lunch.
The pattern is Simple Skyp socks (not Skype, as a friend quite amusingly assumed!). They’re called Skyp because the little faux cable is made with a Slip 1, knit 1 yarn over, pass the slip stitch over manoeuvre. They were just interesting enough to keep me moving forward and just simple enough to be highly portable and so effective. The fabric is just lovely in this colourway.
When Sean was posing just now (on our new lounge which I can already tell, because of the colour, will feature in many knitting related photos!) I asked him how they felt. He said that Socks that Rock is the nicest sock yarn he’s had the pleasure to wear. That works out well because it’s the nicest sock yarn I’ve had the pleasure to knit and I love wearing it too.
It’s a good thing I’ve got a steady supply of it in the stash.
I’m pretty sure these are going to be socks I’ll make for Sean, or other men, again. They’re just great. He gets so much wear out of his knitted socks, it’s absolutely worth making sure he’s got a lot to choose from.