Sometimes a pair of socks flies off the needles and sometimes a pair of socks will take months. And months. My latest pair of socks took three months which seems painfully slow to me. It’s no reflection on the socks. The pattern, one I’ve made twice, is great. I just got caught up with other things and though I love the pattern, I was rather glad when they I had finished them. My relief is aided by the knowledge that they are great, great socks.
I present my second pair of Polly Jean socks.
They’re just so structural.There’s so much going on and yet it works. Cables, twisted rib, nicely balanced with some purl sections – it all just works. And despite perhaps looking complex (they looked complex to me before I’d made them), the pattern is practically impossible not to memorise. It all flows beautifully. I was able to knit these on the bus easily – a place where you don’t need to be looking constantly at a chart. That’s where these work. Interesting but not so challenging that you’re bound to your pattern.
The yarn is Blue Moon Fibre Socks that Rock – a long standing favourite of mine. The colour is True Blood, yes named after the tv show (I’ve seen one series and really liked it). It’s a great yarn when you want wearability and stitch definition.
One thing I did differently between these socks and the last pair I made was to go down several needles size. The last pair stretched almost beyond wearability before I’d even washed them. Sure they looked great on the day I finished them and raced outside to get a photo of them against a backdrop of matching flowers but don’t let that fool you. They were unwearable within days and their loose, floppy fabric got a hole in it in a few months and I never wore them again. A shame.
Is it the Socks that Rock? Is it my knitting? Is it this heavily cabled pattern? I don’t know but they stretch. This pair has done the same thing and I’ve only washed them once but the fact that I did them on 2.25mm needles has meant the stretching hasn’t been beyond anything reasonable. Yet.
All I know is they are attractive, warm and fun socks and as the weather turns from summer to autumn, I’m glad to have a smooshy new pair of socks to wear.