If you follow me on Instagram, you might have seen these socks come about in just two weeks.
Do you know the feeling when a yarn starts calling your name and you can't shut it off? This handspun skein of sock yarn had been softly whispering to me for weeks. Over one weekend it got louder and louder. When I could no longer ignore it I just had to cast on a pair of socks.
I won the fiber in June 2016 in Elfenwolle's Instagram raffle. It was a very soft blend of 67% merino, 33% nylon in a beautiful blue, green, and brown colorway called 'Willow and Hazel'. The blend was just ideal for socks. The more plies the yarn has, the better it holds up as socks. Since I rarely spin three-ply, I wanted to try it with this project. And I also wanted to try fractal spinning: I split the braid into three lengths (for three plies/bobbins), then divided those vertically in 2, 4, and 8 strips, respectively.
The socks started out as plain vanilla toe-up socks on 64 sts and 2.5 mm needles. The foot is stockinette with gusset increases and a Revisited Widdershins heel. I thought of doing just a plain stockinette leg with ribbing just on top, then changed my mind to two-by-two ribbing... and then things spiraled out of control.
The front leg has one cable twist every 10 rows going from the inside edge outwards — and a mirror image on the other leg. Once I reached the other end of the front needle, I finished the leg with an inch or so of ribbing, then bound off using the Russian Bind-off.
On Ravelry: Wind in the Willows
Pattern: improvised toe-up socks on 64 sts, Revisited Widdershins heel, cables on the front leg
Yarn: handspun three-ply merino/nylon blend from Elfenwolle, approx. 254 m / 278 yd
Needles: 2.5 mm
The cat's opinion on sock photography: yawn.
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