Last month shopping for yarn at Have A Yarn in Mahone Bay NS, I came across this wool/cotton blend yarn. I’ve seen the yarn before and was hesitant about the feel of it and potential lack of stretchiness because of the cotton blend. However, I thought the colour combination was interesting so I decided to try a pair of socks.
Made with Pro Lana – Alicante 7 Yarn
The yarn is 45% wool, 35% cotton, 13% polyamide, 7% polyester. It’s plied in such a way that there’s quite a bit of stretch when you pull on the yarn. However, the socks, now knitted using the same number of stitches and same needles I use for wool socks, have come out with a looser fit than my regular wool socks. It will be interesting to see what happens when they’re washed. My wool socks return to their original fit when machine washed in cool water and air dried. I’m hoping the same will happen here – maybe even a bit of shrinking because of the cotton content.
Don’t think I will use the yarn again, though. I had no comparable yarns to use as contrast for cuffs, heels, toes, although this particular colour selection turned out a lively sock without contrast. I only bought the single ball of this yarn. I’ll be returning to using my usual wool (75%)/polyamide (25%) superwash yarn.
Well, these socks turned out nicely. Finished them last evening. They were fun to knit because the bright colours changed often and resulted in a pleasing pattern.
Into the stash they have gone. While I do have sweaters in peach and shades of purple, I have enough socks in those colours I don’t need another pair.
Two weeks ago I started knitting this pair of socks – had a solid blue for cuffs, heels, and toes that blended nicely. I didn’t think anything in particular about the colour combination until I was knitting in the group last Friday afternoon and someone commented they looked like Nova Scotia tartan. Since then several people have remarked on these “Nova Scotia Tartan” socks.
Similar colours for sure: the royal blue and yellow with hints of white. The tartan has both medium and dark green along with a fine red stripe. But I guess you could say the socks do have the flavour of the NS tartan.
Nova Scotia Tartan
Anyway, the socks are now finished and in the sock stash. I have lots of blue socks in my drawer so these will be passed on to a deserving recipient for a birthday or holiday gift.
Started the next pair, immediately, as usual.
This is the last of the “legs only” reconstructions. The heels and underfeet were so worn they were unsalvageable. I saved the legs and knit new feet.
Who will notice? The feet are inside shoes/sneakers anyway. And the socks are, for all intents and purposes, new. My friend will be happy to get them back in her sock drawer.
That leaves two pairs needing new heels – those are put aside for now. I’m knitting new socks with new yarn at the moment.
I’m back at regenerating socks from the pile in my “Fix” sock basket. I started with somewhere like eight pairs of socks to restore – some needed just heels, others needed full feet. I repaired (replaced heels on) three pairs a number of months ago but there were still five pairs in the basket. I started working on those where I was able to salvage legs only a couple of weeks ago. It’s still worth repairing these socks – the legs are fine and that saves me about a week’s work. The challenge is to come up with variegated yarn that kind of fits in with the original pattern. So far, I’ve done rather well.
Here’s the first pair I completed ten days ago. They were delivered back to the owner who thought they looked familiar but didn’t remember giving them to me for repairs.
Resurrected Socks 1
This is the second pair I finished last evening. It took six days to reknit the feet and the yarn I used works quite well.
Resurrected Socks 2
I’ve started on the third pair of legs – that will leave me two pairs that need just heels – they won’t take a lot of time. I’m probably not going to work on those immediately, however. I want to continue building up the stash of new socks – Christmas is coming and I’ll want to give some socks as gifts.
Finished this pair a couple of days ago. They’re for my chiropractor who did me a wonderful favour. I thought a pair of bright socks was a reasonable thank you.
I did think about keeping them for myself as I was knitting them, but after making the foot long enough for a man’s size 9-10 shoe they are definitely a gift.
I think he’s confident enough to proudly wear bright red/grey/black socks. He’ll appreciate them in the middle of winter. Right now it’s 30+ C and very humid. Wool socks are very far from anybody’s mind right now – except for me who happens to be knitting them in the evening.
Finished last evening. Completed the previous new pair on May 14 – however, between working on that pair and this pair I reconstructed two pair of worn socks. So the time frame is consistent – about two weeks (25 hours) to knit a pair of socks.
I found the colour combination satisfying to work with. I don’t think I have another ball in the yarn stash that will knit into this pattern (the previous pair was the same as this just with different colours).
Have to say, I’ve set this pair aside – they might go into my sock drawer. I have a couple of turquoise wool sweaters they’d look good with….