These socks seemed to go faster than the previous two pairs made from leftovers – mainly because I was knitting sections of the variegated pattern then switching yarn. I wasn’t having to continually swap yarn after knitting just two needles to keep the spiral going. I’m sure my sense that the knitting went faster was an illusion but it was more satisfying to knit them this way.
And I like the resulting blended pattern more than I do the “striped” version that results from combining two different yarns.
Here are the two original patterns:
Completed these socks Friday evening. Again, the two socks came out a reasonably matched pair even though I didn’t really bother to align either yarn.
Striped Socks From Leftovers
These socks look nothing like the original socks!
Courage Of The Morning Sun
Yesterday I began another pair from leftovers – this time I’m not going to interweave the yarns as I have for the previous two pairs, this time I’m planning on knitting a variable number of rows from each yarn in largish stripes to see how that will turn out. It will have the advantage of not having to change yarn every two needles as I knit in the round.
I started these socks two weeks ago. I decided to begin using yarn leftover from other socks – I have a basket full of balls large enough, when combined, to make a pair.
I selected two yarns I thought might blend reasonably well and began knitting by alternating the yarns – the effect is an overall colour progression in alternating rows.
Here’s how I do it: To start, I knit three needles using the first yarn, then go back to the first needle and knit two needles of the second yarn. After that, I continue knitting two needles of one yarn, then two needles of the second yarn – the second yarn is always one needle behind the first which means I never have to worry about crossing the yarns and I get a continuous smooth alternating spiral.
What’s interesting about this pair of socks is that while I was able to match the start point on one of the yarns, the colour changes on the other were too subtle to worry about but it turns out the yarns were in synch and both socks knit up with essentially the same pattern! That was a lucky outcome, I didn’t expect that to happen. The areas of dark and turquoise matched up pretty well.
Here are the original socks made from these two yarns.
Original Turquoise Socks
Original Gray/Magenta Socks
The yarns combined to produce something quite different yet interesting.
I’m now working on another pair amalgamating two yarns – I have enough leftover yarn to keep me going for many months!
Finished these blue socks last evening. They may end up in my sock drawer. I like the way the variegation worked out – the staggared blue line separating colour sections makes the design quite lively.
I’ve already started the next pair – this new pair from the stash of leftover yarn from other socks – there’s lots of it in the leftover basket….
Another pair of pink socks finished last evening. Took a bit longer than usual – the variegated pattern was somewhat boring and I found myself not wanting to pick up the knitting. Anyway, finally done!
I picked out a blue yarn to start this evening – have to keep the needles busy!
Finished last evening. Into the stash they go. I was pleased with how the blue solid came very close to the blue in the variegated yarn.
Can’t leave the needles empty – started a new pair, predominantly red/pink. I have two 100gm balls of variegated yarn left in my collection. Time to go through the yarn leftovers basket to see if I can find some combinations that will work. Each leftover is enough to make a pair of legs so two leftover balls will make a pair of socks, if I can find combinations of variegations that will work nicely together. That leftover yarn could keep me going for quite a while – there’s a lot of it there.
This is the latest pair of socks – finished last evening. I bought two balls of Opal sparkle yarn and have now knit both. I like the stripes in this yarn and I like the wee bit of glitter the “fifth” ply provides.
Sparkle Socks – Pink
Because of where in the variegation the toe fell, I decided to finish the toe without changing yarns. Worked out nicely.
I’ve picked out the yarn for the next pair of socks which I’ll start this evening.