Thursday, December 2, 2010

Socks, again!

With the economic times as they are, I am becoming more and more the "old German." The German of my mother and relatives who saved and scrimped and reused as a matter of necessity and later it became second nature. The socks are a testament to that behavior. They are the third in the series of Kissing Cousins. (For those outside of the US who are not familiar with this expression, kissing cousins are relatives who are related very distantly.) Unfortunately, we have had an attack of the dreaded wool moth in our household. Thus, a lot of small skeins of hand-dyed, hand-spun yarn have been reduced to pieces of yarn of various lengths. The yarn was too nice, and too much work had gone into it, to just throw it out. An Internet group of sock knitters using left-overs to knit socks, by making Russian joins, gave me the idea to use up this yarn, after a trip to the freezer. The socks are for my youngest daughter who loves funky, mismatching socks and deserves the fruits of her labors since she is the dyer and spinner in the family. I used 3.25 mm needles and two threads of differently dyed yarns.

The second pair of socks are knit with the new Plymouth Zino yarn. While it is labeled as sock yarn, Plymouth support patterns show mitts, hats, scarves, etc. The yarn does not have good stitch definition, and I am not sure if I would make socks out of it again. It is machine washable and dryable. The finished surface is slightly fuzzy. I have some of the skein left, and one of these days I will try knitting a sample with various patterns to make sure the yarn behaves as I think it will.

The completed pair of socks. The yarn makes it fairly easy to make two matching socks.

And here is Zappelmann (Mr. Fidgety) who is slightly perturbed at my having usurped his blanket for these photographs. He's ready to cuddle under it again.
Knit on Merrily!


  1. Nice socks! The second pair is my favorite.

  2. Cute dog :-)

    About the socks, one persons leftovers are another person's treasures - these look like treasures to me.

  3. Love those socks -- great colorways! Cute pooch!