Finished project(s) – all the sample shorties (ankle socks)

Hooray! The new Travelknitter colourway is out in the public domain and now you can all see that it is a doozy!

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That is one of my sample socks, right there!

Isn’t it gorgeous? The colourway is called Hogmanay and Larissa has developed it especially for this year’s Edinburgh Yarn Festival. But the really good news is that she’s adding it to her stable of regular colours, so you can all order some after EYF!

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Clashing beautifully on the rug in our lounge. It was killer light that day though and I couldn’t let it go to waste.

I can confirm that the sock yarn version is really nice to knit with – the BFL Supersock in general is an excellent yarn for socks (robust but not at all scratchy), and the Hogmanay colourway is extra fun to use because you’re waiting to see where those little flashes of bright purple shine through. It reminds me of crushed blackberries in sunshine. Love. It.

This also means that I can now share a whole pile of pictures with you of the two pairs of ankle socks I knitted at speed as samples for Travelknitter to take to Edinburgh (if you’re going to EYF, be sure to go to her stall to say hi – both to her, the yarn, and to the socks!).

As I mentioned before, I made a few tweaks to the Grellow Love pattern so that the socks were a smidge more fitted and polished:

  • Choosing a short-row toe
  • Adding k3p1 ribbing to the top of the foot
  • Changing the k2tog on the left-hand side of the heel to an ssk (I can’t work out what I was doing wrong otherwise, but before I made that change one side of my heel was coming out all zip-zaggy)
  • Doing the cuff as a k1tbl, p1 rib
  • Finishing with a sewn bind-off

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By the time I was casting on for the fourth sock I didn’t even need to consult the pattern or my notes anymore, I knew it inside out (and it was a bit of a relief to finish that last one – four socks in the same pattern in  a row is quite something, even if they’re super-quick shorties). It is a great pattern for using up leftover bits of sock yarn – especially for those flashes of colour at the toe and heel. And if you haven’t done a Fleegle heel before then you should give it a go – super easy, no stitches to pick up, and no holes to fix!

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Pattern: Grellow Love by Claire Devine
Yarn/needles: BFL Supersock by Travelknitter and 2.25mm DPNs. Red and charcoal socks knitted in Firecracker and Laneway City. Purple socks knitted in Hogmanay (new!) and Electric Junkyard.
More details: Ravelry project pages here and here

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6 Comments Add yours

  1. Thank you for such gorgeous socks! I’m looking forward to showing them off at EYF 🙂

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    1. Always a pleasure! 😀

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  2. Stefanie says:

    I love that heel! It’s so neat. The EYF purple yarn is cool too.

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    1. It’s super-satisfying to do (and really nice learning a new technique).

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  3. Ooh…a new heel for me to learn 🙂 I love the colorway on the yarn…so pretty! I cannot even imagine having to make that many socks so quickly. You’re fast!

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    1. Not working full time is definitely increasing upping my knitting speed!

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