My, my, the weather has been crazy during this last week … Two days of continuous rain without so much as a five minute break and then one thunderstorm per day … What a summer!
In my last posting, I mentioned that I had knit two pairs of sneaker socks. Since I have made it one of my knitting goals this year to do a bit of destashing (which has gone … erm … yeah … let’s leave that for another posting, okay?), I wanted to use some of my scrap yarn.
After seeing a couple of sneaker socks turning up on ravelry, especially in the German group for sock knitting, “Sockenstrickereien” (link to group page), I decided I’d give it a try. I had several blue leftovers from the Blue Period that looked like they’d go together very well , so I weighed out three yarns and set to work.
As you can see, I have knit the socks in three different yarns – the light blue I used for the foot is the yarn I used for Little M.’s gran’s socks (ravelled here). The darkish blue on the cuff, heel flap and heel comes from the leftover ball I made Philipp’s Syncopation Socks of. For the toe, I used leftovers from Philipp’s Sidekick Socks.
To spice things up a bit, I chose Taina Anttila’s Tennarisukka pattern (link to pattern page). It’s easy and adds a bit of interest to what could have become a little bit of a drag … Stitch definition is great with the light blue yarn and the socks knit up surprisingly fast – it took me one day to knit each sock.
Ah yes, and HERE you can see where I switched needles … I don’t know why, but somehow I haven’t manged to keep my stitches even when purling in the round. Others don’t have these problems, but my stitches always are loose. This is quite unnerving and although I already purl the first stitch backwards when starting a new needle, this problem cannot be solved … Except by knitting all purl stitches on ONE needle like I did when knitting the right sock. 😉 I’m grateful for advice on that matter!
After all the trouble about my dad’s head circumfence, I decided to go on and knit myself another pair of sneaker socks. With the weather being so inconsistent at the moment, it’s very advisable to have warm feet or you’ll catch cold faster than you can say “Sneeze”.
For measurements, I used the Tennarisukka pattern again, but this time didn’t knit the pattern, but did a k2,p2 for the cuff and a k2,p1 for the foot. The heel flap on both pairs was knit in stockinette, but you can see here that I did a garter tab for the heel (also on the blue pair, but I thought you could see it better here).
After photographing them, I handed them in for the Nerdology Challenge for the NerdWar’s second round. The theme this time was “Fan Squee”, so I devote these socks to Nanny Ogg, one of the witches from Terry Pratchett’s Discworld! 😀
Okay folks, I’m back to hat-knitting (just reached 9,5 cm! Woo-hoo!)!
Have a wonderful Sunday. 😀