So now that I’ve blathered on and on about knitting handspun socks, how about a finished pair?
These began as 4 ounces of BFL-Silk from Midnight Purls in the colorway Femme Fatale, which was spun into 300-something yards of sportweight n-plied yarn.
I followed my usual top-down sock method at about 8 stitches per inch on #2 needles. Couple inches of 2×2 ribbing at the cuff, then stockinette the rest of the way. About 6 inches’ worth of leg. Eye of Partridge heel flap, because I really can’t get enough of how good that looks.
I don’t think a pair of handspun socks has failed to thrill me yet.
Soon as these were off the needles, I started another pair:
Look! A toe hat!
This time I’m knitting them
in the wrong direction toe up. The yarn is handspun superwash Corriedale, via Spunky Club in the colorway Sundown. I only have 265 yards of this stuff, which is why I’m going the wrong direction toe up. That way I can knit until I’m out of yarn and the leg’ll be as long as it possibly can. (I’m guessing it won’t be more than 4 inches, but who knows?)
As I mentioned, I finally worked out Judy’s Magic Cast On, and yes, I worked it out on DPNs, which I didn’t think was possible, but the instructions in Sock Knitting Master Class made it work for me.
I really sincerely hope it wasn’t an accident and that the cast-on of the second sock in this pair doesn’t leave me in a muddled heap of nerves on the floor, alternately dropping f-bombs and throwing my sock-in-progress across the room.
I really hope that my success wasn’t due to some sort of strange alignment of the stars combined with just the right chemical mix of coffee and stamina.
For now, that first sock is just about to the heel gusset.
(I’m using David’s Toe-Up Sock Cookbook for this pair. I highly recommend it for handspun toe-up socks! Also, it’s free!)
Happy Knitting, Friends!