With some yarn I had purchased at De Afstap in Amsterdam, I decided to make some Mockery socks. I haven’t created my own pattern for socks yet and since such awesome sock yarn isn’t quite accessible to me right now (at least I haven’t found it), I thought, why waste it on a potentially disastrous pattern?
the very first stage of the socks…
Even before I came to Italy, I knew I loved sock yarn. My first experience had been with Lorna’s Laces Shepherd sock yarn and I immediately became a fan. However, coming here and not being able to ask for, much less find, sock yarn I almost forgot about how much I loved working with it. More on my international yarn experiences to come in a later post.
I used some Regia Design Line sock yarn in “Mirage Print Fire.” Moreover, I decided to attempt to double knit this pair. I had some experience with double knitting with the Raccoon Hat but not with socks…I’m sure there’s a huge difference.
Some double knitting tips learned thus far:
1. Note the blue piece of scrap yarn tied around one of the strands. This is blue for a good reason: Blue = Back. Yup, this way when I realize blue is in front, something is really wrong there. However, it is super easy to slide the yarn down as I need to use it…let me tell you, possibly the smartest idea I’ve had thus far in my life.
2. Minimize the potential for crossing by keeping one strand on the left index finger and the other on the right. I believe this is combining Continental and English style but there is a good chance my jargon is completely wrong: I was never formally trained as a knitter, I just kind of explore and pretend that I do know.
Well, those are really all the tips I have thus far. I’m about 15% finished (but with BOTH socks!!) right now, so I really do have a long way to go. In fact, the best (hardest) part is yet to come: the heel! Stay tuned…