Friday, 24 February 2012

The socks are finished

Hi there,
Our son's wedding has delayed my posting the finished socks.
I am quite pleased with the results of the project. Machine knitting with a double 4 ply yarn to be able to knit two perfectly matching socks seems to be a way forward.
I did knit the first sock straight from the dyed piece but it knitted with a texture and I was not entirely comfortable with that in case it meant uneven knitting which affected the wear and tear of the fabric.
One the first sock was knitted I skeined the second half of the yarn and steamed it. The resulting sock fabric was much flatter, looking much as you would expect from a washed skein of yarn. The sock in the front of my picture is the one straight from the dyed length.
I washed the finished pair and there is very little obvious difference between them, so maybe the skeining was not absolutely necessary.