No, you’re not seeing double. That’s my sock. My second sock. That I made. With glorified string. By myself. My very own sock.
Er. Beth’s very own sock! SockS!
For those interested in such things: the yarn I used was Jacob yarn from Shaggy Bear Farms here in Oregon. For the last few years their booth at Black Sheep Gathering has caught my eye, and caught up in my “by golly I’m gonna knit socks!!” fervor this summer, I finally, finally purchased some of their yarn. Jacob yarn, because, dude. Jacob sheep.
Based on the sheep breeds that I’ve had the opportunity to be around and whose fiber I’ve been able to knit, if Beth and I had land and could support a spinners flock? I’d want Shetland sheep, hands down, but I want Jacob sheep for their fleece, and they are my second choice in any case. Those faces. Those horns! *dies*
So, I purchased two hanks of yarn; one in their Jade colorway, one in their Triple Berry Pie colorway. The socks above are, despite how the phone camera depicts the color, are knit in the triple berry pie colorway.
The pattern I used was Easy Cuff-Down Worsted Weight Socks which I found on Ravelry for free. The pattern is pretty simple, which is exactly what I needed: a length of ribbing, a length of stockinette, some heel shaping with some less than terrifying but still unnerving picking up of stitches, and then more stockinette. I altered the length of these because I didn’t have a ton of extra yarn, and because I started them in the summer. I thought: ankle socks.
The pattern is upfront in that the heels are narrow, so I can’t exactly complain that the actual heel only covers three quarters the width of my heel — I’m a bigger gal, sideways if not up, and I know I have wide feet. Wool is, thankfully, stretchy and forgiving, and really, I could keep these socks, wear them, and have no problem with the decrease ridge being under my heel rather than framing my ankle. But, Beth has narrower feet than I do, and it was nothing to just make the foot longer and decide that they would be hers, and that the second pair could be mine.
I’m still unsure if I’m going to try to find a different pattern, or if I’m going to try to compensate for my wider heel. I like this pattern — it knits up quick, it makes some comfy basic socks, and most importantly right now, it’s familiar. Knitting what I know, knitting around the same block a time or two, bolsters my courage . . . and you know, there are still cables to try at some point. Courage could come in handy.
Next up? Another pair of socks! If my brother ever gets around to giving me his measurements, I can start his, but if not, Beth can always use some more. I suspect store-bought socks will be tapering out of my wardrobe right quick.
What’s on your needles?