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Judith Proctor ([personal profile] watervole) wrote2017-01-05 12:16 pm

Knitting Socks

 About five years ago, I started knitting  a pair of Norwegian socks.  The pattern comes from Folk Socks by Nancy Bush and should look like this

I got about half way down one leg and then I stopped. I cannot now tell you why I stopped, because I can't remember.  Life throws you wibblies and sometimes you abandon projects when a wibbly hits.

A few months ago, I was feeling organised and I picked them up again.  In the intervening time, I'd worked out how to do two colour knitting with the technique of knitting English with one hand and Continental with the other.  It makes the knitting much faster as you don't have to keep swapping from one ball of wool to the other.  I also (thanks to Youtube) found a better way of catching in the strands of yarn (of the colour you aren't using) that float across the back of the knitting.

I did a tension square and was all ready to get going again.

Then disaster struck!

I  found a inch wide hold in the part sock I'd already knitted, and lots of breaks in some of the balls I was about to use. Moth!  How much yarn had I lost, could I salvage anything, should I abandon the project alltogether?

It took a couple of weeks research, increasing puzzlement because of the total lack of visible larvae, droppings, etc, before I noticed some short, pale hairs on the yarn and my brain finally flipped back five years and I remembered.

It wasn't moth. It was Molly's greyhound!

Probably because the balls smelled of sheep, the dog had taken to grabbing them and running off with them.  I hadn't realised at the time how much damage had been done, but greyhounds have big, sharp teeth.  (Maybe that was why I'd abandoned the socks?)

I've now rewound the worst affected balls and removed all bits less than 2 ft long - I'm sure Molly would have been pleased that I managed to work out how to use the swift and ball winder that I picked out from her collection after she died.

However, I've lost quite a bit of yarn in the process.  Whether I have enough to complete the socks is a tricky question.  I've weighed all the bits, and the stuff I've completed so far, and I still don't know....  It's an imported yarn and it's going to be very tricky to replace (although it is still produced in Norway).  The places I can find selling it are in the states and the  price for a single ball to the UK is crazy.  

I'm thus going a bit by guesswork (because I can't yet predict the weight of the part of the sock that I haven't done).  I'm aiming to reduce the length slightly, and do the back of the heel and maybe the toes in the remainder of the ball from the contrast colour at the top, but I really don't know if I'm going to make it or not....

Cross your fingers for me, and if you have any Heilo Dalegarn yarn in black or grey, just give me a wave!

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[personal profile] watersword 2017-01-05 02:55 pm (UTC)(link)
Those are lovely socks and yet I am very distracted by my love for greyhounds and their ability to linger in one's life well after they have departed it. Oh, greyhounds.
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[personal profile] ranunculus 2017-01-05 07:48 pm (UTC)(link)
They don't have to be greyhounds to locate food instantly!

Those socks look amazing. I suppose I should learn to knit so I can make Donald some socks for dancing. Tall heavy socks with a cuff for flashes are very hard to find here.
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[personal profile] feng_shui_house 2017-01-06 12:47 am (UTC)(link)
I don't know if this will help, but this page lists other yarns that might be an acceptable substitute for heilo, with details on how they match/differ.

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[personal profile] feng_shui_house 2017-01-06 02:23 pm (UTC)(link)

I hope it works out! Good luck! :^)

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[personal profile] vilakins 2017-01-06 09:23 am (UTC)(link)
I use that technique for colour-stranding work - so much faster!

I hope you can recover the socks as they're beautiful.
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[personal profile] vilakins 2017-01-06 09:17 pm (UTC)(link)
I doubt my tension was even, but it didn't show at all in the items I made. Washing will probably even the stitches out, but I find I notice imperfections others don't.

What colours did you use? Similar to the photo?
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[personal profile] vilakins 2017-01-09 08:14 pm (UTC)(link)
They will look very striking. Will you wear them while Morris dancing, or are they too culturally different?