Finished: handspun socks

I picked up and finished the colourful handspun socks that I put on hold back in september:

They are made from one continuous thread that gradually changes colour. Knitted toe up, per pattern SokBasis* by Janneke Maat.

For the toe and the heel I knitted from the other side of the ball.

Bind off was a Sewn Bind Off like I learned from the Warm Up socks in the Sock Madness 10 that’s about to begin. It was yarn chicken all over again and I won, both times:

These socks are all about the colour. I had them parked in a matching WIPbag for the last four months. I sewed it myself and the wristband is a woven band like used in traditional Dutch costumes.

These socks have quite the stories attached to them. I put them into hibernation them when I discovered that I had knitted them both with way too much room around the ankles. It was a testament to me being overstressed and utterly unable to think:

Before that I was knitting on them just when a little white and black patch of love walked into my life:

Lovely Pip! The kitten that lived in the woods around the cabin, scared, hungry and tick ridden. Little Pip who one day mustered up all the courage his little body could contain to come up and say hello and found himself a safe home. A place to be a kitten again.

By now he’s a young adult called Zorro and he’s quite the hipster. He lives in the city and is living the life!

Us granny cats are fine just relaxing in the cabin:

The socks are made from handspun yarn which is a delight to make and to knit with.

The fibre is 70%BFL with 30% Nylon and was a custom dye job by and a birthday present from Tibbe:

She gave it to me at a time that I was still very ill with ME/Chronic Fatigue Syndrom/MSEID and she knew bright sparkly colours are so very welcome in a time like that.

I wasn’t able to spin it for a year but have looked at and enjoyed the roving all that time. Once I was able to sit up long enough to spin it the experience made true on all its raised expectations.

All that luster, it’s like spinning silk. As a fibre BFL spins so easily and this was quality BFL, not matted by the dyeing process for one bit:

I made it into a two ply. I had divided the original roving in four strips, spun them each from one colour to the last one and then plied them two by two:

I had not split the roving exactly even. One ball and thusly one sock is 55 grams, the other one is 45 grams. One sock sits a little bit higher up my calf.

Since she gave me this present Tibbe has stopped dyeing yarn for other people. She has started a business selling tea and spices and herbs online and at markets all over the province. She loves meeting people and making them happy, now with warm consumables:

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