After completing five pairs of handspun handknit socks in a row (with a brief break to make a baby sweater), what do you suppose I made next?
If you guessed more handspun handknit socks, you’d be correct.
My Old Man’s son had a birthday in February, and it had been awhile since I made him anything (he believes that I now direct all my gift-making energy towards his girlfriend, and he may be right). Around the time I was completing my second pair of socks for myself, I realized that the yarn I had on the wheel at the moment would be perfect for socks for him.
This is Hello Yarn Targhee in “Bracken and Gorse,” the November 2014 fiber club, which I spun up as 280 yards of light worsted weight 2-ply. I had initially been thinking to weave with it, but my recent handspun sock obsession shifted my thinking.
As soon as I was done with my Munhacke Campfire Socks, I cast on:
At the risk of sounding like a broken record, I have to marvel again at how quickly worsted-ish socks grow:
They grow so fast!
Of course I used David’s Toe-Up Sock Cookbook, this time with no afterthought heel or anything unusual at all, other than throwing in my beloved 3×1 garter rib for the leg. If you want to do ribbing for a sock but want it to be as fast and easy as possible, go with garter rib. Though if you are like me, you will forget that’s what you were doing and accidentally switch to regular rib for the second sock. I did this for two of my last three pairs of garter rib socks.
But this pair, I got just right.
I will admit that, once I tried them on, I really kind of wanted to keep them for my own self.
They are so soft and cozy! But since I had just made two pairs for myself already, I managed to give them away as planned.
The recipient seemed pleased!
And the fit seemed pretty spot on.
I am very, very happy with how this pair turned out.
After I was done, I still had roughly 90 yards of the yarn left. I briefly experimented with turning into more socks, striped with some Stonehedge Shepherd’s Wool:
But I wasn’t loving it, and I soon came up with another idea of something I want to save it for. More details on that another day, but – believe it or not – it’s not socks.