I’ve finished my first sock made from the Bluefaced Leicester yarn I dyed myself! There were a couple ladies at work who wanted a pair of socks so I decided to make them some socks with the yarn I had dyed myself. Since I haven’t asked if they would mind being mentioned by name on the blog, I am going to call them Patty and Jennie.
Patty wanted a pair of socks for her daughter, something purple and feminine. I decided to try out the deep purple and gold for her. I was unsure about how the gold would turn out. I didn’t want it to turn into a yucky yellow-looking colour. As it turns out, I had nothing to worry about. The BFL has a slight sheen to the yarn and that coupled with the great shade of gold, makes it really nice.
I’ve finished one sock so far, I was worried I wasn’t going to get any of it done in time for the post this week, but as the fates would have it, I had a lot of knitting time on Friday and Saturday night!
Jennie wanted a pair of socks for herself. I really like that she wears quite a bit of colour throughout the week, so I know she isn’t scared at all. This was the skein of yarn I was having trouble capturing on film. It’s blue and purple, but in photos it kept looking plain blue. A beautiful blue, but not the true reflection of what it looked like in real life.
Jennie’s skein is done half in blue and half in purple. This should create a striped effect going up the sock. I think I am going to use the after thought heel and see if it helps keep the pattern of the sock. A short row heel may work too, I am going to have to think about what I want to try and what would work best for these socks.
On another note, my blue socks went through the wash for the first time and they were completely fine! I know they’re super wash and the dye is wash-fast; no colour should have been lost, and it wasn’t. I only BECAME nervous when everyone kept asking me ‘they colour won’t wash out, right?’ I constantly assured everyone it wouldn’t because I was very careful in the way I dyed everything. Then I started to think, what if something had gone horribly wrong? What if I completely messed up and Patty and Jennie washed their socks and they came out completely white?! Of course this would never happen, but sometimes my mind takes a small vacation to Paranoiaville. I checked out my socks on Monday morning after they were machine washed and they looked EXACTLY the same as when I had first knit them! Needless to say, I feel much better.
I’ll be able to give you a better update next week of the socks and everything else I am knitting up. As for tomorrow, watch for memory post #2!