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With one sock on…

I finished knitting the first blue lacy sock about a week ago.  Since I think the yarn’s a bit heavy for the pattern, I thought I might knit the pattern in the soft alpaca I  bought the other week, and not rush to finish the  second blue sock.

So, I’ve started the alpaca ones, and the yarn is gorgeous – a luscious treat to handle. The blue bluebell isn’t in the same league, but you know, it’s growing on me. It might be just as well that I’ve got two sets of needles – I can see both on the go at once!

Blue lacy Latvian socks

(Yes, yes, so my leg is not a Barbie doll! Memo to self: next time, wear something slightly more respectable than ancient track pants.)

I’m also knitting a little hand-spun jacket from a white merino-cross fleece for our group’s doll raffle.  I’m making it up as I go along, with twisted cables on the fronts. I hope I’ll have enough yarn – it’s stuff from the stash – if not, it will be a waistcoat 🙂

The doll project is taking up some of my thoughts just now, as we made the dolls last weekend, and now have to dress them. I still have a little handwoven fabric left from the last time we raffled dressed dolls (see below); there’s enough for a waistcoat.  It’s a plain weave with small checks of slightly thicker yellow on a background of fine black. I loved the fabric so much that I’ve woven a length with mauve on the black – I just have to find the time, courage, and pattern to make it up into a jacket for me!

handwoven doll clothes

5 Responses to With one sock on…

  • astrbear says:

    The blue sock is beautiful! My knitted socks don’t fit nearly as well, but get a little better each time. You mentioned starting a pair of alpaca socks — what luxury! Have you make alpaca socks before? I wonder how well they would stand up to being worn.


  • Bron says:

    Hi Astrid – thanks for visiting! No, I’ve not used alpaca before, and this particular yarn is quite soft (there’s a photo somewhere in an earlier post) so I don’t think it will wear brilliantly well. However, it’s so luscious that I’ll wear the socks just for curl-up-in-front-of the fire days, or when I want to enjoy a little soft luxury 🙂 They certainly won’t be hiking around the bush socks! But that’s okay, because I’ve got plenty of pairs of those.

  • Jeanne says:

    Nice sock! What is the pattern? I knit one sock from alpaca about a year ago, and its been sitting in the stash waiting for the second. It turned out pretty loose and I don’t think it is good for anything but a bed sock….I really should finish it now that its cold! Very cute dolls!

  • Céline says:

    What great pattern and what a wonderful color 🙂 Nice cocooning gear indeed!

  • Bron says:

    Jeanne, it’s the Latvian sock from Nancy Bush’s Folk Socks book. I shortened the leg a little, but only due to the fact that, above the ankle, my leg is not quite as sli as the pattern is designed for!

    And yes, the colour is lovely – that’s why I couldn’t resist buying the yarn 🙂