I'm still not back in socks yet but I know I will be soon as the weather is much cooler now, so I'm pleased to have another pair of socks off the needles and at the ready.
This pattern is Petty Harbour Socks by Rayna Curtis and I really enjoyed knitting it. It's a four row repeat, so very easy to memorise, and works up into a lovely textured fabric. I've used the Playground Politics colourway from The Yarn Tart. They don't look as if they quite match in the photo above but I can assure you they do. I've often found when taking photos of socks, one of them looks bigger or smaller, or the pattern doesn't look the same on them both, I don't know why that happens.
I must say that I've absolutely loved every minute that I've spent knitting these socks as I really enjoyed the pattern but also, the yarn was wonderful to work with, beautifully soft.
The only problem I did encounter was after I'd finished knitting them, I popped them in the sink to soak for ten minutes before blocking and I couldn't believe the amount of dye which was left behind, I've never come across anything like this before. I do think they lost a bit of their vibrancy after this first wash. This small amount of yarn was left over and it does look brighter than the socks do now which is a shame, I wouldn't expect the colour to fade so quickly.
That was a little disappointing but I think the socks will be a delight to wear.
love the colour and the pattern, it is a shame that so much colour has gone. I am a sucker for bright yarn.ReplyDelete
It's a lovely coloured yarn, even though it's already faded. I really like a textured pattern so this is right up my street.Delete
The colour loss is a shame, they are a bit bright for me. Well done on another finish, I did more knitting on my socks last night.ReplyDelete
Such a lot of dye came out on that first wash otherwise the socks would be even brighter. Looking forward to seeing your socks.Delete
Great pair of socks, bit worrying about the dye, hand wash only perhaps? xcxReplyDelete
I hand wash all the socks I've knit with hand dyed yarn anyway so that won't be a problem. I've already added some of this yarn into my Scrappy Blanket without washing it though so that's more worrying.Delete
Wondering why the fade?ReplyDelete
But they are still lovely.
I still like them, it's just a shame that they've faded so quickly.Delete
They are lovely.ReplyDelete
I've had some yarns that really faded too. It doesn't make me love them any less. And of course, they are still just as warm.
The pattern makes such a thick, warm fabric, they'll keep my feet nice and toasty.Delete
Your needles must be on fire, you them up so quickly. I love the vibrant colour, such a shame about the loss of vibrancy so quickly.ReplyDelete
I think it seems as though I knit quickly but I have a few pairs of socks on the needles at once so they get finished not long after each other, giving the impression that I'm knitting quicker than I actually am.Delete
Loving this colour, it does look a nice pattern. What a shame about the dye run, hope your feet don't turn green when you wear them .... You'll be like shrek lol xxReplyDelete
Ha ha, I hope they don't either. I gave them a good rinse so I'm hoping that I don't get so much colour loss next time.Delete
The socks look great, Jo. I can't believe you're still going around in no socks. Are your feet not freeeeeezing?ReplyDelete
My feet are starting to get chilly now that the weather's turned cooler so I'm sure the socks will be out very soon.Delete
I think the colours are lovely but it is a shame about the colour loss. Fingers crossed they will not 'fade' any more.ReplyDelete
Enjoy wearing them.
All the best Jan
I'm hoping that they don't fade much more. I thought the yarn was a lovely colour but it can look washed out if it fades.Delete
Another gorgeous pair that will keep your tootsies toasty warm. Shame about the loss of colour, but nobody will ever know. Take care.ReplyDelete
It's a shame that they've faded before I've even worn them. I'll have to see if any more colour is lost when I wash them again.Delete
Will the dye run if your feet get sweaty in the socks? I had some wool, purple colour, that did the same, took ages and lots of washes for it to stop leeching colour.ReplyDelete
Lots of us gardeners are back to knitting sock it seems.
I'm hoping that the dye doesn't bleed onto my feet, I haven't worn them yet so I don't know. I gave them a good rinse through but it will be interesting to see what happens when I wash them again.Delete
gorgeous socks, I'm after a new pattern so may give these a go.ReplyDelete
I really enjoyed the pattern. It's easy to memorise but a bit more interesting that just knitting every row, and it makes a lovely fabric.Delete
Smashing! Another great pair of socks off the production line. xReplyDelete
It's nice to be filling my own sock drawer up for a change instead of everyone else's.Delete
I really like them Jo,ReplyDelete
Green is one of my favourites.
I might be wrong but I think I read
somewhere that white vinegar added to
the water can help protect against too
much colour loss from the dyes.
Perhaps you could look into it.
Take Care x
I've come to like green more and more over the last few years. I believe that white vinegar needs to be used in conjunction with heat, such as steaming, to set the colour. I think it's used when actually dyeing the yarn. I'll just have to see what happens when they're washed again.Delete
A lovely pattern & colourway too. That's too bad about the dye - I had that happen to me once with a darkish yarn, although it didn't affect the colour of the knit that much. Good thing you washed them separately and not together with other things!ReplyDelete
I always block my socks so they get a first wash on their own. I'll know now to wash them separately again to see what happens next time. It's a lovely pattern though and I loved the yarn before this happened.Delete
Nice colours. A similar colourway to what a friend used when knitting trousers for her baby boy a few years back.ReplyDelete
This yarn would totally work for a baby, it was so soft to knit with and the socks feel gorgeous.Delete
Hello Jo! I popped over for a little read and was happy to see socks up again, I love your socks. Do you ever sell them on Etsy? I would love a pair for this winter if you do sell them, and I'd much rather buy from a person than a big corporation, you know? Much love to you and I hope you have a great week! TammyReplyDelete
No, I don't sell my socks. It would be very hard to recoup the cost of the yarn, never mind the time involved. I just knit for pleasure, which I think would also diminish if I had to knit to timescales. I know what you mean about buying from a person rather than a corporation though, I love the buying experience on Etsy.Delete
What a shame about the colour fading, that really is a lovely coloured wool.xxxReplyDelete
It is. I've worn the socks since writing this post though and they're lovely and snuggly.Delete