|Amy's watermelon striped socks. Image copyright Amy H.|
Adult socks don't generally take an entire ball of yarn (unless your feet are as large as my husband's, in which case a ball of yarn doesn't make a whole pair of socks), and most people who knit socks have a bag of oddments somewhere in their house. I've seen lots of projects that use sock yarn leftovers: mitred square blankets, linen stitch wraps, beekeepers quilts. But Amy went for sending the leftovers of the watermelon yarn back to me, so that I could make some super-cute watermelon striped socks for my daughter.
I cast the socks on enthusiastically while on a train journey, and rapidly reached the heel, then got distracted by other things. Last week in honour of Socktober I finally got back to them and finished the first one off in an hour or so - baby socks are quick! I made the leg a bit longer than I usually would so the 'seeds' didn't fall in the ribbing, but that should make the socks last a little bit longer. Annoyingly my first cast off round ate slightly into the next pink stripe, so I had to unravel the cast off and pull back a row before casting off again. But once done it looked lovely with its matching ball of yarn.
The second sock was much quicker, as I was determined not to abandon these socks this time, and I finished them on Saturday evening. I did have to do the heel a couple of times, and even in the final version it's still a row higher than the first one, but c'est le vie. Now my daughter has a lovely pair of stripy socks, and I'm very much looking forward to showing them off!
These watermelon socks are the first pair of several I hope to get finished during Socktober, and if there's time I'm going to try and knit a pair of Caoua Coffee's Leonore or Athos socks so I can join in with the Sock Knitters Anonymous group on Ravelry's challenge for October*, but we shall have to wait and see whether I actually get that far! Does anyone else have any Socktober plans?
*You have to be logged into Ravelry for this link to work. Joining is free and it is an excellent knitting and crocheting resource.