These might be the best pair of socks yet!
Why, you ask? Not because of the yarn (although it is Socks that Rock lightweight). Not because of the colour (although I am quite taken with it – and no wonder, given it is called Ruby Slippers). Not because of the pattern (Zokni socks
– rav link), although I do love a knitted leaf pattern.
No, these are special because they were knit for me, by two of my knitting buddies, Bells
. Ms BP suggested a sock swap with a difference – we each supply our own yarn, and the other two knit one sock each from the yarn, with the person who knits the first sock choosing the pattern. That way, we all get to knit two different socks, for each other, and we get a pair of socks back! So cool!
And look how differently the same yarn and the same pattern knits between the two knitters. BP’s is the one on the left, Bells’ on the right. They look like two completely different socks!
Now that I’ve finally given Ms BP her socks, we can blog about them!
First up is Bells’ sock – for her, I chose the Nutkin
pattern (rav link). Kinda funny actually, as she thought she had to nominate the pattern as well as provide the yarn (Cherry Tree Hill Supersock, by the way), and she let us know she like the Nutkin – lucky I’d already chosen that one from her queue anyway!
A lot of people on Ravelry said the pattern was quite tight, so I substituted a standard rib cuff, eye of partridge heel and standard wedge toe for the pattern’s picot cuff, short row heel and weird short row turnover toe. Pre-blocking, it’s very twisty, but that blocked out fine and hurrah – it fits! Loved knitting this pattern.
Next is Kristie’s sock. Bells’ chose the Show-off Stranded Socks
pattern (rav link – again!). This is a great pattern for variegated yarn – Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock. The pattern has got a very unusual heel construction, but again we subbed a standard eye of partridge heel.
And again, same yarn, same pattern, same size sticks, and yet two quite different looks for this pattern! Mine are the ones on the bottom, Bells’ on the top!
All in all, a great pair of socks and a great swap idea – which might just be implemented in the next Southern Summer of Socks