As promised, today's post not only contains actual knitting content made by moi, but not one, not two but three finished items (pause for fanfares and ringing of bells).
Unsurprisingly, all three are pairs of socks as of course, there still aren't enough pairs of handmade socks in the world.
First up is a pair of mansocks in Regian Kaffe Fassett knit to my usual top down sock recipe. This is the second time I have used this yarn and am once again very impressed with it in terms of machine processed yarn at a reasonable price. I like the colour combination, placement and balance of small and large lengths of colour which take it out of the ordinary.
Secondly, here is a pair of socks which have languished for some time - Cookie A's Kai-Mei socks in Knitwitch's Blue Faced Leicester sock yarn which I bought at a bargain price at the Woolfest before last. This pattern combined quite a lot of unchallenging ribbing with an eccentric and fun to knit diagonal motif. Whilst I thoroughly recommend this yarn for being wonderfully soft I did wonder whether something a little more tightly spun like Wollmeise or Yarn Yard Clan might be a better choice for this pattern as the motifs expose quite a lot of single strands in the detailing and might look better if they were a little more robust.
I couldn't help but get my sock lasts out again as they show off the matching motifs very well and make them look terribly elegant. Finally, it was no hardship at all to finish Wendy Johnson's Riding on the Metro Socks in the Yarn Yard's latest addition now known as Clan. This yarn isn't available for another two weeks and I can't wait to get my hands on some more. Whilst the colour isn't one that I would normally choose, it is very good for showing off the intricate lozenge pattern on the socks. This yarn is very tightly spun so any pattern stitches stand out in great relief. I would advise against anything too highly patterned or full of twists, especially in the foot area as they might become uncomfortable. Come to think of it - might have been better to use the Knitwitches for this project and the Clan for the Kai-Meis!