Thursday, 27 July 2017

Rose City Roller Socks and #Summersockkal

I am a sucker for joining things. I know I am. I love bouncing ideas of others. Maybe, just mebbe, I like to show off just a tincy wincy bit. Anyhow, I saw a couple of others were linking up their instagram sock photos with the #summersockkal group in ravelry. And why not join in? I am knitting the socks anyway and this way I have the chance of winning a prize. It is still a little too warm to sit in a closed room with a sewing machine. The winter will be long enough.


I bought this wool in Peter Jones at Sloane Square, London. I was with my daughter in law, whilst the guys were worshipping at the temple that is Chelsea Football Club. It was the vivacity of the wool that struck me. And strangely enough it is called Fluormania Color and is from the Regia range of wool. I also bought a ball for the daughter in law. She knitted hers up pretty quickly, and then used the rest to stripe with grey wool to make socks for her brother. He loved them.

My wool malingered for a while, then I remembered about it. I decided to knit the Rose City Socks by Mara Catherine Bryner. This is a free pattern on Ravelry. As my knitting is still what I think of as erratic, I am trying to use mostly free sock patterns.




This pattern gave a measurement for around the width of the foot. My feet are quite small, lengthwise, but I have a wide foot. My feet swell a lot, and I have a high arch and instep. I think this is why I find knitted socks either too big or too small. This time my feet measured with the large, so off I went. There is only a short little cuff, it is a summer sock. It didn't take long to get these off the needles.

I am pleased with these, they are bright jolly summer socks. I do have a little "but" though. By "but" is that although the girth is brilliant the toes look a little long and square even though I chose the rounded toe option. I think this because although the large fits my foot width, I still have medium sized toes. The Kitchener stitch finish looks a little ridgey too, but Lord Kitchener and I are still getting acquainted with each other. I might rip them back a little, but I probably will not.



My daughter says if I haven't worn them in 6 months, to give them to her! She knows I tend to wander around bare foot as much as possible. There is still about half a ball left, so they may reappear in some other form.


You could check me out on Ravelry too. I am helenmidgetgem there too. That's original.

Helen x

Helenx

6 comments:

  1. Your confession about why you join in with things struck a chord with me! Great looking socks although your feet sound slightly deformed ;-), they're certainly not like mine. I've never tried sock knitting before. I think getting the fit and comfort right would be the tricky part. It seems like a good plan to make the most of the outdoors!

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  2. Great wool! I love those colours; they are very summery, but it's a combination I would like at any time of year.

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  3. Hopefully my summer socks inspired you to join in Ellie's KAL #summersockskal... But wow, you are fast.. I am doing them two at a time on two needles...at the toes now so thanks for the info... Great colour choice😀 I need to get some Regia yarn it looks fab...xx

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  4. Hopefully my summer socks inspired you to join in Ellie's KAL @crafthousemagic #summersockskal... But wow, you are fast.. I am doing them two at a time on two needles...at the toes now so thanks for the info... Great colour choice😀 I need to get some Regia yarn it looks fab...xx ps Ellie has a great podcast too if folks are interested in knitting, sewing etc

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  5. Cute socks! Knitting is a complete mystery to me, especially something joined at the end like socks. I like the little rolled top on these. Is that the Kitchener stitching?

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  6. What a fun variation in color! I hope you do enjoy wearing them. They are just so fun!

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