Monday, December 31, 2007

Happy Feet

John's feet are now comfy and cozy in his new socks.

New Socks and Zeke

Started on November 1 (John's birthday) and finished on December 22. Call them a belated birthday gift or an early Christmas gift.


Basic Stockinette Socks
Short-row Heels and Toes
Worked on 68 Stitches
US 1 1/2 (2.5 mm) DPNs
Mountain Colors Bearfoot
Red Tail Hawk
60% Superwash Wool, 25% Mohair, 15% Nylon

I was able to get a man-size pair of socks from one 350 yard skein. I had a little yarn left over, but not much. Stockinette stitch was a wise choice as it uses less yarn. I might have had enough for a ribbed pattern on the leg, but I'm glad I didn't risk it. I would have been sweating out those last few inches and most likely would have run short.

The only complaint I have with this particular skein of yarn is that the color bleeds a lot when washed. Even after the first wearing and second wash there was an unusual amount of dye in the water. I thought I had fixed that with a vinegar rinse the first time. Anyone know of something else I can do to set the dye? The color is so rich, I don't want it to fade away.


This pair brings my lifetime total of hand knit socks to 20. This is the third pair I've made for John.


  1. They are great - lucky John!

  2. I didn't realize Bearfoot bled so easily. Vinegar doesn't really work the way they tell us it will. The socks look great and color is rich. Nice work!

  3. Beautiful socks! I just bought the Book of Yarn and the projects are wonderful. Happy new year!

  4. I'll bet you were glad to get those off the needles. Congrats on your 20th pair!

  5. They're beautiful! In a manly way, of course. Too bad about the bleeding, I thought vinegar would help, too.

  6. I'm knitting with Bearfoot now for the first time, and I love it!

  7. Great socks!
    When the boys have gotten colored trim sewn on their karate uniforms, there's always a note attached saying to wash it for the first time either with vinegar OR salt.
    Not sure how well it really works.

  8. I know vinegar will help set the dye when dyeing yarn, but I don't know how well it works after that. If you find a solution that works, please let me know, too. I have the same problem with Interlacements Toasty Toes yarn, and I have a couple of skeins of Mountain Colors Bearfoot waiting to be knitted into socks.

  9. I love the colors and I hope you are able to find a solution to the bleeding problem.


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