More socks off the needles after a long period of being unfinished…
Long ago I had the opportunity to buy part of a raw Suffolk fleece that had been discarded by another spinner. I had been steadily reading my way through the Guild’s library, so I recognised this as a breed that was eminently suitable for sock spinning. At the time, I only knit socks. They were the whole reason I had learned to knit, and then to spin.
As it turned out, the Suffolk was a very short staple and none too clean fleece. Never mind. I gleefully acquired it and proceeded to use my beginning dyeing skills on it. Four pairs of socks came of it. One, pink dyed with hibiscus flowers, went to my Mum. Another was dyed in eucalyptus leaves as fleece and spun up afterward. I can’t remember who I gave that pair to. I think they might have gone to tree lovers in the Blue Mountains. I made my father a glorious pair that were purple and blue, blended rather beautifully after dyeing (and at that stage, their loveliness was an accident!)
These were made from Suffolk blended with tencel, which may have been ill advised–time and wear will tell. The colour could have been better and the blend is uneven, but a three ply handspun yarn is a work of dedication and there was enough even for a pair of large feet, so I knit these. They are going to a dear friend who lives nearby, who does indeed have large feet. Last night he spoke about a pair I made him years back that he is still wearing hiking. This pair may not last as long but I hope they will keep his toes warm at the very least!