Friday, January 16, 2009

A beginning

Grey sock

I've begun the first sock for my 2009 Personal Sock Club. I didn't have any brown paper bags but, undeterred, I did 'eeny-meeny-miney-mo' and chose the first yarn. As (bad) luck would have it, it's the yarn I recently unravelled from my unsuccessful holiday sock knitting - Araucania Ranco Solid in a soft mushroom grey. But, honoring the spirit of serendipity, I went with the chance outcome.

After a hunt through my pattern books (somewhat distracted by the dotee's finger-pointing and running commentary on every page) I've chosen the Child's French Sock from 'Knitting Vintage Socks' (modified to fit a woman's foot). It's one of the patterns that Nancy Bush has adapted from Weldon's late nineteenth century practical handbooks - this one from Volume 13 published in 1898.

I'm much happier with this project than my previous attempt with this yarn. The Araucania Ranco is quite thick - almost a 5 ply to use the old-fashioned Australian terminology I've grown up with - and knitting it with 2.5mm needles produces a much more attractive texture than the dense fabric that was the outcome of trying 2.00mm needles.


Rose Red said...

Nice! you can't go wrong with Nancy Bush, I reckon.

Charisse said...

this is a lovely pattern Lyn - am looking forward to seeing it as it progresses. Good luck with your 2009 sock mission!

Bells said...

Great sock pattern - this is a fun club isn't it? Well, so far anyway.

LynS said...

Thanks to the cheer squad members! I think I'm going to need all your support - and I'm most grateful for it.

Probably Jane said...

A beautiful, classic pattern. Good choice for such an elegant shade of yarn.