Friday, January 16, 2009
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.