Sunday, February 15, 2015

neon lace

so i realized i have never photographed one of my favorite FOs, my neon lace socks. these started out a thrifted white merino and cashmere sweater. i unraveled the body, and was left with the sleeves.

recycled yarn


i'd heard of using sweater sleeves as sock blanks before, so i figured i'd give that a try. it turned out pretty awesome, i think. i used some of my hoard of easter egg dyes to make a super neon rainbow. one sleeve turned out to be enough for both socks. the dye didn't penetrate the knit fabric fully, which actually gave the yarn a cool sort of mottled look. so, something to be aware of if that's not what you're going for.

hand dyed rainbow yarn


i knit the socks pretty much directly from the sleeve, without winding it into a ball first.. seemed unnecessary. okay, fine, i guess i could have, but who needs an extra step between them and knitting? i did discover that the yarn is a bit delicate for socks. like a lot of store-bought sweaters, this one was made from multiple strands of loosely-plied thin yarn. it's not exactly the sturdiest construction, and certainly not machine washable (which is something i usually avoid when sock knitting).. sigh. but so rainbowy!

rainbow socks in progress


i did also have to take sections of color out here and there in the second sock, so that the color repeats would more or less match up. this did lead to more end-weaving than i like to do (what am i saying? i like to do zero.) for the pattern, i wanted something fairly simple but more interesting than just plain stockinette. i went with diagonal lace socks. just right! these really deserve a better fo portrait, but for now, enjoy some color. (:

rainbow knitting

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