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Knitting Socks

 About five years ago, I started knitting  a pair of Norwegian socks.  The pattern comes from Folk Socks by Nancy Bush and should look like this

I got about half way down one leg and then I stopped. I cannot now tell you why I stopped, because I can't remember.  Life throws you wibblies and sometimes you abandon projects when a wibbly hits.

A few months ago, I was feeling organised and I picked them up again.  In the intervening time, I'd worked out how to do two colour knitting with the technique of knitting English with one hand and Continental with the other.  It makes the knitting much faster as you don't have to keep swapping from one ball of wool to the other.  I also (thanks to Youtube) found a better way of catching in the strands of yarn (of the colour you aren't using) that float across the back of the knitting.

I did a tension square and was all ready to get going again.

Then disaster struck!

I  found a inch wide hold in the part sock I'd already knitted, and lots of breaks in some of the balls I was about to use. Moth!  How much yarn had I lost, could I salvage anything, should I abandon the project alltogether?

It took a couple of weeks research, increasing puzzlement because of the total lack of visible larvae, droppings, etc, before I noticed some short, pale hairs on the yarn and my brain finally flipped back five years and I remembered.

It wasn't moth. It was Molly's greyhound!

Probably because the balls smelled of sheep, the dog had taken to grabbing them and running off with them.  I hadn't realised at the time how much damage had been done, but greyhounds have big, sharp teeth.  (Maybe that was why I'd abandoned the socks?)

I've now rewound the worst affected balls and removed all bits less than 2 ft long - I'm sure Molly would have been pleased that I managed to work out how to use the swift and ball winder that I picked out from her collection after she died.

However, I've lost quite a bit of yarn in the process.  Whether I have enough to complete the socks is a tricky question.  I've weighed all the bits, and the stuff I've completed so far, and I still don't know....  It's an imported yarn and it's going to be very tricky to replace (although it is still produced in Norway).  The places I can find selling it are in the states and the  price for a single ball to the UK is crazy.  

I'm thus going a bit by guesswork (because I can't yet predict the weight of the part of the sock that I haven't done).  I'm aiming to reduce the length slightly, and do the back of the heel and maybe the toes in the remainder of the ball from the contrast colour at the top, but I really don't know if I'm going to make it or not....

Cross your fingers for me, and if you have any Heilo Dalegarn yarn in black or grey, just give me a wave!

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Jan. 5th, 2017 01:32 pm (UTC)
Try the DW facebook groups? There seem to be a lot of knitters there and there must be some scandiwegians who could help get more wool?
Jan. 5th, 2017 04:16 pm (UTC)
I'll try that if all else fails. I think a slightly shorter leg and the fact that the pattern wool allowance is for a man's foot will hopefully make it safe.
Jan. 5th, 2017 02:57 pm (UTC)
Best of luck!

Next week, I'm making my first visit to the big shopping centre near me, the Stratford Westfield, and I'm part hoping that the Lewis's there will have some sock yarn and a pattern or two so that I can knit some bedsocks. All my home knitted socks are bedsocks as I'm useless at tension.
Jan. 5th, 2017 04:15 pm (UTC)
The trick to getting tension right is to own lots of sets of needles. If it comes out too big, use the same pattern but with thinner needles.

I eventually learnt to change my needles rather than to try and change my knitting style.
Jan. 5th, 2017 08:36 pm (UTC)
Oh. Dogs! They are all alike. Sorry for your effort! The socs are really beautiful - I hope you will be able to finish both.
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