Friday, 15 April 2011

Is it really Friday already?

Well, I'm back with another FO Friday, again, better late than never! This time, I bit the bullet and actually washed my Dad's socks myself rather than waiting for him to do it!

There's an interesting story to these. When I was a young and new knitter (so not very long ago) I asked my Dad what he would like for Christmas in about June (so I had time to finish it) and he said a knitted camouflage hat. So I went on the Internet and the only camouflage wool I could find was Regia Galaxy sock wool which is a 4ply wool. Well for some reason, I thought 4ply and DK were the same thing, and ordered 3 balls of it, just to be sure I had enough. When it arrived it looked pretty thin, but i got out my 4mm DPNs and got started. And I came out with a very pretty lace hat... Which would be no good at all for my Dad.

So I frogged it and did a bit more research. The ball band said to use 2.5mm DPNs, so I bought some and started again, and came out with a hat that was the right size and thickness for a small doll...

Than I discovered Ravelry, and realised this wool was NEVER going to make a good hat for my Dad. So I gave up. I bought some rather more expensive DK sock wool for his hat (still didn't learn my lesson though, and ordered twice what I needed, which is why he ended up with gloves too), and decided I would be best to just use the free pattern that came with the wool to make some socks. And then, after I finished the first one, I realised I had bought enough wool to make 3, but definitely not 4 socks. After a bit of thought, I realised that I would never use the remaining ball for anything else, so I gave up and shelled out MORE money to buy a fourth. And that is how I ended up make 4 unplanned socks. Which I am very, very proud of!

My first socks. It's a proud moment, even if they were his Christmas present (and birthday in January, I didn't get all 4 finished in time along with the hat and gloves.)
Again head over to Tami's Amis, to see what other people have been making!

7 comments:

  1. Awesome story and awesome socks! I'm sure your dad loves them!

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  2. Cute socks! They look very nice, not at all like they were your first ones!

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  3. Wonderful story and really nice socks. They don't look like first socks at all.

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  4. Those socks are really awesome, they look really amazing for first socks..I'm jealous. Your story was really cute.

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  5. aww bless you! Well at least your dad got lots of presents out of it!! The socks are well cool too! I love the way the yarn stripes!!

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  6. They're great socks. Funny story, too. So...did your dad ever end up with a hat? :)

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  7. Yes, he did and matching gloves =)

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