A Week in Knitting: Christmas Explosion socks

A lot of knitters are intimidated by hand-dyed yarns.

There is that element of unpredictability.  Unless it is labelled “self-striping”, it probably isn’t… and anything could happen.

So when you cast on a 64-stitch sock and the colours seem to be forming a regular sort of a spiral, it is a mistake to expect it to continue that way.

Because let’s face it:  if the colours are overlapping by 4 stitches at each end of every row, there WILL come a point when it all just explodes in your face…

And the delusions you had about the stitch pattern looking a bit like Christmas trees on a snowy Alpine hillside are replaced by the reality that this is, in fact, an explosion on a ski-slope… in which many Santas, reindeer and elves lost their lives.


This is my first Thora sock, a Rachel Coopey pattern, knitted in Knitting Goddess 4 ply sock (80/20 merino/nylon) in the Jolly Holly colourway, a present to myself using my mother’s birthday cheque (so that doesn’t count as stash acquisition at all, does it?!)
Luckily, it is for me :)

It started spiralling again after the heel turn. The cheek of it!
I cast these on on Sunday, in the run up to a close family funeral to which I was not welcome but which FL absolutely had to attend.  We had house guests.  FL met his grandchildren for the first time and caught up with many old friends.  It has been a very sad and yet in some ways happy week.
Today we were back at the hospital, where we were told he is better than he has been in years… and that his myeloma is creeping back.
But let’s focus on the good stuff – FL is better than he has been in years, and he has met his grandchildren, and I have the loudest sock this side of New Year!
Oh – and we have each other – woo hoo!
And this week’s random outfit photo?
I call this one the “Country Christmas Camber” :)