Thursday, December 22, 2016

Spiral versus Blenders

The last pair of socks I made for my father did not fit quite as well as I would have liked – I think because the Fish Lips Kiss heel isn’t the best for him, so I decided to make him another pair, using Stephanie Purl-McPhee's basic sock template. Since he likes his socks loud, I choose 4 colours from the Left Over Sock Yarn pile, a navy for the ribbing heels and toes, and I was good to go:
 
I did the first one using the Stashbuster Spirals method, which is a way of doing one row jogless stripes. Mainly by changing yarn colours every needle when knitting on four doublepoint needles.
While I like the results, changing yarn that often was somewhat annoying and the tension at each needle change was just slightly off.
 
I knit the second using the same colours, but the Blender technique.  I really like this – no worries about jogs, although quite a lot of ends to sew in.
 
So, in Blender versus Spirals I think Blender wins. Next time I’m going to make two Blenders, but using a different stripe sequence, because for my father not matchy is always better, and it is certainly fun to knit wild, bright, crazy socks for him.
 

3 comments:

  1. I love the look of your blender sock, I'm going to have to give that a go. Like your dad, I love crazy bright (but matchy where possible) socks ;)

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    1. And Blenders can be made matchy matchy. So much fun.

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