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House Martell Socks

While I was waiting to cast on my Good Beer Week project I started a pair of socks for Leon - the House Martell socks, the second last in the Game of Thrones sock series I'm knitting my way through.

I really like the way they came out, but the knitting of them was actually quite annoying! The pattern was simple enough, but for some reason I could only do some of the cabling without a cable needle, and it was just fiddly. The yarn is Shibui, so a nice yarn, which I got when Suzanne was doing a big destash, but it bled all over my hands.
Ans weirdly made my pink shellac nails go purple. As an aside, those nails also lifted really quickly. This week I've switched to SNS and I'm really liking it.
The finished pattern looks quite nice, but if I had known it was going to stripe I might have overdyed it.

 When it was time to do the toe of the first sock I asked Leon to try it on and he could barely get it over his heel. He took it off and put it back on again and the second time it …
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The sock report - April 2019

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