Ta Dah! Crackle Socks

I was hoping to post this last night, but unfortunately I had a bit of an accident in the Kitchen where I managed to take a slice out of the ring finger of my right hand. Due to the number tiny blood vessels we have in our fingers, I then had to spend most of the night trying to get it stop bleeding by applying pressure to it. It stopped eventually, although it does start to bleed again when I change the dressing, but I wasn’t able to take photos or type last night. Probably a good thing to be honest, as I much prefer to take pictures of my knitting using natural light…

So guess what? The Crackle Socks are finished. They’ve been washed, blocked and are ready to be sent to their recipient…

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I was very lucky with this pair as I almost ran out of yarn (Easyknits Deeply Wicked ‘Toughie’ in Crimson Crackle) on the toe of the second sock. If I’d chosen to do a size larger – I opted for a UK 6 (EU 40) – I wouldn’t have been able to finish them. This concerns me slightly, as I own other colourways of the same yarn and I’m not sure I’d been able to use it for socks for myself  because I’m a UK 7 or 8 (EU 41). My expectation of a 100g ball of standard sock yarn, is that there’s enough yardage to make an average man-sized pair. In this case, there certainly wouldn’t have been. I also found that the yarn ‘pilled’ quite a bit whilst I was knitting up, and I had to cut off quite a few lumps of lint. But I guess this is all the price you pay when you choose to use artisan yarn. C’est la vie. 

Generally, when I’m making top-down socks with a heel flap, I do a plain stocking-stitch heel. This time – because I’ve noticed the heel of my own socks felting a little after regular wear – I’ve chosen to knit it in the traditional heel stitch. 

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The pattern I used was called a Crossover Rib and came from what is probably my most oft-used sock book: Sensational Knitted Socks by Charlene Schurch. It’s easy to memorise and makes for a nice change from regular ribbing. 

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For anyone wondering, the finger injury isn’t affecting my ability to knit (yay!). Last night, after I managed to stem the bleeding and my flatmate taped the finger up in Melolin gauze, I managed to do a few rows on the socks I started on Christmas Eve (Holiday Socks) I’m onto the second sock now, and this pair will definitely be for me. The yarn is Opal Klangwelten in Pop Music

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I’m sure I’ve already mentioned to you how cold my workplace is; London is enduring very cold spell right now and it looks like snow is on the way, so I’ll need extra knitted goods to see me through.

But for the moment?

For the moment, I’m quite cosy at home. This is how Saturday mornings should be spent….


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With Blueberry Pancakes and syrup, copious cups of tea and The West Wing (yes, AGAIN, don’t judge me).

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How are you all keeping warm this winter?