I finished my Om Shanti bedsocks and, if I say so myself, very pretty they are too!
Pattern: Om Shanti Bedsocks, by Alice Wu (Ravelry link)
Yarn: Chameleon Colorworks Evolution, with Rowan 4 Ply Soft as the contrast.
Modifications: I used a contrast colour for the heels, toes and ribbing. Instead of the tubular ribbing and cast off called for in the pattern, I did a 1×1 rib followed by a picot edge cast off. I am really pleased with these modifications. I think that using a plain contrast colour sharpens up the variegated yarn. I like how the picot edge adds another element of prettiness to the socks.
There is, however, a problem with these socks, to which the fact that they are not being modelled by me is not unrelated. Yup, these socks won’t go over my heels.
From the corner of my heel to the front of my ankle measures 12 1/2″. Due to the addition of the more stretchy white yarn, this part of the sock is not the issue. No, the issue is the leg of the sock, which stretches to just 12″. You see the problem.
So, I have decided to give these socks away. If you would like them, just leave a comment below. I will pick a comment using a random number generator thingy on the 12th of March. They don’t have to be for you, maybe you’ve got someone else with small heels who might like them! The length, by the way, is 9″ from toe to heel.
They’re just too pretty to languish in my sock drawer!
Last year, I signed up for the Sock(topus) Sock Club. It’s the first sock club I’ve joined, and I have been looking forward to experimenting with new yarns and patterns. The first package came a couple of weeks ago, complete with some deliciously minty feet-pampering products.
The pattern is Om Shanti Bed Socks, and the yarn, Chameleon Colorworks Evolution, is fabulously girlie and pink. You may recall that I’m a bit anal when it comes to variegated yarns – I get bothered by the unpredictability of how the colours knit up. However, I do like variegated socks when they are contrasted with plain heels and toes, so I cast these on with white toes.
Steps forward, back, forward
All was going well at first. I decided to knit both socks at once on two circular needles to avoid second sock syndrome, but after a while I realised that one sock was significantly bigger than the other. It turns out that one skein of yarn was actually quite a bit thicker than the other. But, all is now well. Alice from S0cktopus has graciously sent me another skein of thinner yarn, so now I can start the second sock again.
I mentioned a while ago that I was following the Couch to 5k running programme. Well, on Saturday I reached a milestone that I am really proud of – I ran for twenty minutes without stopping! To put this in perspective, in December I could not run for more than one minute, and even that made me feel like my lungs would burst. Yay me!
A leap of faith
I have joined Iknit London‘s team to run a 5k Race for Life in Battersea Park in May. It feels pretty scary to commit to doing something like this, but I’m sure that by then I will be able to run at least 5k. At least, I hope so!