Wednesday, January 27, 2010

A Leyburn Approximation

i forgot to mention that one of the things i learned last year was how to darn socks. i learned this technique because Spicy has worn through several pairs of handknit socks. I was about the wag the finger and scold him for being so hard on his socks, but then it occurred to me that he doesn't have 3 weeks worth of pairs to wear like i do. So one of my goals for 2010 is to knit him one pair of socks a month--a totally achievable goal and it should go a long way towards eliminating the need to perform sock surgery all the time.
Leyburn
Pattern: Leyburn from Mintyfresh
Yarn: the sanguine gryphon bugga, nebraska conehead
Needles: #1 knitpicks options
Started: December 23, Finished: January 18
Leyburn
awhile back, i asked for pattern and yarn suggestions, and then i never talked about it again. whoops. i went with the leyburns because they seemed the most boring unfancy.

i modified them because bugga is a bit thicker than most sock yarns and the pattern as written would have been too baggy. i made the back of the leg 2x2 ribbing to make it nice and snug. i like the socks but it took me awhile to finish them because i got a little tired of it after sock #1.

i've discovered that i don't love bugga for socks. the aforementioned teensy bit of extra thickness means that the yarn won't match up well with a lot of patterns. the yarn seems dense and it doesn't have as much give as skinny bugga. i can also foresee these becoming super fuzzy in a short period of time. i actually think bugga is a better match for lace, as the yarn has beautiful drape, and of course, it's very soft.

but spicy loves these socks and i had a hard time getting them back from him to wash and photograph them. One down, 11 to go!

6 comments:

  1. You have all my admiration! one pair of socks per month... ouf!

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  2. That is a fantastic shade of green. And I dig the ribbing on the back instead of the pattern all the way around. It looks nice.

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  3. Of course, being green, I love them! I too like to knit some of my socks with ribbing in the back, espcially if I only knit stockinette for the rest of the socks.

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  4. That's a clever mod to the pattern because I made a pair of these and they are definitely baggy around the ankle area. If I make leyburns again (and I might, I really like the looks of them) I think I'll do that as well.

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  5. Very nice sock mod there. I appreciate your comments about Bugga vs. Skinny Bugga, and I agree completely.

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