Hi there, how are you today? I hope you are fine and I hope you are enjoying beautiful weather as we are here in Normandy, France.
As you can guess from my title, I’ve fallen down a very deep rabbit hole called “Tube Socks”. Ever heard of that? Maybe you’ve even fallen down there yourself? Or maybe you are about to:)
So, as you may know, I love knitting socks and I just recently discovered tube socks and knit a pair for my daughter. I was a bit sceptic at first, you know, a sock without heels, how could that possibly work? But it actually does! And very well at that. So now I think that tube socks are the perfect socks when knitting for kids, especially when they are not at hand for testing because you can just make them long and that way you can be sure that they will fit and also the fact that there is no heel, you can be sure that if you make them long, they will be able to wear them much longer than traditionally shaped socks. So what’s not to love?
So I’ve just finished my first pair of tube socks and now I’m working on 2 pairs, yes at the same time:) And, I’ve already decided on how I’m going to do the 3rd pair. I’m into colors so I have 3 variations so far and the next pair will be yet another one. This is the first pair of tube socks I ever knit
This is one of the 2 pairs I’m currently working on. These will be for a boy and I began with a ball of gradient yarn which is why the colors are not the same on both socks. Now I have run out of that yarn and have found 2 different mini yarn cakes in similar colors that I’m using and I’m going to need to find a 3rd source of yarn to finish them. So these will be colorful yet serious as no flashy colors.
And the 2nd pair I’m working on and is very colorful. I wanted to make them identical and use lots of colors. These are for my niece. So what I did is I went to my basement and went through my mini-skeins of hand dyed sock yarn and I chose the yarns that I liked.
What do you think about the colors? Now as I’m getting close to the end, I think I may not actually be able to use all the colors as the sock is getting quite long so I may actually have to finish with a ribbing in the turquoise color and not use the green on the end. I’ll have to take some more measurements and have my daughter model to see if that is the way to go or if I can continue and use up all the yarn I intended to use.
Next, I wound all the yarn into a magic ball. That is something I discovered on Youtube after having read about the concept somewhere. A magic ball, I think is the invention of Kaffe Fasset, you make up a ball of yarn using a number of different coloured yarns and you tie them together in a specific manner which gives you a very sturdy knot so no risk of the thing unravelling when being worn and it allows you to make up your own ball of “self striping” yarn.
Now, I made one ball from a single color and one magic ball. The small, single color was ment to be for the toe and cuff but seeing the length of my sock now, I probably will have to leave out the last color (green) and do the ribbing in turquoise rather than ending with the same yarn I began with. But this was the idea, toe and cuff same color and the rest rainbow.
My sock an hour ago – now I have actually finished the purple and I’m half way through the pale blue yarn. Looking at my sock now reminds me of Pippi Langstromp, the Swedish character by Astrid Lindgren. You know, the funny girl with red hair and braids and she used to have colorful socks in different lengths? Voila:)
But I really like the outcome. I’m knitting these one at a time and I hope my little niece will love them.
For the next pair, I will also be doing colors but with shorter lengths, here I used 25 m for some and 50 m for other colors and in the future pair I will do 15 m for each color I think. I will redo the magic ball thing which I find ingenious unless I actually just dye up a new set of yarn specifically for my pair of socks. I’m thinking maybe I could do sets of hand dyed yarns and market especially for those wanting to do colorful tube socks. What do you think?
Oh time is running out for me tonight. Promise, promise, next time I’ll tell you all about the ingenious free program you can use to create your own fair isle patterns.
Until then, take care and enjoy your crafting.