Yes, you read that correctly. And if you look at the yarn in its virgin state, you can see why! Great name, and I won’t lie – it slightly swayed me towards this colour blend. I was really looking for something that was variegated and that had a main body of white or black and this absolutely fit the bill. The yarn is Unicorn Farts by Knitted Wit, which I bought here in the PNW, at Mad Cow Yarns in Kenmore.
My first pair of socks were knit using worsted weight wool, which made them quite thick and house-sock like, but these were my first pair using standard sock yarn at fingering weight. Having said that, the yarn is still a little thicker than some, so my gauge ended up quite out on the suggested needle size. I was already at quite a low needle, and the instructions said you could adjust the number of stitches by 4 to go up or down sizes, so I decided to cast on 56 instead of 64. What I didn’t think about was that I’d have to redo all the maths. Ha!
The pattern is a free one, from Ravelry and is called A Nice Ribbed Sock from Glenna C. Very clear instructions and lots of examples of projects made this quite a smooth ride I have to say. I found a couple of formulae online for calculating the heel turn and so on, and it was pretty straightforward to be honest. I can’t find the page I used just now, but I’ll add the link here when I dig it up. It’s been too long!
The reason it’s been a long time is because the second sock took me months to finish, or actually, to start. My little boy managed to unravel it once, which was enough to put me off for a while. I do really want to get motoring on a knitted tee though, so I made myself pick it up again and once I got going, was through the second sock fairly quickly.
I did end up knitting the second heel backwards to the first, which happened when I unraveled a mistake and started again on the wrong row count. Ah well, no big deal. I really enjoyed knitting with this yarn and all the little surprise speckle colours. The resulting socks are soft and comfy and fit me much better than my first pair. I can see why people get addicted to this sock-knitting lark!