Years ago I had the pleasure to visit Knit Nation in London and to attend Cookie A.’s class “Sock Innovation: Top Down Sock Design” . Well, I had created my own patterns for ages, but never written them down. Thanks to the very inspiring and instructive class I was determined to change that. During class I not only started a pair of socks but also took notes to turn them into a pattern. Hm, pretty embarassing to say that even five years later the pattern was not released - because I seem to get distracted by other things all the time...
But the socks turned out really nice and were actually finished back in 2011. DH claimed them for himself right away and I was happy for him to have them. Until a few days ago, when he showed me this...
... he has loved them to bits, in the true meaning of the word, I'd say.
Well, usually I am not bothered when a pair of socks is past its best and makes room for new socks in the drawer. But this pair? Made me a bit sentimental, thinking of all the patterns I've written and published since when I was in London. So I felt the need to 'rescue' them.
Now, I've got some boxes filled with all kinds of leftover yarn (because at one time I really had the crazy idea I would find the time to work on a blanket from sock yarn left overs, lol) and tracked down the Eden Cottage Yarns Fantasia I had used. I undid the toe, picked up the stitches and added a new toe.
And now I wonder why I even searched for the yarn... I could have used almost any blue yarn in my stash, lol. All the wear and wash obviously took its toll on the beautiful cornflower colour the yarn once had. Never mind, they got fixed and are hopefully ready for another five years of wear... maybe I even manage to finish the pattern before they fall apart completely. ;-)
Btw, there is a reason why I ususally stay away from yarns without nylon for socks, since it really makes socks more durable. But then, 5 years for socks in 100% merino aren't as bad as I had expected.