I calling these little beauties my Irish socks since I purchased the yarn in a lovely little yarn shop in Dublin called This Is Knit – which for anyone who happens to visit Ireland, is located in the Powerscourt Shopping Centre. I knew exactly what I wanted going into the shop, which is the only way I can prevent very expensive impulse purchases, I was after two skeins of yarn. One would be a worsted weight yarn earmarked for some fingerless mitts (I haven’t started these yet) and the second would be some beautiful sock weight Irish yarn.
I ended up finding the perfect yarn! It’s produced by HedgeHow Fibres which is based in County Cork in Ireland, and the colourway is called Powerscourt and was dyed exclusively for This Is Knit. It’s a beauty with colours ranging from dark navy blue all the way to light green very reminiscent of the waterfall for which the shopping centre and yarn is named.
I chose the Zora sock pattern to use with this yarn, another fab free pattern, because I wanted a pattern that incorporated cables but was also plain enough to showcase the yarn. I also compensated for the mistakes I made on sizing the last pair of socks by increasing the number of stitches (from 64 to 72) and increasing from size one to size two needles. They almost fit perfectly….the heel is a little baggy but that’s about it…maybe next time I’ll do the same for the cuff but either increase the stitches OR increase the needle size for the rest of the cuff but not both. Sizing…it’s getting better but it’s not quite there yet.
Overall though I love these socks – they are super soft and very squishy underfoot. I’ve been wearing them as lounging around the house socks which they seem perfectly suited for. I would definitely make another pair of socks with the same pattern again too.
Project 3/15: Zora Socks
New/Improved Techniques: Cabling on tiny needles without a tiny cable needle….took a while but I managed to get the hang of it. Still working on the sizing issues.
Now what on earth to do with all the leftover sock yarn I’m starting to accumulate?