FO Friday – Epic Rainbow Socks

They’re finished!

My new rainbow socks started as 3.5oz of SW Merino/Bamboo Rayon/Nylon top dyed in Loud and Proud.

I spun on and off all summer of 2011 and into the fall. I felt like I was never going to finish. I lost motivation around September when I had only gotten through half the braid

I finally got the motivation to finish when I hung out with the RI Spinning Guild at the Fiber Festival of New England. Then I chain plied the singles straight from the bobbin. OY…this was the first time I’ve ever chain plied on a wheel. I probably should have done so with a bigger single, but I like to jump straight into the deep end when it comes to fibery pursuits.

I made yarn! I need to work on spinning consistently throughout a skein. I had a bunch of bumpy, slubby bits where the singles twisted up on themselves (pics below) but it was usable AND A RAINBOW!

I immediately cast on toe-up socks, two at a time, working from the inside and outside of a center-pull ball. I knit on them through December and into January.

I spun and plied this pretty hard for durability which didn’t make the knitting very enjoyable. And I knit the socks on 1.5mm needles so I wouldn’t call them soft either. But they’ll wear pretty well and they keep my feet warm but not suffocating like some 100% wool socks do. AND RAINBOW! I think I wore them three days in a row this week. I had to wash them for so I could get a close up pic of the slubby bits.