Helical beeeeees and a sock FO!

So last summer, I went to Stockholm with friends and had a wonderful time. And one evening, while wandering the streets of the Old Town after dinner out, we stumbled across a Yarn shop. So of course, we immediately went back the following day and ogled their lovely yarn and I came home with two skeins of Stockholm Woolery Merino in yellow and black for some bee inspired socks. Several cast on attempts happened but never with any particular success – wasn’t happy with the stripes, wasn’t happy with the colour change and so on.

Fast forward to now and I have finally started my bee themed socks with the spur of the Year of Techniques book. They are helical stripes (which I have totally fallen for as a technique) with an afterthought heel. They’re meant to be my holiday project when I go away next week but I’m on holiday now, even if I haven’t left Brighton yet. 😉

I’ve put in the first afterthought waste yarn already, so hopefully I’ve placed it right so once I’ve done the length of the foot minus the toes x2, it will all fall into place.

Of course, if I have new socks on the needles, that must mean I have finished the last pair? One would hope so and in this case it is true! My 80s-tastic rainbow swirled Riverkats are off the needles and blocked! Whoop, whoop!

I’m really pleased with these – it might be a little too warm to wear them right now but they are made with yarn I bought while in Paris on our first wedding anniversary trip last year and are off the needles just before we go on our second wedding anniversary trip. Aside from the zig/zag issue on the first sock, the second sock went much quicker and I would definitely knit them again.

We’re going to a resort on the coast of Spain this time, so probably won’t find any yarn shops this trip but at least I’ll have one pair of socks to knit while I am there with my helical bees.

I’m also taking yarn to knit a Byatt shawl – one skein of Stranded Dyework’s Oasis I’m Spook (bought at a showcase at my local yarn store last LYS day) and one skein of Truly Hooked’s Sparkle Sock in Jade (Bought at Yarndale last year). I’ll use the Stranded Dyeworks as the Main Colour and the Sparkle for the Contrast. Quite looking forward to starting it.