Saturday, July 10, 2021

Starry Night Socks

My latest pair of socks and the closest I've ever gotten in my attempts to recreate Van Gogh's Starry Night palette. I was knitting these with an idea to gift them to a friend, as I have quite enough hand knitted socks, but I love them so much that I'm keeping them for myself - I'll dye and knit her another pair :)

The pattern of the socks couldn't be simpler - just my usual recipe for toe-up vanilla socks, what makes them precious for me is the color palette - the rich variations of blues, interrupted by starry yellow.

For the construction of the socks I used again fish lips kiss heel and simple 1x1 rib, cast off with Lory's stretchy cast off.

In order to dye the skein, I wound it into a very large loop and made random knots of the yarn. Then I dyed the skein with several grades of blue, using low immersion.

After the blues had been absorbed, I hand filled the white with a solution of lemon yellow, wrapped the yarn in stretch folio and microwaved it for a total of 3 min to fix the dye.

Pattern: Starry Night Socks (personal pattern)
Yarn: Alize Superwash 50 g, hand dyed
Needle: 2.5 mm
Time to knit: 2 weeks