After finishing the blanket (pictures to come!), I find myself drawn to the smaller projects: mittens, hats, and, of course, some socks. You know, something that will be finished before 5 months or a year goes by . . . but I have never knit socks for myself before. Yep, that’s right. I have finished a pair for my son, and I have the strange dangler-single sock somewhere in the stash (you know the one: made out of acrylic yarn as a tester–and yes, I can turn a heel!)
I am about to embark on a sock knitting adventure involving self-striping yarn. Regia self-striping yarn, that is. I heard about this amazing stuff from Susan B. Anderson’s blog a long time ago and had to get a bit of this nifty yarn. So, I bought two skeins and now, I am committed to figuring this out.
[Image courtesy of Hotyarns.com]
There are a few patterns to help, like this one from Schachenmeyr; but mostly, I’ll be winning it, per usual.
The whole self-striping sock yarn thing got me thinking though: HOW is this yarn created? One answer, I found is sock blanks that you dye and then unknit and reknit into a sock. Yes, you heard me: sock blanks are pre-knitted fabric that you dye and then unknit into socks. You can watch a couple of cool videos here that will explain the process better than I can with words.
Now, I am not sure if this sock blank process is used by Regia . . . but if anyone knows, I would love to hear the story! Please share in the comments if you have used sock blanks, or know more about their provenance and/or use!