Or, “This Old Sock.”
There were these socks. I knit them up for the boy-child, who never liked them and never wore them. After he moved out (he is a grown-up, now, and living on his own, but stops by from time to time), I found them in his room and confiscated them for my use.
Well, I decided that I didn’t really like them, either, and I was annoyed by the yarn pooling on the foot of the socks. However, I couldn’t bring myself to throw out perfectly good (if ugly) socks, so I thought…. could I re-knit them?
So, here we have “Nutkin” sock, by Beth LaPensee, free on Ravelry. I’ve had this pattern for a long time – it was first published in 2007. Never made it, though. Not sure why, but I think the turned cuff at the top had something to do with it.
I started at the toe of the old sock (since it was a top-down sock) and knit the new as I unraveled the old. Worked very well, and I am very pleased with the result of the first sock.
Now that I’m working on the second sock, I wonder if there is some “off-ness” about the yarn, which caused the pooling (from a sock-yarn perspective). It took several false starts before I could align the yarn in the second sock so that it did not pool.
Yarn: I have no idea. I am fairly sure that I knit this, the first time, before I had the blog, so it’s been a while ago, and I don’t have a record. It’s good, solid sock yarn, so probably one of the common commercial brands. It was washed several times before abandoned and then reclaimed.
Note on the “new” (top of picture) sock – although the colors you see in the heel and toe are throughout the yarn, because of the shorter rows, it is only distinct in the heel and toe – almost looks like one used a different yarn for contrast.
Shout out to Beth LaPensee for a good pattern – it’s easy to follow and memorize, and looks nice. I changed her short-row heel for a German Short Row heel (check out the video by Knit Purl Hunter), which I discovered a while ago, and like because it is a lot easier than traditional short rows, and looks nicer.