Fo: Smooshypu socks

Francie socks in Dream in Color’s Smooshy yarn. I didn’t have a name for this project until I spotted the name I had given to the stash image: smooshypu, for “Smooshy, Purple”. Well, Smooshypu sounded like a good name for a pair of socks!

Smooshy skein
Smooshy skein

I began these as ferry knitting but escalated their priority to free up needles for Cookiesocks.

The yarn is pretty wonderful stuff – soft to handle and knits up easily – but produces a pair of socks rather thicker than I feel comfortable with. Honestly a boot-weight sock, but such a shame to hide beautiful socks inside a pair of boots!

On the plus side, it makes for a very fast-knit project and the first sock was completed in just a couple of knitting sessions on top of two ferry journeys – well inside 3 days. The raised increases are fiddly and some of mine are rather poorly executed (due to the poor light in the ferries.) They certainly slowed down initial progress.

Dry on the blockers
Dry on the blockers

I knitted eight rows between the arch shaping and the toe shaping. The socks are generously-sized for my UK  no 7 feet.

Due to the all-over rib and generally springy nature of the yarn, these socks look like nothing on earth until they are blocked. Once blocked, they look like very handsome socks!

I have more Smooshy – I may make another pair of these yet, but am presently undecided.

  • Cast on Date: 5th May, 2009
  • Cast on: Long tail
  • Pattern: Francie by Rebekkah Kerner
  • Pattern Price: $6.50
  • Yarn: Dream in Color Smooshy from Socktopus
    • Quality: Machine washable 100% merino
    • Weight: 4ply
    • Length: 450 yards/411 metres
    • Amount: 4 ounces/113 grams
    • Cost:£14.50
    • Colour: Visual Purple
  • Needles: 2.5mm 2*24″ Addi Lace circulars
  • Stitches:
  • Pattern Repeats:
  • Size: As written
  • Blocked:
  • Finished Size: UK ladies 7… generous
  • Cast Off: normal
  • Cast Off Date: 20 May, 2009
  • Ravelry Project: Smooshypu

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