If you have been reading my blog for a while, you might have read about me knitting the Monkey pattern before. I knit a pair for a swap in lovely red. I knit a teensy pair for (then) Miss 3, which are now worn and loved by her little sister. I made a teensy-er pair for the little Miss, which are now really too small, yet I catch her trying to put them on still. I knit a pair for a Christmas gift. Yes, it’s a great pattern to knit. What I wanted though was a pair to *wear*.
Until, on fondling my yarn stash one day (as I do!) I realised a skein of yarn I had some *issues with* might be perfect. And before I could change my mind I wound it up and cast on. For the next 6 or 7 weeks, the socks travelled in my work bag, slowly being knit up over lunchtimes and meetings into my very own Monkey socks.
I knit two extra repeats in the leg to make them a little longer than usual, and made the heel flap an extra four rows longer for a better fit. Other than that, it was all plain sailing. I love the way it is such an easy pattern to remember. It is a tight fitting sock though, I believe that there are modifications on this pattern available somewhere for a larger size sock, which people might need if they have fatter feet than me (if that’s possible – why does having kids make your feet spread unattractively?).
The yarn… is Vintage Purls sock yarn, in a colourway called Gardenia. I didn’t love it in the skein, but it’s knit up very nicely. Darn hard to photograph well though!! Here’s my best attempt…
There are light pinks and bright pinks, greens and even purple in there – a luscious mix of colours.
So, now I’m happy. And without a pair of socks for my work bag. Must be time to cast on another pair!