Tonight is the first in three days of services for the Easter Triduum, Holy Thursday. There is another service tomorrow for Good Friday, and then the Easter Vigil, at sundown on Saturday.
There are colours associated with each of these days – Black for Holy Thursday, Red for Good Friday and Yellow for Easter Vigil. Red and Black socks, I have. But this year I decided to knit myself some yellow socks to wear, with my yellow golf shirt, to the Vigil service.
I ended up making two pairs, and I haven’t yet decided which I will wear.
This first pair is knit with 100% Pure Milk and I added in a strand of 20 denier lycra throughout the entire knit. This is a soft butter yellow colour # 940, the reason I chose it. The milk yarn, by Viking of Norway comes in 50g balls which are about 165 m. It took me about 2.5 balls to knit this pair of size Large socks with the 72 cylinder on the Verdun 47.
I used a tension of 1/4 turn looser than my standard tension for this size. Partly because I was adding a strand of lycra, and partly because the milk yarn has little elasticity so is a little stiffer on the knit – like a pure cotton or a high content silk. That gave me a good gauge. The intial row of ribbing was quite a tough crank, and after that I would call it ‘stiff’.
This is a beautiful fibre. When first knit it feels on the canvas side, but after a wash or two its just like the softest cotton or merino. I knit myself a test pair of these in blue last year, without lycra. They were extremely soft, yet have been very durable. However, without the lycra they didn’t want to stay up so well and I’ve since been wearing them as house-socks or bed-socks on a really cold night.
This second pair is a much brighter yellow. It is not quite a primary sun yellow – I added a tiny bit of black to the dye pot when I dyed this, just to take the edge off the colour. This is my own lambs wool blended 70% with 30% nylon, woolen spun in a single ply.
The pattern is my adaptation for Sock Knitter of Nancy Bush‘s Welsh Country Stockings.
I actually increased the length of the leg in this pair by about an inch and a half so I can wear them in my hiking boots. I love the loft of this fingering weight yarn – like a half weight sport socks – perfect for warmer weather hiking – comfort from the loftiness, absorbancy from the wool, strength from the nylon. But without the weight of the heavier socks I wear in cold weather.
As a cantor, I’ll be in the choir loft (out of sight) on Saturday night, so I’ll likely be in sock feet. I wonder which pair I’ll end up wearing…