During this last week the ladies who organise the monthly challenges for Knitting for Brisbane's Needy, announced that for the November one, the challenge would be 'head ,feet and hand warmers'. Included are beanies, gloves, fingerless gloves, mittens and bed socks to help build up the stocks of those items. On the group's forum page, one of the organisers put the pattern for 'Banana bedsocks' which apparently are very popular. So I've put my name down for the challenge which will be the first weekend in November and I've decided to have a go at making some banana bedsocks :-).
Double thickness of 8ply wool
No 4 or 6mm needles
Cast on 30 stitches.
K1 P1 for 6 rows or 4 rows
Next row increase in every stitch (60) sts
Knit 38 or 40 rows
Next row k2tog all along row (30) sts
K1 P1 for 4 or 6 rows
SEW CAST ON AND CAST OFF EDGES TOGETHER AND GO
AROUND THE CORNER
MAKE A SECOND BEDSOX
AT BEGINNING AND END OF THE BEDSOX LEAVE A LENGTH OF WOOL ABOUT12/15 INCHES TO SEW THE BEDSOX UP
I wondered what these bedsocks would look like as my brain likes to know what the finished item will look like. I found 2 photos on the internet but only one would copy. I don't know if it helps or not. I've got out some balls of 8 ply from my stash and may have a little practice before next Friday night. A bit of judicious 'cheating' is allowed in that people often 'practise' knitting the items before the challenge actually begins. A blind eye is turned from this practice of practising because if more items can be knitted in the challenge the more needy people can be helped.
|A photo of banana bedsocks I found on the internet|
|Random 8ply in my stash|
I'm pretty sure that I will finish the throw of 40 colours this weekend. I have named this throw/creation, 'Touching Rainbows'. It obviously has rainbow-like colourwash throughout the length but I find mohair a very 'tactile' yarn...I love to stroke the surface and other people often come up and stroke it as well. As well as the R.O.Y.G.B.I.V. colours to represent the good times, there are a few rows of shades of grey as well as black on the ends...these represent the 'hard and or difficult or sad times' in the 40 years. I worked on this throw at the last 'Sisters of Stitch' gathering and the other ladies said to make sure they saw it before I gave it away. That is next Wednesday and after that sometime I'll arrange to meet my friend and hand over her belated gift.