Fruit Gum Socks

September 3, 2007

Fruit Gum Socks

I called these Fruit Gum Socks because the yarn reminded me of Rowntree’s Fruit Gums! It’s Regia Bamboo 4 ply, colour “Afrika”, 45% bamboo, 40% wool, 15% nylon.

The yarn has an almost translucent look to it, and is definitely in fruit gum colours – yellow, orange, green, red and purple.

I expected it to be scratchy (the bamboo!) but it’s really soft and silky, and very easy to knit with.

They were knitted toe up, with short rowed wrapped toes and heels. They’re absolutely plain with no patterning, and finished with 25 rows of knit 2, purl 2 rib.

I used a very stretchy cast off which is extremely easy to do. Knit the first two stitches and pass the first stitch over the second as normal. Return the second stitch to the left needle and knit it once more, then knit another stitch. Pass the first stitch over the second, then return the second stitch to the left needle and knit it again….. and so on until the end.

Fruit Gum Socks, heel

The short row wrapped heel – I’m definitely getting better at this!

UPDATE

I think I probably should have called these Ribena Socks instead of Fruit Gum Socks! Hand washed in warm water with a squirt of shampoo, they turned the water a lovely shade of deep purple. Even after several rinses, the water was still very purple. The ball band says this yarn is machine washable – well maybe it is, but I wouldn’t want to risk putting these socks into the machine with anything else.

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