This skein of hand dyed Lempi sock yarn from Lentävä Lapanen, the Flying Mitten, has been waiting for inspiration since March. It is a lovely yarn from a rare Finnish land race sheep Kainuu Grey, specially made for the Flying Mitten in colours designed by Taina, one of the owners.
I tried a new lace pattern, from toe to top, two at a time. I started the heel too late, and the leg, where there is lace also in the back, became too tight at certain points of the lace pattern. I wasn't so sure about this before the socks were finished.
I unravelled both socks beyond the heel and started again. Here are the soles and the beginning of the heel. The weather has been almost chilly, we had the coldest latter part of June ever. Prolonging a woolly knitting project suits the weather just fine.
Last night I finished them again, with a happy end. My pattern had a link to a great bind off for toe to top socks here.
In my new version I made the gusset longer to get more stitches around my ankle.
No more lace on the backside, just a stretchy k1 p1. The socks feel super nice and so did the yarn while I was knitting. There is some lanoline left in the yarn because it has been treated so gently throughout the whole process from fleece to needles.
Melanie has just knitted her pair with this yarn in another colour way, go and have a look if you haven't already.