At The End of the Rainbow

At the end of a rainbow, you typically find a Leprechaun and a pot o’ gold, right?  Well in my fantasy land, it’s a pirate chest full of sock yarn and finished socks!

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  • Pattern: The Yarn Harlot’s Basic Sock Recipe (free here)

  • Yarn: Noro Kureyon Sock Yarn in color 182, 250 yards

  • Needles: US size 1 32-inch Addi Turbos (holla, Magic Loop!)

  • Mods: None.  This is a choose-your-own-adventure sock recipe that urges you to knit to your own guidelines.  It’s my go-to pattern for plain socks.

I was really excited to try my hand at knitting up some Noro socks.  I love the colors, and was particularly enchanted with this colorway.  Who doesn’t love a little rainbow on a rainy spring day?  The colors were magically blended together, and it was a joy to watch them mingle and change over the course of 2 socks.

If you have heard that this yarn is scratchy, it is.  Not unbearably so, but it’s no merino to be sure.  That said, I didn’t mind knitting with it one bit.  My problem came later, after I finished the first sock and tried it on over and over again.  It stretched out and stayed that way.  There is hardly any elasticity to the yarn, and I fear that over time the socks will become malformed, better suited to an animal with stump legs than to a human with flat feet.

But I’m wearing them anyway, because they’re just so darn cheery.

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They are a little itchy, though.  A long soak in some Eucalin and a blocking softened them up slightly, and I hear that the yarn really blooms and softens after a proper washing.  We’ll see….

My other note is that the skein is fairly generous at 462 yards.  I could have easily made a pair of knee socks from this.  Instead, I think I’ll make wrist warmers with the leftovers.

Enjoy your weekend!

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9 thoughts on “At The End of the Rainbow

  1. those Noro people certainly know how to make eye catching sock yarn. They’re stunning! Good advice about the yardage. I’ll keep that in mind if I make some.

  2. Not surprised to hear they are a scratchy since that’s so typical of Noro and I like the generous yardage. But it is a bummer that they stretched out so much, I’m wondering if the yarn is best knit up in a ribbed pattern, to add the elasticity that it lacks?

  3. Those socks are GORGEOUS! I have a little bit of a fetish for brightly colored socks and those are delightful!

    XO
    B

  4. There’s a quote from Winnie the Pooh that goes ‘Nobody can be uncheered with a balloon’. Your socks made me think of it, they just look so happy!

  5. The Noro kureyon sock yarn knits well in a 2×2 rib on the leg. I cast on 60 stitches. For the ssk, be sure to slip the stitches knit wise to avoid the twist on the top stitch. It gives a smooth and matching look. I skiened the yarn and washed it before knitting the socks as suggested on the web.

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