Wednesday, January 20, 2010

The Rest of the Story -- Sock One and Sock Two

This past summer, The Farmer spun some of the wool from our Polypay sheep into a 3-ply yarn. And won a prize. Full yarn here.

Now, here's the rest of the story. He took the yarn, and knit some socks with it. Near the end of the second sock, at the toe, he ran out of yarn. He finished the second sock's toe with plain cobalt blue, leftover handspun from the same batch (it was navajo plied, for you spinning techies). But the two socks didn't match. Sock One was variegated from head to toe. Sock Two was variegated from head to almost-toe. And then it was solid blue. He thought, "this will not do."

So The Farmer took both socks off the machine and undid the scrap yarn from between them. He then rehung the toe of Sock One back on the machine--one loop on its designated needle at a time. (Yes, he is a patient man.)

He then frogged it (un-knit, for you non-knitters) back a ways, and redid the toe of Sock One in sold blue. So that they'd match.

These socks were entered into a sock-knitting contest (a very small affair) at the Michigan Sheep Breeders Symposium and won The Shepherd's Sock award. The Farmer then donated the socks to the youth auction, where they brought a tidy sum to be put towards college scholarships for young people.

And now you know the rest of the story.


  1. Beautiful yarn in beautiful socks! Congrats to the farmer on his patience, awards and generosity!

  2. How wonderful!! You did awesome Mr. Farmer!!

  3. Fantastic!! Farmers are wonderful, inventive folk! ;)


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