Today is my 61st birthday, which I’ve been referring to as “Sweet 61” for some time now. In honour of this, and with some creative transposing of figures, I’ve borrowed my title from Neil Sedaka’s 1961 release “Happy Birthday, Sweet Sixteen”. I wish I could stop viewing song lyrics from my youth through the sensitive filters of the 21st century, because this is one that comes across as a little dodgy in places. I also wish I didn’t have to admit that even as a teenager I sort-of liked Neil Sedaka, not to mention John Denver and Peter Skellern; all of which puts paid to any claim I might make to an interesting punk past. Although you could argue that listening to music which is deeply unpopular amongst your peer group is actually the most rebellious and anarchic act possible.
On to the business of the day. This is by way of a Finished Object post to wrap up the second pair of my Six Socks for 2021, the Popeye Socks as I named them, although I’ve been thinking of them as my Birthday 2021 socks. I am ridiculously pleased with these. I love the colours in the wool, top marks again to Charley at Noodle Soup Yarns for her dye work. The wool has knitted up to a nice thickness and the socks feel good and warm on a chilly, dull morning.
I don’t have a standard length for the leg of my socks, but I knit these at the longer end of my usual spectrum and I’m happy with this aspect. The heel flaps in the fancy linen stitch give a nice focal point, although I think I’ll work the heel flap in a simple twisted rib on my next pair.
To recap, these were knit using a 100g skein of Sturdy Sock by Noodle Soup Yarns in the Vivid Firmament colour. The yarn is 75% Superwash Merino and 25% Nylon which makes it practical for socks. I used a set of 2.5mm KnitPro Zing double-point needles in an 8″ length, changing to KnitPro Carbonz in 2.25mm, also 8″ length, for the toes. I worked on 60 stitches to suit my UK size 4 1/2 shoe sizing and ended up with 37g left from the 100g skein. I used a heel flap and gusset construction for the heel and then a square toe shaping finishing with a three-needle Kitchener stitch to seam the toe together.
This project was just what I needed to get my knitting gears spinning again after a lull. My birthday plans include plenty of knitting on the two projects I’ve got on the needles, some reading, and perhaps curling up to watch a film this afternoon if something takes my fancy. Oh, and fear not – there will be cake!