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FO: Ombre slipper socks

I know that ombre has been popping up everywhere, particularly in hair (with varying degrees of success – some of them make me say WHAT?! – some of them are OK). And now it i has popped up in my knitting.

And before you think I’ve jumped on some fad bandwagon, let me tell you that this yarn was purchased about 3 years ago in a sale by my mom when she decided she was going to knit everyone slipper socks for Christmas. Well, that didn’t happen, so I’ve been using her stash as well as mine when looking for projects.

I took some gray Berroco Pure Merino Nuance from her stash about a year ago, thinking that these would make nice neutral manly slipper socks for Mr Snips. After thinking some more, I thought there may not be enough yarn to accommodate his bigger feet, which meant that I could have a new pair of slipper socks!

Since my two pairs wore through last year, I had made one replacement pair. But I knew with daily wear (and mine really get daily wear, at least when I first get out of bed), it would be no time before my lovely pink and purple ones sprouted a hole, and then I would once again be slipper sock-less.

ombre slipper socksSo here they are. Each sock took one skein. Now, I know what you’re thinking – but these don’t even look like the same color! And you would be right. But the dye lots and colors were EXACTLY the same, according to the label.  When we purchased it in the store, it was balled presenting the lighter end of the yarn, which did look the same. But when I took it out recently to ball it so the darkest was on the outside (since I wanted to make them toe-up with the darkest at the bottom), I was shocked. One ball ended in straight-up black, and one in a dark gray.

side view of ombre slipper socks

I didn’t let it bother me too much though, because I only wear them around the house. No one really sees them, and even if they did – so what? They are still super comfy and warm, and that is what I wanted them for.

I made these on a size 5 needle, using the figure 8 cast-on and then moving to magic loop and a short row heel. I kind of cobbled this pattern together using a couple of different resources – visit my Ravelry project page if you’re interested in the nitty gritty details!



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