… and the back.
A while back Terri mentioned on her blog that a friend of hers is going to China to work in an orphanage for a month. Terri had the idea of knitting some socks for the kids, and I put my hand up. However it turned out that what the orphanage needed was knitted soakers/pilchers for the disabled kids to keep them dry at night. I didn’t mind making soakers, so here’s mine that I sent off to Terri. Hope you get it in time, Terri!
I used my leftover yarns for these, mostly Elle Pure New Wool DK (lovely, lovely yarn I bought from Lincraft a few years ago when I just started knitting, but they don’t stock it anymore now), except for the yellow one which is Paton’s Fireside 8ply. As you can see, the front and the back are very different 🙂 This was not planned from the beginning, but rather a result of me underestimating how much yarn would be required. But as they say, it’s not a mistake, it’s a feature. (Something I adopted back in my computer programming days… 🙂 ) I started off the front side with just a ball of the blue yarn and half a ball of the yellow from stash, thinking that would be enough to make the whole thing. But no no, I ran out of the blue and yellow not long after I finished the front side. And as these are scrap yarn, I didn’t have any more of those colours and so had to improvise and pick different colours. But I actually think they look quite cute in the end, I hope the kids will like them anyway!
Pattern info: Terri sent me a pattern (from the orphanage?), but I diverged from it quite a bit. I added a casing at the waist (the 2×2 ribbing) so that I could insert an elastic band. I thought about adding elastics for the leg openings as well, but was worried about making them too tight, so I only added some twill tape ties. And I added stripes to amuse myself.