|Herdwick wool (left), unknown wool (right)|
I found some pure wool skeins, which I've had for a while, in the loft. I don't know if this is a particular breed of wool as I bought this from a charity shop - what a lucky find: I rarely find pure wool in charity shops. I'd not used it as, like the Herdwick, it seemed a little itchy for a woolly jumper or cardigan, but at any rate, it's a suitable manly colour and seemed to have the qualities I described in #Swatchalong: Herdwick swatch.
The pattern is from Classic:15 timeless designs to knit and keep forever by Erica Knight, called 'Slouch Socks'. They are knitted as one flat piece and seamed together. As I've only previously knitted socks in the round, I thought I might end up with an ugly, ungainly seam rather than an invisible seam, but by using grafting, it turned out fine.