I wouldn't usually use acrylic yarn to knit socks with but I knew that the socks I was going to make would only be used for short periods and not really looked after, certainly not handwashed, so they had to be able to be thrown in the washing machine.
I bought some King Cole Moods yarn from Yarndale and though the largest part of it is acrylic, 68%, it does contain 30% wool. It also contains 2% viscose, which is what, I think, gives it the tweedy flecks. I thought this would make some really squishy socks. The bonus is that they're able to be washed in the machine.
The pattern I had in mind was Short Socks by Sarah E. White. It's a nice, easy pattern, though I did knit a larger cuff at the top of the socks than that stated.
These socks winged their way over to Nottingham to keep Eleanor's tootsies nice and warm and were received yesterday. Eleanor won't wear slippers so I thought these would be ideal to slip on in her room whilst she's busy studying. One sock looks bigger than the other here but it's not, I think it's just how the photo has been taken.
They look a little on the big side but they actually look much better when being worn than on the blockers, and they've lovely and cosy. They don't take long to knit at all so I'll probably use this pattern again.
Eleanor was really pleased with them, put them on straight away and said they were a perfect fit. Result!