Calling all sock knitters…

 

I know a lot of people love to knit socks. It is never something I have had any desire to try before. The thought of spending time creating something beautiful that is going to sit on my feet just bemuses me! However, I am willing to be converted. What is it about sock knitting that is so great?

Why should I knit socks?

Convince me. If you had to give me one good reason what would it be?

I have many reasons why it doesn’t appeal to me, but maybe I am wrong.

  1. They are going to go on my feet/
  2. No one will see them – I want to be able to admire my knitting when I wear it
  3. They look small and fiddly to knit.
  4. I don’t like double pointed needles – they are way too faffy
  5. Once you have the elation of having finished one (YAY!) You have to start right over again and knit the next one.

I could go on, but I feel like that is enough reasons.

However, if you want to convince me I would be willing to give it a try. Who knows, I could be converted to becoming a sock knitter. If you were me which pattern would you start with for socks?

You could even send me a link to your most fabulous knitted socks to try and convince me! Find me on Ravelry here and share your makes with me!

A Serendipitous Cowl

A long time ago I bought some 4-ply yarn from Tiger, mostly because I liked the colours – a bright turquoise and a variegated yarn with blues, greens and yellows. I didn’t really have a clue what I was going to do with it and hadn’t ever used yarn of this weight before so was eager to give it ago.

A few weeks ago, once the clocks went back I really wanted to make some gloves so I found a pattern that would use my yarn but it didn’t really work out and I couldn’t quite get into it on my double pointed needles (I think me and DPN’s don’t really get along too well!)

So the yarn went back in the stash until a couple of weeks later when I started to think about what to make my mum for her birthday. There was the phone cosy but I wanted to make something a little bigger and more special.

I decided on a cowl but couldn’t really find a pattern I liked that could use my yarn so I just decided to start knitting!

I got about 5 rounds in of alternating the two yarns by row before I noticed a twist in my cast on edge…I really struggle with this in knitting in the round thing as I find it hard to see what’s going on until I’ve knit a few rounds

Cast on Silverdale Cowl

Anyway, I decided to carry on anyway – hoping it would make a cool twist kind of like a moebius strip.

Guess what? It did!

I am really pleased with how it turned out and my mum really liked it too. I didn’t get chance to get any pictures of it on her, so you are just stuck with me and a coat hanger instead!

That’s all of my secret WIPs for now so I can get back on with fun things for me! Although with Christmas just around the corner I’m sure there’ll be a few more soon!

H.

Double pointed needles

On a spur of the moment visit to a local charity shop I discovered they had received a large collection of knitting needles. They had mostly paired them up with elastic bands and priced each pair individually. Yet there was one elastic band with a bundle of double pointed needles all of different sizes grouped together. I stopped a while and sorted through to see if I could create some sets. In fact there were 4 complete sets from 3mm through to 4.5mm. What a find!

I decided to take the 2 smallest sets and leave the lovely old man in the charity shop with the other 2 to price up again. He was thrilled as what he thought was one item had now become four!

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Now all I have to do is figure out how to knit with double pointed needles.

H.