My sock knitting odyssey continues! This time with a pair of knee highs, again knitted for my cold-footed sister. I finished off Sock 1 this morning – I love it!
I don’t have a pattern to follow so I’m kind of making it up as I go along, with a little bit of guidance from this post. So far so good! And here’s a gratuitous photo of me posing in the knee sock and one of my Sunday socks – it is Sunday after all, and I’m still so darn proud of those socks I want to show them off.
My strategy to beat the Second Sock Syndrome is to cast on asap and get going with Sock 2 before my eye is caught by another shiny new project…
This has been a quiet week for me, full of planning and plotting. I am not one of those people who get into a bit of a tailspin – or ‘get into a tizzy’ as my grandma would say – at the thought of how few days there are left in the year vs. number of goals or resolutions achieved (erm…. i’ll get back to you on that) but it certainly makes me think a little more than usual about staying organised. And prioritising important things like my knitting.
With that in mind, I have weeded out my Ravelry queue so it actually reflects what I plan to do. I use Ravelry a lot for patterns and topics, but to be honest I am not the best at keeping my queue and projects updated, but it is a little more aligned with reality now! And speaking of projects, I whipped up a pair of these lovely slippers for my sister whose feet tend to get very cold in winter…
They may not be the prettiest slippers in the world but they are seriously cosy and comfy. I think I shall knit my mum a pair for Christmas.
Just in time for Sunday (well, the evening anyway)…
There was a time when I was obsessed with knitting socks. I think it was relatively early on in my rediscovery of the joy of knitting, when I didn’t have much spare cash to spend on yarn for larger items and I was convinced I was Ready to Grow as A Knitter. I fondly remember my first pair of socks, sadly since thrown away due to a felting incident. I had bought a basic sock knitting kit from my LYS as a holiday project. The yarn was Opal Trekking, in a fun self striping colourway that reminded me very strongly of Refreshers (pastel coloured sweets).
It felt extremely odd handling teeny tiny sock dpns after mainly having worked with straight needles, mostly 4mm with a dk weight yarn. In fact, I remember thinking at the time that it was a little like knitting with toothpicks. Anyhow, after realising that I was doing it wrong and actually knitting the sock inside out (don’t ask), I persevered and ended up with my very first pair of hand knitted socks! It was so good, walking around wearing socks that I had made myself. Goodbye Marks and Spencer multipack of boring cotton socks, I had stripey, proper, woolly socks that were unique to me! And an obsession was born.
I have lost count of the pairs of socks I have made since then, mostly vanilla socks in a never-ending stream of self striping yarns, but sometimes a more challenging design, working my way through Cookie A’s Sock Innovation or the countless excellent designs I find all over Ravelry. And then one day I just stopped. Don’t know why, don’t know when, but I suddenly realised that my sock:other project ratio had seriously diminished. So I hunted down a new sock yarn – 6ply/double knit weight, that’s new for me!! – and cast on. I’m halfway through the second sock and I think it’s safe to say I’m hooked again. Is there such a thing as becoming re-obsessed? I think there is, and I’m so there.
So this is a bit of a cheating FO Friday as I finished the shawl a few weeks ago, except for sewing in ends and blocking. Here is the final product! I love it. Excuse the slightly awkward posing photo…
It seems like November really is the month for challenges – NaNoWriMo, NaBloPoMo, NaSweKniMo, Wovember, Movember…. why November? I’m assuming it all stems from NaNoWriMo but it’s amusing to me how these challenges all cluster together. I also wonder whether it has something to do with the fact that it’s almost the end of the year and it’s an opportunity to achieve a measurable goal before going into Christmas craziness and a whole new year of resolutions.
Today is a gloomy, damp, drizzly grey kind of day. A perfect November day. I think I shall spend most of it finishing up a new design that I have been working on for another very simple pair of armwarmers, drinking coffee and relaxing. And maybe go and splash in some puddles because apparently that never gets old, even though I do
… or so I am told. Which is a huge relief as I have bought some more fibre to try spinning after enjoying my last attempt. Look at these beauties – this is a sampler set of British breeds fibre, purchased from Hilltopcloud. They include North Ronaldsay, Shetland, Bluefaced Leicester and Masham.
Can’t wait to try these out.