Sunday, January 15, 2012

Notorious Sock Knitter

Most of you will be unaware that I am a Notorious Sock Knitter.  Or I was.  This is the name given to those who join the Rockin' Sock Club, run by Blue Moon Fiber Arts, which I did last year as a treat.  Quite a big treat - I see the price this year is US$310 so it's not on my radar at all.  You get 6 shipments of wool a year, predominantly multi-dyed, of beautiful merino/nylon wool, enough to make 1 par of socks but with 2 exclusive designs to choose from.  It's very professional, the wool is lovely but I haven't been very keen on the colours and colour combinations.  Anyway, I have completely failed to knit any socks for various reasons.

Reason #1 - short attention span.  I may actually complete one sock but then I've lost interest in knitting the second.
Reason #2 - aforementioned lack of excitement about the wool colours
Reason #3 - following on from #1, inability to learn how to knit 2 socks at a time.

Breakthrough!  I found this book at the local library.  I did in fact use to own the author's first book, at which I totally failed etc. I sat myself down with the latest RSC wool ( because I've paid for it and therefore need to use it) and attempted to teach myself to knit 2 socks at once from the toe up.  As usual, the casting on method totally flummoxed me.  I found it unnecessarily awkward  and difficult to follow, so I thought "Stuff this!" and used the longtail cast-on.  Which worked perfectly,  And was so easy to do.  So here are the socks so far:

The top photo is the part underneath the foot, and the second photo is the ribbed instep.  These are SO easy to knit!  Slow, unfortunately, as I'm knitting with teeny weeny 2.25mm needles.  Perhaps the cast-on area is not the most beautiful but it works and it's simple.  Perhaps I'll finally get to knit up all my sock wool now. 

Also on the needles is this very, very simple garter stitch scarf which I'm making from lovely laceweight wool given to me for Christmas.  I wanted to make something that required no thought at all, and which can be large enough to be a stole as well.  I like the colours of this wool much better.

As well, I'm knitting this scarf, which is part cashmere, as a gift.

The fur family likes to gather on my bed in the sun - here they were yesterday. 


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