Wednesday, 3 December 2014

Sox Appeal?

I have just realised that I've been a sock knitter for 10 years, I'm sure there must be some award for this.  The above were my very first pair, Christmas 2004, we were on holiday in a log cabin in Scotland.  Knit on 3mm in Opal self stripping with the pattern from the ball band.  These are still going and I think I have only had to darn the once!

I have a little notebook where I do my sock calculations and measurements, it's actually a  pretty good 'timeline' for our family.  I have the feet measurements for Louis and Betsy as they have grown and I usually take socks as my holiday knitting so each pair of socks takes me back to a particular place and time.

The above were knit in Cape Cod May 2007, I knit two pairs in Collinette Jitterbug while we were away - long flight - don't touch Jitterbug with a barge pole, it felts at the sight of water.

The tiny ones now dangle across the mantle piece at Christmas.

There was a time when a small person would have to add her own notes.

I usually write down interesting things I hear while I'm knitting; Flubber - Creative man, Borax-white glue-water, Vogue-dress, Harold and the Purple Crayon.  This was what I picked up in Boston and Cape Cod 2007, obviously important at the time!

Betsy is always happy to model socks.

Elizabeth Zimmerman made me push the sock knitting boundaries with Baby Longies, 
they are possibly the cutest and most useful thing I have ever knit.

I think I have got the sock knitting sussed now, toe-up, short row toe and heel, two circs 
and by doing a different colour toe and heel you can use up every inch of sock yarn you have stashed.

 The Raggersock was swatched last night on 4mm and 3.75, 
notes have been made, calculations done and new sock needles ordered.

Success is in the prep.

Get a little knitting note book and without even noticing you will record life.

I can't rotate this, no idea why, but my 48 stitch thick Raggersocks are on the horizon for
 Christmas 2014.  

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