Sunday, 11 February 2018

Socks - January 2018

Hello there, my socks are finished! I may not have met January with a big finish but I'm claiming a January finish anyway. These are the first ones finished this year - I know that doesn't make sense, but... This pair was started way back in the summer, I wrote about them here and here previously.


These are for M (husband), though I quite like them myself - the colour blue, green, cream and grey are pleasing and soothing. Green remains a favourite colour of mine, though I often choose reds, purples and pinks. I purchased this yarn in a wool shop, which is always a bonus, as you can 'look and feel' before you buy.


If you've been following for a while, you'll see that I unpicked one of the socks as it wasn't matching its partner at all well. So it's been a learning experience in planning ahead. On the whole, I've enjoyed knitting them. Previously I've knitted on dpps and using 2 short circular needles. The 2 needles made a lot of sense at the time, as one knits the front and the other the back part with the heel. The  pattern for this is included in Debbie Macomber's fiction book 'A Good Yarn'. Her book is part of The Blossom Street series and is based loosely around a knitting shop, highly recommended.

All things considered, I prefer the short circular needle for knitting socks. You do have to use dpps for the first 2 rows, heels and toes, but it's still quick, or can be if you stick with it of course. At some point I'd like to try knitting 2 pairs at once, I can't quite visualise the process at the moment so for now I'll carry on as I have been.


The materials and pattern I used were - 4 ply Rico Superba Harmony yarn here. The pattern, I found on Winwick Mum's blog and later purchased her book. She leads you through the pattern, fully photographed with detailed instructions in 3 methods of knitting. Magic loop, short circular needle and double pointed pins. I vaguely remember starting with 3 mm needles before changing to the 2.5 mm. Her blog contains links to information, to help you. 

Have you tried knitting 2 socks at once? What colours do you like or tend to plump for? How are your craft related new year resolutions going? 


12 comments:

  1. Your socks look great and they match perfectly, definitely worth starting again to get it right. I've never knit two socks at once, I much prefer dpns for sock knitting and I find short circular needles too fiddly. I'm just planning my next sock cast on, I'm not letting the fact that I've already got two pairs of socks on the go deter me. One of the podcasts I watch is having a Valentine's Knit Along so I'm going to join in with that.

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    1. Thanks Jo, I definitely wanted them to match. Kate at 'Foxs Lane' (blog) - seems to manage 2 x socks at once. At the moment I'm continuing with one sock at a time. All the best with your Valentine's Knit Along. Cx
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  2. Hooray! Those are fabulous socks and you should be super-proud of them! I don't tend to knit two socks at once these days as I get cross that I can't knit both in the same amount of time that I can knit one ... :) xx

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    1. Thanks Christine, yes I'm very happy with the socks. No gappy seam lines with your pattern, very pleased, Cx

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  3. Beautiful! Well done! Huge applause!

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  4. They have turned out perfectly! I have read that book too, agree it is a lovely story xx

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    1. Thank you Faith, sock knitting does seem to be very popular nowadays. When I mentioned sock knitting to my Nan, she was shocked and adamant that no way was she knitting them. I suppose it's still a luxury and hobby to us but very much a necessity years ago, Cx

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  5. Oh WOW,you should be so proud of these socks,I would be.I Love the colours too.xx

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    1. Thanks Lee, yes I am happy with them and though I always struggle to choose colours, I love the colour mix of this yarn. Cx

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  6. Love the socks! I have tried to knit two socks at once and got myself into a right muddle, so now I knit them together but on seperate needles, I'll do the rib on one and then the rib on the other then the leg of the sock on one and then the other and so on so that they are nearly finished together, that way they both get done. I've read all of the Blossom street series and loved them, I didn't try the socks though. :) x

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    1. Thanks Linda for your idea about knitting 2 socks together. I had the same thought the other day but having only 1 ball of yarn didn't want to unwind half before starting. One day I may try it. Cx

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