So many socks

Socks are very much the in thing with us at the moment because winter is coming! Hand knitted socks are special, colourful and very comfortable and warm. Perfect for inside sneakers and boots but also just nice to pad around home in.

Sonya’s socks on the left are nice autumn colours and the self patterning wool is impressive. We liked the idea of the purl stitch inserts because when you roll the sock tops down it becomes stocking stitch and would create very nice boot cuffs! Karin’s  socks are ocean colours and so soothing. They are cheerful but the ocean colours are so nice to look at. Margaret is still finishing her woodland socks and then has some other very colourful socks on the go.

The weather has cooled down so it’s a pleasant activity to knit socks. Here are some easy socks to knit on shiny, happy world.


Tubular socks

Anne has finished knitting a pair of tubular socks in woodland colours. She has used dyed sock wool and the pattern form the colours is very effective. She used a pattern from our original tubular socks post for 2 ply wool . She went down to 6 stitches for the toes and that has made them incredibly neat.  One by one , Christine’s tubular socks have been inspiring us to make a pair.

Shaping sock toe

Maria's sock
Maria’s sock

As well as finding our different ways to get the ten stitch blanket up and running we are also looking at how to make neat sock toes. Decreasing until you end up knitting two stitches together across the toe is not a particularly neat finish. You can also do , as you do with beanies, knit 6 stitches , knit 2 together, knit 6…blah blah and then knit one row inbetween then 5 stitches knit two together and you can draw a thread through the unknitted stitches at the end.

Maria can probably knits socks in her sleep and she always gets neat toes. Marjorie is the same. They just go on automatic when they knit socks and all their socks look good. Some of us are not practised sock knitters so all the tips help. Maria got back to her socks this week. She has been doing other things for a break and has now finished one sock and is ready to do the other. We liked how the yarn was making its own pattern and how interesting that was. Maria can do any sort of sock heel and toe.

This video shoes you a sock toe which is very neat.


Show and Tell

show and tell

Show and Tell was a bit light on but we felt no shame. Our table has been laden with superb hand made and handspun goodies these last few weeks and we have had an awesome year! We are also back into making the bigger projects again which require a lot of spinning and then making time.

Margaret: The graph knitting book she had got at Equipment Day .

Cathy: Cake of dyed handspun wool in oranges and fawns made from one strand of Brenda Coulter’s dyed plait and a strand of dyed polwarth fleece (pinkish and dark yellow) mixed with magenta banana fibre silk.

Janette: Bay leaves which can be used for cooking or protecting stored wool.

Marina: Flat top , knitted hat in dark grey. Fluorescent green hand knitted socks.