There a a few things that stand out for helping me deal with the past year, one of those things has now become a bit of a passion. I’m now a sock knitting addict.
I’ve knitted one pair of socks in the past, on 4 needles but I wanted to try one of the small circular sock needles. It seemed strange at first but well worth persevering with. I love it, you can pick up and put down whenever you want, it’s on of those things you could easily do if you were out somewhere.
I have a beginners tip, If you use self patterning yarn, wind off half the ball( I weigh it ) then lay both ends out and find the same point in both yarns and cut it. Now make your cast on loop both at the same point. Now when you knit the second sock they should match up. I discovered if you knit matching socks it’s easy to know where you are up to on the second sock without counting rows. I check the rows when I think I’m there.
The pattern came from Winwick Mum Blog the site has full clear instructions and videos on all aspects of sock knitting.
This is the first pair that I knit in December, I was pleased with the fit.
Then I knit a pair as a gift. I love the the way the heel is knit, it grips and it’s cushioned too.
I knit myself another pair, this time matching the colours.
Now I’m knitting OH a pair, I really can’t put these down as I love the way the random pattern is working out. I had to measure his foot and follow the instructions to size the sock up. I did decrease the toe on every row on the last few rows as I thought the sock would be too long, it fits perfectly.
Updated to say they are now finished and he loves them.
More sock yarn has arrived but there’s no rush to knit it up yet, I’ve a crochet blanket to finish..
So what to do with all the oddments of wool?
I have just discovered scrappy socks 🙂