Where has the time gone since my last post when I mentioned I was learning to knit socks? Well it's been taken up a lot by learning to knit socks, this pair in fact.
Now I'm sure if there are any experienced sock knitters out there you will see the mistakes and flaws but it really doesn't matter to me because I've learned a new skill. My socks are comfortable and warm, a tad large but that's o.k. too.
I must say that knitting these socks have been a life saver for me as I've been very much under the weather the past few weeks with a small operation and coming down with a nasty virus the next day that still wants to keep me company. I've had to rest so much and sock making has certainly made this time pass more bearably.
My thanks go to Christine Perry and her delightful blog Winwick Mum and her sockalong where she has posted in three weekly installments the sock making process. The tutorials are explained in great detail in both written instructions and photos. Christine has tutorials for knitting socks with either double pointed needles, large circular needles using the magic loop method or small circular needles either 30 or 23cm. My first pair of socks were made on dpn's, my second pair are being made on 23cm circular. My thanks too goes to all the wonderful ladies on the Winwick Mum Sockalong FB group for their encouragement and help. Christine will be leaving the tutorials on her blog so if you want to join the sockalong or even just learn to knit socks, it's not too late.
So this is the yarn I'm using for my second pair of socks. It's bright and out there, just my style and I'm really enjoying the process now I know a little bit more about sock construction. I have quite a few balls of sock yarn (the stash) to use so I dare say I'll be knitting socks for some time. :)
Stripey wanted to get in on the act in the very early stages of knitting my second sock. He just wants cuddles all the time and I'm only too happy to oblige. He makes a good hot water bottle on a cold day of which there have been many.
I can't leave without posting a photo from the garden. Dew drops on the last of the autumn salvias.