Friday, 22 May 2015

My first pair of knitted socks

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.



Anne  xx

13 comments:

Winwick Mum said...

They're such lovely socks, Anne, you should be very proud of them - and especially so if you've been knitting with a cat in your arms! At least he wasn't trying to help! xx

Penny said...

Sorry to hear you have not been too well. I am sure the sock knitting has been the perfect way to keep busy but rest at the same time! I am recovering from a running injury at the moment, and have found sitting down with my sock knitting very soothing in the evenings! Hope my socks turn out as well as yours! X

Kar said...

I think you did a great job Anne! Knitted socks are the best. I haven't made any in a while but I might have to when Fall comes around again. Love the yarn you used on the first pair. And the choice for the second is even better. Those are going to be super!

hugs!

Mum said...

Gosh, Stipey's a big lad, isn't he. I'm sure he's cozy and warm as well as you. Happy sock knitting, you're on a winner.
xx

Helsie said...

Sorry to hear you've been under the weather. Hope you are better soon. Don't think I have the patience to knit socks ... but then it doesn't really get cold enough to need them up here either. We are having beautiful weather, it's a lovely time of year in Brissy.

Louise said...

Sorry to hear you've been unwell lately. Those socks look great! Hope you feel good soon :)

Rachelradiostar said...

Hello! I'm here from Mum's Blog. I love those socks! It took me THREE years to knit my first pair! It's on my blog somewhere!! Love the yarn you picked - self patterning wool always blows my mind!

freefalling said...

Too clever!
I could never do that.
Love the new wool - pink and orange, one of my favourite combos.
Hope you are feeling better soon.

Annie Cholewa said...

Great socks! I do hope you're feeling better soon Anne :)

Wainwright and Wright.Co said...

What a super pair of socks! Well done! And I can see you have now been bitten by the and cast on your second pair - they are very addictive aren't they!
Caz xx

My Simple Life said...

hello anne,
lovely socks....beautiful colours. I love sock knitting.
have fun with your knitting,
regina

Kezzie said...

Hi Anne,
Thanks for your comment on my scavenger hunt, sorry you were ill and missed out on it this month! I had fun doing this month so that was good!
These socks are very good!!!! I am in awe, I lack knitting skills.x

BadPenny said...

lovely photo of you and Stripey sock making. I hope you are feeling much better now x