Sunday, 9 February 2014
I have been knitting socks for several years now - I can't remember how long exactly - but at least 5 or 6 years. I find it extremely therapeutic. I know the pattern well now so it doesn't cause me any trouble. For me it is the perfect knitting pattern with an excellent mix of mindless knitting (from the top to turning the heel and then again along the foot) with the slightly more challenging element of turning the heel and finishing off the toe.
I've just finished the pair above which were knitted in some lovely wool called Lorna's Laces which you can find here at Modern Knitting. I can really recommend this wool - the colours are beautiful and the feel of the wool lovely too. It's a wool nylon mix which I always use for socks and they wear really well.
I knit the socks on rotation for anyone who needs them in the family. Two pairs went to Afghanistan where apparently even though it is hot in the day it is very cold at night. I am just about to start a new pair in this colour called iris garden. What a lovely name for a colour - I can't wait.
These are some irises from my garden last year - which incidentally is my inspiration for so much of my crafty stuff.
If you fancy knitting some socks I would highly recommend giving it a try even if just to get your hands on the beautiful colours of wool available to make them. There are numerous free patterns on Ravelry. I prefer tiny needles and 4 ply wool but there are loads to choose from.