Life can be complicated Does this look confusing? It should. THIS is both a sock disaster and triumph of knitting engineering. It is also both a disaster of yarn stashing and a triumph. The completed sock in the centre is … Continue reading
Reblogging this because Icelandic knitting is on my 2014 list.
Originally posted on February Twelve:
If you have been following this blog a bit, you know I really like icelandic wool Léttlopi.
The characteristics of that yarn are that it’s water-repellent, light weighted and breathable. Once you’ve finished a project you should carefully rinse it in luke water and it will bring softness.
And another very important characteristic is that it exists in the most wonderful colors.
This pattern is a free design made by Védis Jonsdottir and can be downloaded here.
Nld 4,5 mm
Lace is the valentine of knitting. Soft, feminine and romantic, it enchanted me early in my knitting journey and I swooned and acquiesced to it’s allure. It’s so much more interesting than simple knits and purls, yet of course, it … Continue reading
Size: Ladies medium Materials: ~300 yards fingerling weight sock yarn, pictured here is Opal sock yarn in colour 625, Winterbild ~US size 1 circular needle, 12 inch ~set of three US size 1 double pointed needles Gauge: 32 stitches and … Continue reading
I wrote my first posts about how I learned to knit socks on straight needles. After two pairs, I really wanted to do them in the round, but was still finding knitting with 5 double points to be frustrating. I was not any more jazzed about magic loop or two circulars though, so I was pretty much resigned to not continuing doing socks.
Instructions coming up!
My first attempt at knitting socks was a dismal failure. I dutifully and hopefully cast stitches on 4 needles as directed in the “basic”book I had acquired. Then I gleefully began knitting away. The result was disappointing. Jogs where the needles … Continue reading
I became smitten with knitting about a year ago. At first I walked right on past the samples of socks in the yarn shops. I was intent on knitting dresses and sweaters. Making socks made no sense to me, why on earth would I knit on tiny needles to come up with an item one can buy manufactured for $2.99?
I carried on my merry sock snubbing way until IT happened. I stumbled upon a pair of hand knit socks in a hospital gift shop in Clarenville, Newfoundland. I put them on that evening under the influence of a glass of red… And WHAM… Smitten. You can feel every lovely stitch caressing your feet and ankles and toes. It’s pure magic!
There is a lot about socks for me wax on about, and I’m going to. Over the next few posts I intend to walk you through how I navigated the confusing waters of sock knitting and am now happily knitting my 6th pair. The yarn, the books, and most importantly, the needles. The ones above are my latest, and God forbid you say those are Christmas socks, they are watermelon.
I leave you now with a photo of the Clarenville socks that captured my heart and left me smitten, a bargain for $6.00. Incidentally, there is no way in heaven I would ever sell a pair of hand knit socks for $6.00. If you are interested in a $200.00 pair, feel free to contact me. ‘Cause, man, these take at least 15 hours a sock.
Welcome to my place to share my current infatuations. Those who know me in person know that I flit from pursuit to pursuit in the flick of an eye. I become smitten with my current interests. I won’t ever claim … Continue reading