Today I'm coming clean about my love of sock knitting!
I know there is a whole community out there of keen sock knitters, and I am proud to be one of them. As many have said before, and in fact as I have also said here and here, socks are a great knitting project for taking with you when space may be at a premium.
So train rides, weekend breaks, or even day trips all offer me the chance to get a
few rows done.
This is the first pair I knitted - smartly commandeered by daughter and as you can see, well used.
I started off with some Regia 4 ply yarn and followed the pattern supplied with the yarn.
More Regia yarn followed. As you can probably guess, I like this yarn. It is hard-wearing but also comes in a great range of colours and patterns such as this latest one by
Arne and Carlos.
So besides a healthy stash of sock yarn (all will soon be revealed!) I have also accumulated a few sets of DPNs (double pointed needles), small circular needles
(which I absolutely love!) and er, one or 2 books.
Well, actually 4 books in total which I feel is pretty restrained.
But I do find all the lovely sock yarns hard to resist.
Such gorgeous self-striping, self-patterning yarns.
But also for a diversion I have some charming plain yarn waited to be knitted up too!
And some gorgeous yarn from West Yorkshire Spinners that I received as a
Christmas present. This was sold as a Christmas special and the yarns are called
Holly Berry and Cherry Drop. I am aiming to get two pairs of sock from these balls,
using for each pair one ball as the main colour and using the second ball as a
contrast for the cuffs, heels, and toes.
And finally some old balls of Regia that I bought several years ago when it was
on offer - this yarn is at last on my needles and I'm trying a different pattern this
time, one with an after-thought heel as I used this method on my Osen Christmas
stocking and found it very easy to do.
(This photo really doesn't capture the true colour of the yarn at all).
And here is my sock yarn stash in all it's glory
(well at least as it was yesterday).
So quite a few "pairs of socks" worth of yarn there, but alas, there are just
so many tempting sock yarns. I posted recently about how I was desperately
resisting the urge to purchase more but as many of you guessed
correctly, I eventually caved in to temptation.
Let me introduce you to Delphinium (left) and Frost (right).
Definitely a 'blue' theme going on here don't you think?
And finally, this pair of socks have just come off my needles and need to be finished.
Clearly these have been on my needle a while as I was knitting them on this day trip to Matlock in May 2015!
Well, with all that sock yarn in the house I'd better get knitting.
And if you are on Ravelry please pop in and see me - I'm Caz3, and here is the link to see more of my projects.
Are you a sock knitter? Do you have a favourite pattern? Do you knit cuff-down or toe-up?
So many choices....
Wishing you an enjoyable half term!