Sock knitting with 4 needles and two hands

Last year I thought I’d challenge myself and knit a sock. I bought a kit, cast on, just about managed to get it joined in the round without twisting and then all hell let loose.

There were needles getting in my way and stabbing me in the hand, my stitches were sliding of the other end of the double points and I couldn’t manage to get a proper join at the beginning to stop it all unravelling.

In short, I needed at least four more hands and far more patience. So I put the kit away at the back of the cupboard. As you do.

If you remember, one of my non resolutions this year was to get to grips with dpns. So last week, I dutifully picked the kit up again and settled down for another go.
5 un picks later, I have an inch of a top down sock which I’m really rather pleased with. Oh and a new pattern that makes sense, I do find that helps.
beginning of a knitted sock

Watch this space, for at some point this millennium we may even have a finished pair!

What was your first sock knit like?


Amazing Christmas Present!

Psst! Over here! Yep that’s right. It’s me. Apologies for the absence, first week back at work after the long Christmas break took a bit more getting used to than I’d anticipated.

I finally managed to catch up with my wonderful friend Kimmy the other day. We swapped Christmas gifts (and I managed to give her her VERY belated birthday present) and these are what tumbled out of the wrapping paper:

odd socks, Stripy socks

Not only are these my favourite kind of socks, stripy ones, they are also already odd. No more worrying about having to match them up, because you can’t! And have you noticed the true genius of this gift? There’s 3 socks! All different, so it means that when you take a “pair” out of the washing machine and find that once again the sock monster has gobbled one up, you have a spare. I LOVE them.

My favourite gift I gave was to my Mum.
It wasn’t the most perfect thing I’ve ever made, but I learnt a whole bunch of new knitting techniques and it was lovely to see how pleased she was with it.

Knitted bagpuss knitted bagpuss

The one thing I have learnt from this is that I really need to brush up on my sewing skills (note the wonky eyes).

What was your favourite gift to give or receive?