More Socks

Monday, 8 April 2013








My goodness sock knitting is addictive.
These are made from two 50g balls of Regia yarn 4 ply Mosaik 05560.
It was like knitting a spring garden.
They are too big for Katie who is modelling them here but they fit my wide feet perfectly.
I'd like to knit a shawl next, something like this perhaps but before I do I think I will attend to my neglected crochet.

56 comments:

  1. Oh lovely, lovely, lovely! Adore the yarn!! I am an addicted crocheter, but these socks may turn me!!!! Well done!

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  2. They look amazing! I can't believe you have only just started knitting!! Like the colors too. I have a shawl on my list bought the wool and pattern at the knit and stitch show but have yet to start it, other stuff just keeps getting in the way.

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    1. I've been able to knit since I was a child but I have never knitted an actual thing until now.

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  3. Oh how lovely! I wish I could knit :)

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  4. Beautiful! Having knitted a fair few pairs of socks, I think I prefer wool like this that knits up into mottled effects rather than the broader stripes. These are more economical because with the broader stripe stuff, if you want matching stripes on each sock, you have to find the same point to start the second. I use all my waste bits by making random stripe pairs for wearing with boots or at home and save small bits for future darning.

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    1. Good tip about saving bits fro darning. I actually like darning so I'm quite looking forward to my socks wearing out!

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    2. Hi again Sue. I made my first lot of socks from Zigzag sock wool by King Cole 50%wool 50% nylon. They are very hardwearing and have only needed the odd tiny mend after 2 or 3 years. But more wool is much cosier. Pure wool holes much more easily! As I did my first few pairs of random socks with pure wool heels and toes in plain green, maybe a visible darn would look good; I'll have to keep an eye on them and try it!

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  5. Sue, you have inspired me to pick up my knitting again after such a long break. Amazing to complete 2 pairs so quickly - mine are still waiting to be finished after a couple of years now! I also love the shawl you are thinking of. Beautiful sea colours. x

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  6. Beautiful colours. Like a jar full of Smarties!
    They are coming thick and fast now. How long does it take to do a pair?

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    1. Depends how much time you have available. These took six days interspersed with cooking, laundry etc

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  7. Goodness, you are on a roll! They look very sock-like - that's good. And there is a lot of 'give' there - also good. Can't be doing with socks knitted to just above the ankle. Yuk.

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  8. You're becoming quite the sock expert! I love looking at the individual stitches, they're so neat and colourful.

    And thank you for answering my questions about the lemon posset. It came out a bit tart (my lemons were rather large), but still good and the texture was wonderful. Everyone liked it. I'll have to make it again sometime, with a little less lemon juice.

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  9. You are definitely on a roll. A shop that I use for my wool is this one http://www.kempswoolshop.com/home.aspx very cheap :-).

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  10. Well looks like you've got the socks nailed (bad not-pun sorry), the colours look so lovely and the socks deeply cosy - darn it, that's another must do to add to my list.

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  11. I'm impressed Sue, well done. If you like darning (as do I) you might like to see the blog of

    http://tomofholland.com/

    He calls it visible mending and I love it.










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    1. Thanks Toffeeaplles, yes I do know that blog and I'm a big fan of decorative mending.

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    2. Oops, sound a bit drunk there! I mean Toffeeapple of course.

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  12. You are a sock knitting machine!!!

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  13. I'm so impressed you are whipping out socks left and right. I couldn't ever imagine knitting socks if I ever got back to knitting. Like you, I did a bit as a teen, never really got the hang of it. Liked crocheting better, but don't even do that now. I actually like the look of knitting better, but like the mechanics of crocheting better. Again, so impressed by your new-found skills. Pretty socks. Also thanks to toffeeapple for tom of holland suggestion, which looks fun.

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  14. I will now use an expression which I used to hear a lot and absolutely hate, but it seems appropriate in this case: "You go, girl!"

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  15. Such beautiful colours Sue, I love the joy of finishing knitted socks. They are addictive too, I agree, however I often get bored half way through my second sock and hence my pile of unfinished socks. You may just have inspired me to get cracking again. Enjoy wearing these x

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  16. Ooh, they are fab!

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  17. You must have been knitting non stop! Beautiful colours

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  18. I bought some of that wool before Christmas thinking I'd have a go at some socks. Then I lost confidence hence the wool looks at me reproachfully. You've inspired me to give it a go!

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  19. WOW - these are amazing!!!

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  20. Sitting here with chilly feet and thinking how lovely and cosy those socks look... pretty colours too.

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  21. They have turned you, those people, haven't they?

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    1. Can we have a like button for comments please Sue :)

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    2. Mwa haha ha ha

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  22. Nice job! That yarn is gorgeous.

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  23. Hundreds and thousands socks!

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  24. My goodness Sue...how is it possible that you've already finished this new pair of springtime colorway socks? Wow! I am very, very impressed. You are a natural born knitter.

    Your contemplated shawl knitting project looks quite lovely, too. No need to choose between the knitting of a pretty shawl and resumption of crocheting. That's what Works in Progress are all about.

    xo

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  25. Gorgeous wool in those socks! Where do you get it? The socks are done beautifully!

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    1. I bought my yarn at Hobby Craft in Wychbold which to be honest has a pretty poor selection of yarn but if you look hard you can find the odd treasure.

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  26. oh my. you are fast. I love those sherberty colours

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  27. You'll be turning into one of those folk who buys everyone's shoes a size larger to accommodate the bulk of the hand knitted socks ;D

    Lovely job Sue :D

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    1. I have to say my feet are getting a little hot!

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  28. You'll be knitting them with reindeer on next for Christmas! Well done , indeed.
    Pats.

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  29. What a lovely colour mix :-)

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  30. Oh those are totally fab! K x

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  31. Beautiful, beautiful socks! haven't knitted any for years - have lots baby stuff to do at the moment - but feel quite inspired, though think they'd take me 6 weeks rather than 6 days!

    Brilliant.

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  32. Will there be quince coloured socks in season? I think there should be. You are on a roll now.

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    1. Inspired idea Lucille.

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  33. You are an inspiration. I will have to give that circular knitting another go after my dismal failure last time. I admire your beautifully even tension.

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  34. They are so beautiful! I really want to learn how to knit socks! I can sort of knit (very basic, scarves and the like!) but I don't know if I would ever be able to knit something as beautiful as these socks!
    I love socks, and if I could make my own it would be fab!

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  35. Beautiful, Sue. They are quite easy are nt they..... The sock yarns are to die for these days. Any left over sock yarns put into a bag and have a go at the zig-zag blanket on Ravelry.
    Still knitting Socks of Kindness - free pattern and gorgeous.
    Congratulations; if I was nearby I d bake you a cake !!

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  36. Lovely sock, you're on a roll with them now. I should warn you that shawls can be equally addictive:)

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  37. Lovely colors and your stitching is so even! I haven't knitted since I was a child, but I do crochet...your socks are an inspiration!
    I've been following your blog for months but just subscribed and created a Google account so I can comment.
    I love your blog, Sue! :o)

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    1. Thank you Gigi and thank you for reading and commenting :)

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  38. Sue, have just returned from my holidays and I am reading your post and WOWing at the same time! I am truly impressed about your sock production!!!! Is it tricky? I love crochet but am really pants at knitting... would you recommend a book/website/pattern/tutorial for knitting socks? I find this very inspiring... Hope you enjoyed your Easter. Pati x

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    1. Silver's Sock Class is invaluable Pati. My thanks to Charlotte for recommending it

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    2. Thanks Sue, that's very kind!I will definitely have a go at it after my exams...! I hope the weather improves, here in London is very grey for April. Off downstairs now to watch a film and have a glass of damson gin :-)
      Enjoy the weekend! Pati x

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  39. I have to have a go at knitting socks. The characters in Our tragic universe by Scarlett Thomas enthuse about hand knitted socks and having seen these I get their point

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  40. I have yet to find my courage for a shawl, but if you do it, I will too. Maybe.

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  41. These are fabulous! I can imagine that you enjoyed knitting them, they make me very happy to look at them. x

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  42. Love Love Love these socks :-) ... just found the yarn on the web and ordered some. I'm also going to use the site you recommend, since the pair of socks I made at xmas were a very peculiar shape!!
    AnnBB

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