Socks







This pair of socks is dedicated with my thanks to Ali who helped me choose the yarn, advised on needle size and leant me a pattern, and to Kristina who inspired me when she gave me a pair of handknitted socks and assured me that I'd be able to knit my own. Also grateful thanks to Lizzie who left a comment explaining how to avoid laddering -most useful Lizzie.

They are not perfect by any means. The toes have pointy lumps and grafting was tricky. The cast on edge is raggedy and the knitting uneven in places. But they have turned out much better than I anticipated and I know my next pair will be an improvement.

I've always regarded myself as a non-knitter but now I am not so sure. My sock knitting experiment has been so enjoyable and rewarding that I feel ready for more knitting adventures.


Before I cast on my next pair of socks though here is my March sampler. March has been an inspiring month for me -meetings with creative blogging friends and a new skill learnt. I do wish it had been a bit warmer and springlike though. Here's hoping for some proper spring weather in April.







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  1. They look brilliant - such fine wool and i am sure, small needles. Although, I can knit, I don't think I'd have the patience to do these!
    x

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  2. Lovely socks. They look perfect to me. Wear them well.

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  3. I love these socks Sue - so impressive for your first knit and I love the colour of the yarn.

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  4. They look great! Well done you :)

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  5. Congratulations on knitting your first pair of socks, they are fabulous. Looking forward to seeing your next pair.
    Anne xx

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  6. Sue, where can I find the laddering advice? All of mine ladder, when I turn them right side out. I have to darn them up before they're even finished.

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    1. This is what Lizzie said 'When you're knitting in the round on 4/5 needles, starting on a new needle knit the first stitch, make as if to knit the second stitch but before you do tighten up the first stitch so you dont get a "ladder"'

      Very useful tip;-)

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  7. Wow great job! It is hard to believe that is your first item. All your food photos look so yummy.

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  8. The socks are grand! Congratulations!
    Love the sampler too, especially the eggs and the pink flower in the bottom right corner.

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  9. Oooh, I think they're lovely!

    Barb_in_GA

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  10. They look amazing - you're certainly NOT a "non-knitter"! I believe that heels are a nightmare and you seem to have done them no bother. Bravo!

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    1. The one you can see is better than the other one.

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  11. Oh they look fantastic! I knew you'd do a good job of them. And finished in double quick time too.

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  12. That is seriously impressive for a first knitted item! Go you!

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  13. The socks are beautiful! Not sure where you see the imperfections! I think it is an impressive first pair.
    My Worcester family is coming tonsee us hrr (in the US) tomorrow..so excited. First trip to the US for grandchildren and DIL!

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  14. As someone who can only knit squares or scarves I am totally impressed by your socks, well done, they are lovely.

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  15. Oh, I say! Well done old socks!!

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  16. Great socks! Love the colors of your wool. All of your foodie pictures look so nice, I made hot cross buns, and my crosses disappeared too, wonder why?

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  17. oh my, so quick. socks take me months and months! but mostly I am envious of your blossom x

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  18. You are turning out to be a bit too bloody perfect Mrs Quince. Next thing you'll be posting about is self taught nuclear physics. Or can you do that already??! Ax

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    1. Yep, cracked nuclear fusion when I was a toddler :D

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  19. Fantastic! They look brilliant. Well done you - you most definitely can't call yourself a non knitter now!

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  20. They look fantastic... and such beautiful yarn too!

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  21. That was an ambitious beginner's project...I can't wait to see what will be next...an item in Arran knit maybe?

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  22. Sue, not only are you a knitter, you are surely a three dimensional knitter! Those socks are a fantastic achievement for a beginner. Have your family members been commissioning you to make socks for them? I had my brother draw a diagram of his foot with the necessary measurements noted, and it was easy to make him perfectly fitting socks.

    xo

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  23. The socks are amazing! Well done. I am properly impressed. Lovely photo collage. It looks spring-like, even if the warmer temperatures weren't there.

    Gillian x

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  24. Congratulations on your beautiful new socks! I just retired my first pair of socks I knit... eight years ago! I wore them clean through. So, wear them long and wear them proud, there is nothing quite like hand knit socks....

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  25. They look beautiful, well done! Far better than my first pair which came out so small they ended up going to Matilda (she was nine at the time with tiny feet!). There'll be no stopping you now. And as you become more familiar with the pattern the faster your knitting will get. And hand knitted socks are SO toasty.

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  26. socks!!!! you can most definitely count yourself among the accomplished knitters!!! beautiful job!

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  27. Well, you've knitted one pair of socks more than I have recently, so colour me impressed.

    I am seriously loving your mosaics. Really, really pretty.

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  28. congratulations!! isn't sock knitting fun and rewarding!? beautiful mosaic as always.

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  29. Despite your remarks, they are as delightful a pair of socks as I've ever seen. I am most impressed by your can-do spirit on tackling a difficult project and seeing it through to the end. Always love your photos.

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  30. Well done, Sue. I always find doing the second one is the real slog. There's so much fantastic yarn out there - be warned , it's totally addictive!

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  31. There, I just knew that you'd make a good job of it, well done. I love the mosaic too.

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  32. Self-taught nuclear fusion as a toddler, huh? Piece of cake compared to knitting socks. So many talents. You are my domestic guru, Sue.

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  33. Congrats, a big pat on the back. Now that you have achieved that i will have to have another go at crochet,I have a very long weekend coming up soon, it could then. My mum used to knit socks without a pattern, I just used to knit a birds nest, although I do knit 2 needles are my limit.

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  34. Go you!

    Your turn to make 11 pairs of socks for the next blog meet.

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  35. They look fabulous! And so happy to hear you're already planning another pair!

    K x

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    1. Thanks Kristina. Just shaping the gusset on my next one.

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  36. Brilliant!! They look fab and that yarn was a great choice. I hope this is the start of a long love affair with sock knitting. Claire at The Fibreworks.

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    1. Thanks Claire. I've definitely been bitten by the sock bug.

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  37. Brilliant socks! I turn my back for a couple of weeks and you whip out a pair just like that! The next pair will be easier, trust me, well, unless you decide to go for cables or something! I'm making a pair of wrist warmers right now, lots of increases and decreases to make the pattern but I'm liking them. Love the Spring mosaic for March, lovely and cheerful.

    Hugs
    Brenda

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  38. Hand knitted socks become addictive, as does the purchasing of sock yarn! Ali, did a great job helping you pick, the graduations are subtly gorgeous!!

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  39. oh, you SO bought them didn't you? Didn't you?

    They are a bit good Sue, I don't mind saying.
    x

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  40. Your sampler is wonderfully spring like though... we have lots of sun over here but no green shoots yet! Yay, you are one and a half more of a sock knitter than me and they look wonderful!

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  41. Sue they look wonderful, for a first project when you've not previously done much knitting they are awesome!

    I don't know if you popped back after you asked about numbers, but the knitsofacto Ravelry group is up to 50 members now and growing :) Do please add your lovely socks to the members projects :D

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  42. Wow, these are really nice!

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  43. Very impressive, seems a challenging project for a "non-knitter" to take on, but you've done a great job!

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