5 August 2014

Socks That Sing

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It's been far too quiet on this blog. Truth be told, I've been feeling stressed, wound up and a bit down and although I have a tendency to go a bit quiet when I'm like that - it's probably the worst thing I could do. I love people, love chatting, both in real life and here on my wee blog and when I'm not blogging I really miss the company, the stimulation and the satisfying feeling of making art by taking photos and writing about what I'm up to.

So, I'm going to make a real effort to get back into the groove of blogging. I need it. Plus, I've accumulated a backlog of things to show you!

Shall we start with socks? I showed you my puffin yarn, a scrummy blend of merino, cashmere and a smidge of nylon ... well, this is how it's knitting up. I'm knitting a three by one rib - three knit stitches and one purl stitch - but you can't really tell in the picture. 

Speaking of the picture, how many ways are there to photograph a sock and keep it interesting? I'm not sure if this one worked all that well but I'm always trying :)

I was promised that I would constantly stop and caress this yarn and it's true, I am. I'm even pushing it towards anyone near me and instructing them to feel it too. The cashmere is divine and my knitting feels fantastically soft and silky. 

Aren't the colours crazy? I'm totally entertained by the way it's knitting up and keep imagining how it might be slightly or even drastically different if I was knitting larger or smaller socks. I'm getting a spiral effect with the stripes with the 64 stitches I've cast on for my feet. I'm guessing that the stripes would be straighter with more stitches and probably even more curly wurly with less.

I'm still a fan of my double pointed needles for socks, especially my pretty KnitPro rosewood needles. It's a pain in the neck when you drop one in the car and it slides down between the seats but I do love how they look and how they feel. I've had a few questions lately about how to fix the "ladders" that you can get between the needles when you're first learning to knit socks. I used to get those too. Initially I gave my first couple of stitches a good tug when starting on a new needle but eventually I think they just vanished with practice.

Knitting is all about practice. Stick at it and do it regularly and everything will be alright. I'm sure it's true of blogging about knitting too.


15 comments:

  1. Libby, you have had an event-filled, hectic year. Take a little time to smell the roses, or coffee, or whatever. Enjoy your family and the ages/stages they are experiencing. Be in and appreciate this moment. You do such a nice job on the projects you share! Thank you.

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  2. I'd been wondering how you were Libby; hope things start improving soon. I'm glad you liked the yarn as much as I do, I'm currently knitting with BFL sock yarn and longing for my Casbah. I went for the pretty rainbow this time rather than the squoosh; need the cheer of the colour to remind me summer is coming.

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  3. Sorry, had a little giggle about losing needles to the car, I can't count the times I've had to fish them out of cars as well! Cashmere yarn is just what you need to be cheered up!

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  4. I'm glad you are back I've been thinking of you often.
    As for the ladders I ALWAYS knit one or two stitches from the next needle before I start a new needle. It keeps things moving all the time and avoids ladders.

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  5. Isn't it amazing how one post can say so much? You put into words exactly how I feel about sock knitting. The ladders do go away with practice and a tug. And that yarn is just divine- I love exactly how it's pooling. Lately I have also preferred DPNs over circulars for socks, it just seems so much easier - until you lose one!

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  6. I love these socks! I've been craving a bit of sock knitting but have no sock yarn until October when my shipping gets to Jakarta (I'm currently in the middle of a move to start a new job). I'm trying to resist the lure of etsy and so far am doing OK. Not sure how long that will last though!

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  7. I'm so glad you're back!

    Your sock photograph IS interesting--with the shadowy twigs in the background, the first thing I thought of was a broken-out cocoon.

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  8. What a happy sock! I love 3x1 rib socks. It's my 'go to' pattern for peaceful knitting. I didn't mind starting over when I got to the heel and realized I had the wrong number of stitches. DPNs are also my favorite way to knit socks.

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  9. Welcome back to the blog-o-sphere! It's certainly good to see you- and your socks!- once again. I look forward to catching up on what has been keeping you busy. xo

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  10. Hello hello! Lovely to read you again. Was missing your wonderful nature woolly photos and your your knitting updates and hearing about your life too! Hope things start to feel less stressful soon. Must be exhausting making such a big move. I was stressed out after moving from London to my Mum's in Marlow for four months and back again, ha ha ha.

    S xxx

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  11. So nice to have you back. I hope that you are starting to feel a bit more like your usual self. Hopefully some spring weather will help soon. Love the colours in those socks - one of my favourite fabric colour combos at present too.

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  12. How many ways are there to photograph a sock? not many! But I love yours. It looks like a lovely sock to knit.
    I am sorry to hear that you are stressed and down at the moment, huge hugs. Are you coming to KAN? I feel like you might be? (Hopeful!!!)

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  13. Sorry to hear you've been feeling stressed and unhappy. I hope you're starting to feel a bit better - I'm the same, when I'm feeling down I shut myself away, when really I should do the opposite.

    Also, Knit Pro needles are gorgeous, aren't they?! My favourites too.

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  14. Lovely to read a post from you, I hope you feel less stressed again soon. Very cool pooling on the sock :)

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  15. I hope you feel better soon! Focus on the things that make you happy, give yourself time to do them, and stay away from the 'should' mentality, try to change it to 'could' (or so my therapist tells me)... Enjoy your cashmere socks, they are wild and wacky and would certainly be interesting to see the pooling at different sizes!

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