dear diary,


As I mentioned in my last post, one of my new year resolutions is not to buy any yarn this year, unless it is for workshops or specific design work. Over the last few years I have accumulated a rather large stash, either because I could not resist purchasing or because the lovely people at Rowan Yarns sent it to me in the days when I worked as a Design Consultant for them.

I have pretty much sorted out my stash into different yarn categories, and now the fun bit of choosing different projects for these categories can begin. I will keep you posted on this throughout the year.

One of the categories is my sock yarn stash, eleven different pairs worth!!! You know what I am going to say next…a pair a month will have to be knitted to work through the above basket…well, two balls are already missing, as I have finished the first pair and have started a second.

One Jan 2014

january 2014 – first pair for ‘my man’


january 2014 – second pair for ‘my man’

Seems that ‘my man’ is a very lucky person indeed πŸ˜‰ Β In all fairness, he absolutely loves hand-knitted socks and always wears them when not at work.

There is a definite blue and green theme going on here?!?, but the snazzy coloured ball at the top of the basket will be made into a pair for a cute little lady from Oz visiting her grandma very soon, and this grandma just happens to be my best friend.

I don’t know about you, but to me socks are my relaxation knitting. My go-to when I am not sure what to do next. My take-along to knitting group, as I can do them in my sleep. My travel project, well, most of the time. The chuck in my bag, because you never know when you get stuck in a traffic jam project. There are in fact many more reasons that I could think of why I love knitting socks so much. I have never suffered from second sock syndrome, and have been known to finish off half sock projects for others.

I have tried to use different methods to knit socks, but a couple of years ago I realised that I really couldn’t be done with all of that. Trying different methods meant that socks were no longer enjoyable for all the above reasons…so I stopped trying to be fancy and went back to my trusted old way. Actually, it is my Oma’s (grandma) way…five double pointed needles and the same maths get’s applied on all socks. As long as I know how long the leg part wants to be, and the shoe size of the recipient, I can be assured of a perfect fit. Simple stitch patterns, fair isle, or anything else one might fancy can easily be incorporated into the socks, it won’t make any difference to the fit.

Ultimately it’s all about what we feel comfortable with. This may mean magic loop for some and two at a time socks for others, but for me it means five double pointed needles are the way to go.

Do you like knitting socks?

Which is your preferred method?

Enjoy! x

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  • Heike

    Hello Marty,

    I think it is wonderful that you want to start knitting your own socks. They are such a joy to make and I am sure you will quickly get the hang of it. I am planning to release my grandma’s trusted patterns sometime soon, so keep checking back.
    The best way not to miss out on anything from my blog is by subscribing to the updates.

    Have a lovely day, best wishes Heike πŸ™‚

  • Marty

    I loved reading this post on sock knitting. I plan on starting my first pair soon. I would love a copy of your Grandma’s sock pattern! Do you offer any sock tutorials?
    Thanks so much.

  • Heike

    Hi Natasha,
    great to see you here and good to hear you are loving the sock knitting adventure. I think it is perfect to have a preferred method as then one can just grab and run…Enjoy your day, best wishes, Heike πŸ™‚

  • Natasha

    I love knitting socks! I have knit a few pairs with trying different heels. I think I have finally figured out my favorite way to knit socks. It’s so easy to bring them on trips when traveling!

  • Heike

    Hello Pat,

    how lovely to hear from you and to find that you still enjoy knitting socks using my grandma’s trusted and well used pattern. Thank you also for visiting my blog, lovely to know that some of my pupil’s past are still following me.

    Happy new year to you, I hope it brings you good thing only and happy sock knitting.

    Best wishes, Heike x

  • Heike

    Hello Lluisa, thank you for visiting my blog. I am glad you have decided to make some socks this year as I am sure you will like it once you have started.
    Watch out for the publication of my grandma’s trusted pattern on my blog later this month or next.

    Best wishes, Heike πŸ™‚

  • Lluisa

    Lovely, I do love knitted socks, but I have never tried to do it myself so…this is gonna be one of my purposes for this new year.

    Lluisa x

  • Pat Williams

    Dear Heike;
    ah socks! My 5 year addiction to knitting them started when I attended your workshop ‘socks rock’ at stash.
    My husband loves them and now has a drawer full in every colour imaginable!
    I still use the method you gave us that day, I’ve tried other methods but always end up reverting to your pattern as it seems to be the most logical way, no faffing about moving stitches in order to work the heels and toes, and a perfect fit every time!
    I was feeling brave at the weekend and sorted through my stash,Christmas for this year is sorted as I’ve more than enough yarn for approx 16 pairs, i also found several bags of yarn I have no memory of buying, nor what it was inteded for, so will be making a couple of blankets and cushion covers as well.
    Happy New Year to you and thank you for the lovely patterns and inspiration your site gives me
    best wishes
    Pat Williams

  • Heike

    Hi Shelley, you really should give it a try, it’s so much fun. I am thinking of making my grandma’s tested and trusted pattern available here on my blog, so watch this space. πŸ™‚

  • Heike

    Hi Jenny, thank you for stopping by πŸ™‚ Good to know I am not the only one with a large sock yarn stash. Every time I go to Germany I get so tempted as over there the selection of these yarns is about 5 times as much as here. I am trying to be good this year, fingers crossed. I look forward to hearing about your sock adventures during the coming month’s too.

  • Heike

    I am hoping to reduce my stash by a lot this year, but I will have to live at least three life’s in order to use it all up Annie πŸ˜‰

  • Shelley

    I love your socks, super clever!
    My goal of 2014 is to learn this wonderful skill. I look forward to seeing lots of inspiration from you over the coming months.

  • Jenny Lester

    I also love knitting socks and my husband loves wearing them. I have knitted my friends husband socks as Christmas present , and after initial hilarity and surprise, they all love them.

    I love the idea that you have separated your stash into groupings, must do that it allows you to see the wood from the trees.

    I too have multiple balls of sock yarn and like you I think I will aim at a pair a month, which like you Heike should not be difficult as they are my choice of project at knit groups, when travelling or spending time in waiting rooms etc.

    Unlike you I now knit mine on circular needles, toe up two together, although I must say I do enjoy the DPN method. May alternate the method each month – let’s wait and see!!

    Jenny x

  • Annie @ knitsofacto

    I’m thinking just the same thoughts Heike … I really have should have no need to buy yarn for my ‘please myself’ knitting until about 2020!

    Nice socks πŸ™‚