dear diary,

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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’

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january 2014 – second pair for ‘my man’

Seems that ‘my man’ is a very lucky person indeed 😉  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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