Confession of a Sock Knitter

My dear friends, how have you been? I hope you are all keeping well in these uncertain times, finding things to do that you love and having lot’s of ‘Me’ time too.

For me that usually involves knitting socks. I am not totally sure when this love of sock knitting started, but one of my earliest knitting memories is about socks and they are a true love of mine.

I just keep making socks. It’s just so much fun.

Especially during stressful and uncertain times they are my go-to project and I can’t seem to stop, chain-knitting my way from sock to sock, starting a new one just as soon as one is finished.

I just keep going and having a completely shameless Netflix binge helps no end, it’s almost like the sock-making reinforces the binge-watching, and vice versa. It also helps to have a large stash of sock yarn nearby, feeding my curiosity about what will happen with a skein of variegated or self-striping sock yarn.

Socks are super portable and the perfect small project to try out new stitch patterns. A simple sock is pretty straight forward to knit, not too difficult to learn and many have done so in my workshops following my trusted ‘Oma’s Sock’s’ pattern (here).

Family and friends are happy recipients of my cosy socks, with fifteen pairs of my knitted socks in hubby’s sock drawer alone and many more pairs having been gifted over the years.

Having knitted top-down socks only up to now, I wanted to spice things up a little and have started my first pair of toe-up socks. I only started last night but like it so far…

They won’t be done quite as quickly as I have to follow instructions, but with lock-down continuing I have plenty of time. Wish me luck!

Are you using this crazy time to learn something new? Please share, I’d love to know.

Stay safe my friends and remember to laugh, to sit in sunshine and dream, be kind and thoughtful and to be gentle and mindful with yourself.

Heartfelt wishes,

Heike xo

new book release – a little book of sox

#www.madewithloops.co.uk #sockknitting #alittlebookofsox

from left anti-clockwise: tryfan, matterhorn, fuji, denali, ben nevis and everest

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After a long wait it’s finally here!!

A little book of Sox has been published and is now available in both German and English.

This book is another co-production between two very good creative friends. For some time now Claudia (wollsinn.de) and I have been working on many fun and fabulous yarny projects together. Our knitting retreats are known by many to be well organised weeks of much fun and yarn shenanigans. Where I am the brains behind the designs, she is the magician in the dyeing kitchen and together that is an awesome combination. Working with Claudia is always an adventure and much fun is had on the way. This book is no exception!

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Sock knitting has been a passion of ours for years! There is nothing more lovely for your feet than a beautifully soft and cosy hand-knitted pair of socks. They lend themselves to trying out new yarns and /or new patterns, are an easy project to carry around with you and they make great gifts.

The inspiration for these designs originated from my love of hiking in fresh mountain air. Living near the Snowdonia National Park in Wales, UK, I have ample opportunity to enjoy fresh mountain air and breath-taking views throughout the seasons. Mountaineering calls for good walking boots, which in turn call for comfy breathable socks. What better comfort and warmth than a pair of hand-knitted socks.

From a chat between friends over a cup of tea, the idea was planted in our heads to not only showcase the beautiful Arwetta Classic Yarn and some of Wollsinn’s own hand-painted sock yarns, but also to present designs that are versatile and fun to knit.

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We are proud to present to you our first six patterns within these pages and hope you will enjoy knitting and wearing our creations.

The printed book is available in German from www.wollsinn.de, where you can also find the Arwetta Yarn in many beautiful colours. The English version is available as an e-Book and can be purchased via my shop HERE. Please spread the word – thank you!

Enjoy and have fun!

X.

socks – socks – socks

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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