Sock monster

Ahh handknit socks, I do love them 😀

It’s been freezing here again lately, and I hadn’t made a pair of socks for a while so I had a rummage through my stash to see what sock yarns I had left (not many, must rectify that ;o)) and got started. And, as you can see, I got the sock bug again, and couldn’t stop! More pics and notes available in my Ravelry projects.

I have fully sated the sock monster in me now though and sock knitting has turned into making another crochet blanket, and plenty of sewing – more crochet rolls coming to my Etsy shop soon.

Wedding Socks for Madam Salami

Wedding socks for Madam Salami, yarn by Puddytatpurr

So, here are the second pair in my #12socks challenge – the first pair of knee-highs I’ve ever made (and possibly the last)!

They were made for my friend, Madam Salami, for a wedding gift.

She chose the pattern Lakeside by Julia Vaconsin, which was a very easy pattern to follow, and she chose yarn by Puddytatpurr of Fluffosity, who dyed up the colours she wanted as her wedding gift, and posted it off to me to be knitted into the socks.

Really hope you like them!

Twelve Socks

A few days ago I noticed the #12sock tag on Twitter. Following a few links I found this gorgeous photo of a drawer full of hand-made socks on 12 Sock Project Blog. The idea being to make twelve pairs of socks over twelve months.

Now, I may have mentioned my love of hand-made socks once or twice, so I decided to join in (not that I need anything more on my to do list, but.. you know…)

So, I rooted around my box of yarn I’d been saving for socks and decided to start with a purple pair, I chose to knit Monkey Socks, by Cookie A.

The first attempt were too big, the second attempt too small, the third attempt are still a little too big, but I am NOT knitting them again. I blame my cat, who chewed up the bamboo dpn’s in the size I needed. The pattern was very well written and easy to follow, the only problem I had with it was when it was very late, I was very tired, and was reading Sl1 as S11.. and wondering what on earth S11 meant.. *rolls eyes*

So, my first pair are done.. Think I will do Hedera next 😀

Stalls, socks, sadness and a touch of sun..

monkeys, bunting, gloves, stall, fair, We had a craft fair on Easter Sunday, it was the second one I’ve done, so this one was a little less stressful – even if I did forget half my stock, at least I remembered a float this time!

It was organised by the lovely Channa, of Oh Sew Nice – if you have little ones in your family, you really should check out her site 😀

Customers were still a bit thin on the ground, but the ones who were there were lovely, and as I was knitting socks at my table, I ended up deep in conversation with quite a few people who were reminiscing about how long it had been since they had seen anyone doing that, and how their mother/wife used to make them socks when they were younger. The general consensus was that said socks used to be very scratchy, and I had a lot of touchy-feeliness with the (very soft) wool I was using. The sweetest of these conversations was with a little girl of about 8, who shyly told me her grandma was teaching her to knit with two needles, and could I show her how to do it with five!

I spent my profits on beautiful handmade soaps from Karen!

The proceeds of the fair went to the local branch of Chernobyl Childrens Life Line.

socks, sadness, warmth, comfort
So.. we’ve covered the stall bit, onto socks and sadness.. Here they are, the socks that I started at the fair. Complete, and warming my feet as I type. Excuse the bad photo, the light was fading too fast to get more.

They take a lot of time, socks.. But I’ve been dwelling anyway, so I needed something to occupy the time. I’ve been dwelling on the business – sales seem to be few and far between at the moment, and it’s making me question things; is my range too small, are my prices correct, etc..

I’ve been sad, to tell the truth.

Months have passed by with me only making things to stock the shop, and I’ve made nothing for my family, or our home, in quite a while, and to not be selling regularly makes this even sadder. So, I’ve taken a few days out, to ponder, and mull, and maybe sulk a little, and I’ve made socks. And I feel a bit better you know! I have a thing about handmade socks anyway, they’re pretty and practical, and they allow a gentle rhythm of the hands whilst the brain goes ten to the dozen. They warm not only my feet, but the cockles of my heart.

Oh, and the sun part of this post.. It’s been lovely and warm last couple of days.. Sock wearing weather I don’t think! 😀