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One of the advantages of hand knitting socks is that you can make them to any size and length. This time, as I was knitting socks for Daniel, he asked for short socks. Knitting them was rather strange as the feet were longer than the legs.
They must have been a hit as they were taken and worn before I even had time to block them. Now they've gone through the wash, they do look a lot better.
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I can't go too long before putting a pair of socks on the needles. At the moment, I'm concentrating on getting all the oddments of sock wool used up. Daniel loves his odd socks, but it's going to be a while before he gets his crazy oddment socks. There was enough of this Malabrigo Sock Yarn in 100% merino superwash wool to make a pair of socks to fit a UK size 6.
It doesn't matter how often I make these socks, I just love doing the heels. There is something quite satisfying about a neatly turned heel!
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You spend hours knitting a lovely pair of socks and within a couple of weeks you get presented with this-
Oh, and it isn't just one heel, it's two! What would you do?
I was going to darn them, but last week I came across another method of fixing holes that I thought I'd try. You can find all the details here. In just a few minutes, the hole is transformed.
After trying this method for the first time, I'll adapt it a bit next time for a better finish, but I'm happy with it. I quite like the idea of patched socks. Once I find the second sock and get it fixed, it'll be interesting to see how it feels when it's being worn.
That's my make do and mend this weekend, now I'm going to get back to making.
It wasn't that long ago when the last thing I wanted to knit was socks! I really couldn't understand why people were such fans of sock knitting, but I couldn't dismiss them without first giving them a try. When I made that first pair, I couldn't imagine that I've made at least one pair a month since! They are surprisingly addictive.
After having a tidy of my knitting bag, I thought it would be a good idea to use up all the bits and pieces of sock yarn. I did have just enough of this black/grey to make a pair of socks for Jonathan. He usually gets the chunky socks for work, but after Daniel raving about how good his socks, I thought Jonathan should have a thinner pair.
Hand knitted socks seem to be gaining in popularity and I can understand why. Here are just five reasons why we love hand them.
The next pair of socks are already on the needles, this time using up some of the yarn oddments. Daniel can't wait for them to be finished.
So, you may remember I was experiementing knitting socks with thicker yarn. You can see the first experiment here. They turned out ok, but I really needed smaller dpns. I've now got some, so I'll be prepared in the future.
The next experiment was to use two strands of DK. Although this pair wasn't a total success, Jonathan is happy with them, and they've provided me with valuable information to take forward.
The socks do look better on the feet than off and, as they are for wearing inside work boots, it doesn't really matter. The transition from the leg to the foot has ended up a bit baggy but I think this can be solved by knitting the socks in a rib pattern throughout. That will then give the whole sock more elasticity. I will be trying again, and I am planning on trying them in chunky yarn too.
After the chunky socks, I went straight back to sock yarn. I now have another pair of thinner socks on the needle and, I have to say, I'm enjoying the delicacy of knitting with fine yarn.
Socks Made to Order
In all the rush to get them all finished and sent out in the post on time, I forgot to take photos of the socks. I did get a couple of progress pictures I sent on my phone, but they definitely don't show them off to their best advantage.
There were three pairs in total, two pairs in the brown, one in the blues. I started with the largest first, down to the smallest, it just helped not to think the largest pair was left to last.
When I got home yesterday afternoon, I had been sent a lovely message with this photo.
The socks were already being put to good use, there's even a guest appearance of a pair I made earlier in th year. It's so lovely to see them in action.
One thing about making things for the boys is that I can experiment and they don't mind. The grey yarn is just going on forever and at Jonathan's request, I made socks.
I only had 5mm dpns (double pointed needles) so that's what I used. It means the socks have quite an open, loose feel about them, but they're perfect for wearing inside his work boots with another pair of socks. I will invest in some 4mm dpns to get a tighter feel.
While I was knitting them, I started wondering what it would be like if I doubled the yarn and made another pair. That's what I'm doing now, so I'll show you those as soon as they're done.
Before I'd even finished Jonathan's jumper, Daniel put in a request for a sleeveless jumper in grey or brown. I still had loads of the grey leftover after finishing Jonathan's so I took the executive decision that Daniel was having grey. As it happens, it's the same pattern as I did for Jonathan minus the sleeves. Nothing like keeping it simple!
I must say, he does scrub up well and it does suit him. He's quite happy to have another one made as I've still got four balls of this yarn leftover. He is going to have to wait as Jonathan straightaway asked for socks. As I've not made socks for a while, socks it's going to be. I'm hoping the first pair will get finished this weekend.
Jumpers and Cardigans
The odd socks are finished and they didn't hang around long enough to get blocked. In fact, they had walked before I got a chance to take a photo. I had to grab them for a photo when they got home.
I think it's safe to say, they are a hit. There will definitely be more of these to come. In the meantime, back to sensible knitting and DK cotton seems like string after knitting with four ply.
I love my boy! Actually, I love both my boys with their different personalities and characters, but this particular boy is my youngest. He just makes me smile, he's a character and a half and it's grown with him as he's got older. (How did my baby get to be eighteen!) Anyway, Daniel is colourblind, which provides us with lots of amusing incidents, but, it meant he always wears odd socks, it's so much quicker and less stressful than trying to pair them up. Which teenager wants to keep checking with mum that his socks match! The only socks he wore in pairs, were the ones I made for him, and that got me thinking! A dangerous occupation, I know.
With all the socks I've been making, I've got oddments of sock wool that I feel compelled to use up. I had a proposition for Daniel. What if I make him proper odd socks, all the oddments go into making the socks. Daniel, being Daniel, jumped at the chance and here is the first one.
It needs blocking, although I'm not sure Daniel will wait for that, but that's the first one. Maybe you recognise one of your socks in there? Daniel loves it and that's all that matters. These are socks that match the personality of my boy, full of character and fun, who never fails to raise a smile.
The second sock is well underway, and completely different. I must say, I love it too.
Hand Knitted Socks
I have had a lifelong love of crafts which started with being taught how to knit at a very young age. It didn't take long to realise that great joy and satisfaction came from making things. Even now, I get a thrill seeing something that started just as an idea, becoming a finished product, whether I make it, or teach someone else how to make it.