Sock knitting mania

Hi there and happy Sunday:) Boy the weekend just flies away in a second, especially when you have to do overtime at work. I did lots of overtime Friday night and yesterday so today I’m RELAXING. Well, I do have the house and my 3 kids and 2 cats to take care of on my own since hubby is away on business but other than that, today is all about enjoying a stress free day.

And then I thought, hey I think it may be time to do some blog posting. During the week I don’t always have the time as my schedule is rather hectic so here’s one for today:)

And today I’m going to talk about socks and sock knitting. As you may have gathered from my blog already, I LOVE knitting socks. And as I was preparing for this post, I realized just how MUCH I actually enjoy knitting socks and mittens too (which some wise woman once told me were actually socks but for the hands). And this year that’s all I’ve been knitting. And knitting all these socks I think I have actually found my go-to sock template, you know this sort of pattern that is not really a pattern, but since you knit socks so often you already know the measurements so you can just freely adapt and make up your own patterns as you go. I think I can describe mine as: tube socks with an afterthought heel. Boy they are just so easy and stress relieving. I can do them TAAT doing magic loop and just enjoy either super simple knit stitch or make up a variation  and the result is always perfect – well to my eyes at least.

I knit a lot and I cannot think of spending a day without knitting. And when people say to me “oh, I wish I could knit like you. But I just don’t have the time” – that really irritates me. If you want to, you can! After all, I knit between phone calls at work, I knit in front of the tv, in the car when not driving, when waiting for the doctor etc. One can always find just a few minutes here and there if one wants to. And I do 🙂 I also find knitting very soothing and it helps me relax and stay sane in a very busy and sometimes stressful life

What about you? Do you feel that knitting helps you feel good? Do you have a certain type of projects that you keep on hand for knitting on the go or for when you need to knit but cannt muster the concentration to do something complicated? Do share with us.

Here are some pictures of my knitting so far

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These are child sized socks I knit for my 8 year old. I blended a solid and multi coloured yarn – both hand dyed by myself- and rather like the outcome

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These too are for my 8 year old. This time I did ankle socks and the yarn I chose was from my “2 at a time” hand dyed sock yarn collection

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These are my only pair of hand spun socks so far

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These I knit with a gradient yarn from Knitcircus and just love the outcome. The dyer Jala Spiro did a wonderful job

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These socks have a lace pattern panel on the front and back and I knit these as part of a KAL on FB – knit socks from your stash. The yarn was of course hand dyed by myself

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I just finished this pair this week and I really love the outcome. These are knit using my new yarn (yes I have to put it up for sale in the shop for you) where I leave large parts of the skein undyed

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This is the type of yarn I used to knit the socks above – only mine had an additional color – it had purple as well. I dyed 2 batches this one you see here and then another one with some purple also, which I used for the socks

 

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These I knit using my multi coloured varigated yarn. And for the child sized socks in the first picture (where I used 1 solid and 1 varigated yarn) well the varigated yarn is the one used here alone

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These I knit for a cousin (that reminds me I really have to send them to her before winter is totally over). This time the yarn is not mine but from Colinette yarns, Jitterbug collection (I’m a fan)

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And once more, my 2 in 1 socks getting there slowly but surely

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You see, I’m not far from the beginning of the toes! It goes so much faster now that I hold yarn 1 in my left hand for continental purling and yarn 2 in my right hand for throwing when knitting sock 2. I’m sure these will be all done and ready for me to show off in no time now

Ouff, that’s a lot of socks! But now that I’m down to only 2 socks in the works, my 2 in 1 socks and 1 pair that I keep downstairs for tv knitting (I’ve finished one sock and begun the other), I decided it was ok to start a new project and even though I should have started my sock of the month for my FB KAL, I actually started knitting my Sindri mittens from the Aurora Borealis Mitts by Shannon Okey. Remember I told you about her book and that this was the pattern I was going to do first. I also decided to try out my new neon dyes for the yarn for this pair of mittens and I’m really liking the outcome.

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/sindri This is a picture of the mitts from the book and below you can see the yarns I dyed and the beginning of the cuff

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The cuff for my Sindri mittens by Shannon Okey

 

Thats all folks for today, time for me to do some serious Sunday afternoon knitting. I hope you are enjoying your day and wish you a wonderful and creative new week.

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