Sock knitting Divides all knitters into two camps, like marmite you either love it or hate it.
|Like socks with sandals hand knitted socks divide us into 2 camps Love or hate!|
I knitted my first pair many years ago now, encouraged by my mum who knits socks for fun, ‘it is good to have a pair on your needles’ she says ‘they are so portable’ she adds. They are also fabulous to receive in your Christmas parcel! Especially when your mum has made them!
|These were made using my free Regia pattern|
|Hector Socks designed by Rachel Coopey|
The first few pairs which I made were knit using a free pattern which you were given when purchasing Regia self-patterning yarn, you can download a fantastic guide and pattern from the website, http://us.schachenmayr.com/regia These were top down knitted on 4 needles, I loved the fact that I got a beautiful patterned/ striped socks with little effort.
I soon got the bug and decided that I needed to do a pair of the lovely socks in the fabulous Rachel Coopey book a knitted sock society www.coopknits.co.uk/ and chose a lovely lace pair to start with called Hector
|Rachels fabulous book|
|A great book to explain the method with great patterns|
Whichever method you choose I strongly advise having a go on a small pair to start with, for a child maybe, and if you do one sock and think ‘no more!!’ then you will have a Christmas decoration for your tree at least!
|They have now climbed Helvellyn!!|
|Rachel convinced me to knit socks in the round!|
Now, I am not a yarn snob but… I would not use cheap yarn to knit socks, your feet are precious and deserve something beautiful!! Regia do a fabulous range of sock yarns and if you want to splash out on a skein of Rowan Fine art which is so beautiful to work with and even more beautiful to wear. I also love Lang Jowell sock yarn which comes with a reinforcing yarn for your toes and heels for those heavy footed ones amongst us! I am not saying buy expensive yarn, I am just saying read the label and look at the wool content!!
I want to show you some pictures of our trip to The Lake District last weekend.
Our accommodation was 5 star! So much so that there was a need for handmade socks to be worn at all times! Even in bed!
|Our tent has done us proud over the years!|
We climbed Helvellyn, me wearing my top down one at a time socks and my Hubby in his toe-up two at a time socks.
|It was great to get to the end of Striding Edge with warm feet too!|
|Time for Tea for us two!|
|Boots and Socks off at last!|
If you succeed in knitting your first pair of socks then you will not look back and will have socks on your needles at all times!! Won’t they Helen!!