Saturday, 27 April 2013

Little M's Socks

So, you may remember back to Easter when J and E started out on their grand sock project? The idea was to finish the a joint pair of socks during the long Easter weekend. E managed it, although J took a little longer...



Here's how we started out - one ball of sock yarn, a basic pattern from the shop, and two sets of DPNs (one very beautiful! The other a bit boring.) It was pretty exciting, as neither of us have knitted socks before - and E had barely knitted on DPNs before (although she had made a sock not in the round - complete cheating!) We started by splitting the ball into two smaller balls...



 Have to say we were a little bit anal about this... we actually dug out the super-accurate weighing scales and weighed out each ball to see we had equally split it! We wanted nothing to go wrong for our first sock extranvangza.
We both worked on them diligently without the weekend...




 E managed to finish hers, although J spent a little longer. We both learnt a few things through the sock-making process: mostly to do with reading the pattern accurately! (ie. if it says to use stitch markers, actually pay attention and leave them there, rather than think you'll be able to tell!) They aren't perfect (the toes are the wrong way up (!), a few loose stitches around the heel, and you can see the gaps between the needles at some points) but definitely a big achievement for a first pair of socks! The self-patterning yarn was also really fun - it looked a bit insipid when we bought it, but knitted up the pattern looked great!

Here they are finished:


We then hurried to the post office when J came to visit in order to get them off to Little M in time for exam season! I did take a photo of the parcel all wrapped up, but then I realised that would rather disguise any anonymity! Luckily they arrived in time for her first exam, and here she is wearing them for her final bit of revising...





(looking very organised!)

So, there we have it! I hope Little M's good luck socks will have done the trick - all the best for the rest of your exams!
This weekend, A and I have some crafts planned, so there may be more posts to come...

Love to all our readers - feel free to leave a comment and introduce yourself if you're reading this!

E