When the nights start drawing in, I tend to turn to knitting and crocheting in the evenings. This autumn/winter I have a big task ahead of me, as several people have requested pairs of hand knitted socks from me this year. So far I have 5 pairs of socks on the waiting list for other people, plus another pair for myself (I only ever wear my hand knit socks nowadays!). It tends to take me about 10 evenings to make a pair of socks, so I definitely need to get a move on!
Knitting socks is actually pretty easy, especially if you’re just using a plain stocking stitch. Turning the heel is the only complicated part, and to be honest, that’s my favourite bit, as I love the way a knitted item can become a little piece of construction, just by the way you add and remove stitches. There are lots of different patterns out there for socks, my favourite places to go for patterns are ravelry.com and knitty.com. Be careful when visiting those sites though – you may just lose a couple of hours in browsing them!
The sock-in-progess in the colour swatch is lain on top of a blanket that I crocheted over the span of 10 years. The crocheted hexagons in the blanket are all made from the leftover wool of socks that I’ve knitted either for myself or for others over the years. The blanket is large enough to use now, but I shall keep adding to it each time I collect more ends of sock wool.
I’m certainly going to be adding some bright pops of colour with the ends of these balls of wool, these are the ones I’ll be using to knit up all the gifts!
As always, this week’s swatch is available for you to download and use in your own Adobe software over at Adobe Color CC. Enjoy!