I've been so busy with the Lazy Hooker's CAL and with designing for Artesano (new summer shawl/wrap on my hook as we speak), that I have to admit that when I finally sit down in the evening, I have taken to picking up the sticks instead of my hook. I know, I know, how could I?
I think it must be something to do with my age (shhhh), but for the last year I have had this strange desire to knit socks. I have really tried to get what I want by crocheting socks like these,
I used a size 3 hook and 4-ply sock yarn and although they're great to wear...
... I still just craved all those gorgeous tiny-stitched-stripes which are only possible with knitting. I think I got quite close with my fingerless gloves using a version of Linen Stitch,
So, a lovely friend who both knits and hooks was brave enough to take me on and introduced me to the wonderful world of 5 pointed needles...
|This was my very first foray with the sticks and at first I really struggled...|
I persevered as I could see those STRIPES forming ....and was soon falling in love...
|Magic stripes and magic patterns...ooohhhh|
It did all feel terribly fiddly to start off with and my hands were all over the place, fighting with all these pointy things. I dropped many, many, stitches; many, many, times and realised just how patient knitters are...no quick frogging here that's for sure.
This was my first pair, and although they are a bit big as I used DK instead of 4-ply, I LOVE them and finally realised my dream of stripey heaven!
|Trying on for size!|
Feeling rather flushed with success, I moved on to Sock Yarn and had another go...turning the heel is the hardest bit, but with lots of help and a fair bit of sweat, I eventually cracked it.
This pattern is from Craftsy and well worth buying as it's very straightforward to follow.
|This is Opal sock yarn,,isn't it delish??|
|I can't even begin to describe how ridiculously proud of these I am..I certainly can't wear them as I like looking at them so much and refuse to hide them in boots!|
I've now moved on to knitting gloves which I can stroke and love (and show off) every day and am equally addicted.. more to come...