I’ve done what I promised I wouldn’t; cast on something new before finishing my cardigan. Oh no!
Cassy over at Knit the hell out keeps mentioning Socktober. A whole month dedicated to knitting socks. I have to admit, I’ve honestly never really seen the point of knitting socks. I’m really quite fussy when it comes to what I put on my feet – if they don’t feel comfortable and just, well, right, then they come straight off. And socks generally are so cheap that I don’t think it’s really worth spending however much on the amount of yarn you’d need to knit a pair. That said, I’ve seen some lovely patterns around, not to mention all the pretty pairs that Cassy knits up in a flash, and I found myself hankering after a bit more of a challenge after months of plain old stockinette on straights. Sock, two at a time, on circular needles you say? Well, why not give it a go!? But shhh! don’t let the cardigan know…
Since I don’t fancy wearing handknit socks myself, and hubby was equally disinterested in the very idea, and I wanted something fairly quick, Pickle is the intended recipient. Having never knitted in the round before, I trawled Ravelry for the simplest pattern I could find, and actually came across this fabulous tutorial. I started with the cast on for a pair, but got myself in a bit of a tangle at first, so I pulled off one and gave myself a chance to get to grips with the process on a single sock. I worked a simple pattern into the top of the sock, just using knits and purls and found it fairly straightforward. I knit just past the turn of the heel and then ran out of yarn, so I frogged the lot and began again with a pair in a different colour.
I’m working up the cuff now and I’m really quite pleased with how they’re turning out. I love working with the Knitpro Symphonie needles. They’re so much lighter and smoother than the straights I’ve been using. I’ll certainly be going back to Sconch’s online shop for more if I need other sizes etc. My knitting speed is gradually getting quicker, and I’m starting to understand a bit how knitting socks can become quite a therapeutic exercise. I don’t think I’m quite up to knitting whilst reading or something though. Pumpkin usually loves socks, collecting and depositing his own all over the house, so I’m hoping he’ll like these, and they’ll keep his little feet nice and cosy this winter.
This weekend saw an unexpected visitor in our household, as Hermes* the class mascot was entrusted into the care of my eldest Pumpkin. For anyone not familiar with this particular practice, the class mascot is a soft toy which every weekend is given to a different child, along with a record book, and the child (read: parents) is expected to take pictures and give an account of the weekend’s activities.
Thankfully Pumpkin’s classmates are not of the ilk to whisk off to Spain for the weekend purely to allow a toy to boast about adventures abroad (true story, according to a conversation hubby had on Sunday morning), but we did feel that our intended activities of ‘putting stuff in the loft’ and ‘tidying the house’ weren’t really note-worthy enough for Hermes’ diary, so a trip to the park was duly planned.
As the weather has recently turned decidedly more autumnal, we thought Hermes could really do with a scarf to keep warm. After conquering two at a time socks, I thought a scarf would be a great chance to have a crack at the next challenge on my knitting list; Cables. Again I trawled Ravelry for a simple pattern and found this which, though not brilliantly well written, was straightforward enough for me to follow and then adapt to fit the bill.
Hermes enjoyed the knitting and wanted in on it. I used part of a ball of James C. Brett Monsoon I had kicking around, which was a bit fluffy to work with, but I love the autumn colours, which looked just right on Hermes when we were out and about, and Pumpkin was delighted. I hope Hermes gets to keep his scarf now he’s back at school.
So, a successful Socktober, and cables accomplished. I think I’d better make finishing the cardigan my target for NaKniSweMo, or it will get pushed aside for more interesting projects for ever more! And I’ll have to work out what’s next on my list of knitting challenges.
* not his real name.