Cuddle up and knit!

One of the things I always wanted to learn was how to knit socks. However, as quite a few people proclaimed that it’s rather difficult, it took me a while to take the plunge. And I’m happy to say: ‘It’s lots of fun and pretty straightforward!’. And in case you also feel like cuddling up and knitting, here’s what I’ve done.

I started with a free knitting pattern – a leaflet for Regia sock yarn – I picked up from John Lewis (Oxford Street, London). However, as the Regia range they had in stock wasn’t visually pleasing I went for a ball of grey and a ball of turquoise of Debbie Bliss Rialto DK instead. The pattern was quite well explained and my remaining questions were answered by helpful fellow knitters on YouTube.

And as I had so much fun I have now splashed out the money on the super cute ‘Knit Socks: 17 Classic Patterns for Cozy Feet’ by Betsy McCarthy.

I love the pattern on the cover and treated myself to a visit to the Wollfabrik last time I was in Hamburg, Germany. They have millions of types of wool in trillions of shades and one can choose how many strands one wants to have spun together. I picked up some lovely green, blue and white yarn in fingering weight.
And on a visit to a delightful little craft shop in St Ives (Cornwall) I found some short knitting needles – perfect for making socks. I didn’t know they existed, but gosh what a treat they are to use!

Here is a little sneak preview of my beginnings – more of the wooly wonderland of socks once I’m finished.

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