Hello April! It’s nearly the end of the second week already…
I’ve been away on a road trip trip holiday, up to locations in County Durham and Northumblerland, then to Dundee and Aberdeen, in Scotland. After a great time there we headed down to Yorkshire and stayed in Harrogate. I put a few pics on My Instagram account if you want to see.
It was a great trip and included catching up with quite a few friends. I finally went to Seaham to collect sea glass too. That’s something I’ve wanted to do for a few years, or more, since reading about the Victorian glass factory which tipped its waste into the sea. Read here for info, if you’re interested.
Just a selection of what we found (not my hand!)
I’m so pleased with my appropriately Easter egg shaped find!
One of the best bits last weekend was enjoying the company of Trish of Made by Patch blog (you could hassle her nicely about returning to blogging if you like) and Mr Patch over the weekend. The men were off doing their own thing for the morning and we got together for an hour or so. We were sitting in a comfy hotel lobby, on a squashy sofa with all sorts of sock knitting paraphernalia spread around us. It worked well until some bouncy young and very loud South Africans came to the adjacent sofa. But no matter; it was nearly time to meet the group and I’d finally got my sock knitting confidence back.
Over 1,000 miles later and we are home to a bag full of chocolate. It’s one of those Sainsbury’s Bags for Life; they aren’t at all small. We forgot to take any away with us. I’m rationing mine unnaturally well so far, like the good girl that I never was, and so it’s maybe going to last a long time.
You’ll maybe note that the sock above is not quite the sock you see below; the heel part originally purple, is now cream. There is the beginning of a gusset and the circular needles are back in play above. Yes well, I have been named a True Perfectionist by my sock knitting coach Trish but it was not right stitch count wise. I decided it’s not like me to fudge it, especially on the first attempt, as the second sock will have to be too. So, I’ve redone the heel flap to be slightly shorter and turned the heel, this time ending on 20, not 18 stitches. That seems better as I cast on 64. I’ve also taken pains to make sure the foot section will be 32 and not 35! I think it was originally 32 but wrongly placed markers were to probably to blame. I’d started the k2tog and ssk decreases too and decided they would show if I altered the line. I didn’t want to start with the sock on the wrong foot, boom-boom! Ahem.
As the book is a guide rather than an exact pattern, especially you’re casting on more or fewer than 60 stitches, I’m counting everything as I go and making copious notes. I’m hopefully going to be clear about what I’ve done when I come to do the second sock.
It’s fair to say this sock has been a long time in the knitting…
My sock knitting timeline:
June 2016 Trish wins a giveaway including a copy of Christine Perry’s Sock book (all info also available for free on her Winwick Mum blog) but had a copy already so gives it to me
Christine updates the 2015 book and I print out the extra update sheets
Become confused by all of the info, hide it away for a while
May 2017 Buy 2 balls of Regina Design Line ‘Jazz colour’ by Erika Knight yarn and my first 2.5 mm tiny Addi circulars and dpns
Knit the ribbing and knit the leg, it’s fun! I seem to be able to do it!
June 2017 Deep breaths and do the heel flap, that’s ok too. But the next bit? Oh my lord I am confused.
July 2017 Hide or shuffle feet and hum when anyone mentions sock knitting
February 2018 Post a photo on Instagram of the sock so far, because Trish and I have arranged to meet up for a coaching session on April. I tentatively think I might have an actual sock by the end of the year. Maybe even a pair.
April 2018 Meet up on Saturday 7th, turn the heel with Trish knitting along at the same point. She’s a star.
Mr Patch comes back and shows me he is wearing his pair. They’re fab. He loves that they’re so comfortable with no seams which rub. He also complains it took two years to complete them, so I have a feeling he’s angling for more pairs.
Timeline to be continued…..
We got chatting to a woman later that day, surrounded by 8k people (really) who were drinking beer / gin / vodka. She stood out because she was starting a sock, amongst a sea of people who were not knitting. I just had to go and chat to her. She was making a pink and blue Checkerboard sock, her husband heard us chatting and pulled up his jean legs to show us his homemade socks. He loves them he told us. I made absolutely no promises about knitting Someone his own pair!
*If* I ever have a complete sock to show, then get round to another, only then will we see about promises to nearest and dearests.
As well as knitting, I’m reading A Kind Man by Susan Hill. It’s a library book. Last time I went in I found 5 books straight away; so have quite a stack. I’m three quarters of the way through and although I’ve always loved the author’s writing style, I am finding the turn the story’s taken a bit weird. I just wanted to stay looking out at the fields and feeding the chickens for longer. I wonder how it will end?
What are you making and reading? Have you travelled anywhere new recently? Have a Bag for Life full of chocolate too?
I’m joining in with Ginny’s April Yarn Along.
You absolutely will have socks on your feet! You’re doing brilliantly well – all your learning is done on the first sock so by the time you cast on your second, you’re going to sail through it :) xx
Whoop! Thank you so much Christine. xx
I agree! They look fab!
I am in awe of anyone who knits socks. Good for you for persevering. Had to laugh at the rowdy South Africans – what gave them away as being from this part of the world? – or shouldn’t I ask?!!!!! :)
I am envious of your road trip. I feel I am long overdue for one myself, but it will have to stay on the back burner for a while to come.
I almost didn’t put their nationality as I just knew I’d get a comment – it was their accent that gave it away!
Ah I hope you get away soon.
Oooh I love your sea glass, my family live in Northumberland and we spent many hours as children collecting sees glass. For my birthday I received some beautiful aqua sea glass earrings made locally at Amble.
It looks like you had a really lovely time and I am impressed with your dock making
Haha, I’ve only ever knitted one pair of socks, yours look fab!
Was it that bad an experience Mandy?
I love them but they took soooo long…. and you have to make two! :)
Yes…that’s why I wonder if I’ll just have to hop sometimes!
Mr P can have Thing 1’s socks soon because I have a feeling that his feet are about to get too big for them!!! That will keep him quiet while I knit Thing 1 some new ones. To be fair it took much longer than two years for his because he was at the very back of the queue!!!