I learned to knit socks when I was at primary school - I was probably about nine. But I didn't knit any for years, until I knitted some kilt socks for Stuart and Malcolm - although Malcolm doesn't wear this pair with a kilt, he wears them with his work boots
then, when we moved here seven years ago, I bought a kit which included this free pattern. It also had the wool for the pair on the right, and since then I have knitted countless pairs using this pattern, including the pair in the centre for me, and the pair on the left for Malcolm
I rapidly discovered that sock knitting is addictive - and so is buying sock knitting books!
two-at-a-time socks on the left, and vintage ones on the right
I think the first photo I put on the blog was of this pair of socks - and they are still going strong all these years later!
it might look as if the toes don't match on this pair
but that's the heel on the one on the left. It's a pattern called the afterthought heel, and although it is easy to knit, I don't find them a good fit to wear. The stitches for the heel are knitted with waste yarn, then the heel is knitted after the main part of the sock is worked
so now to the current pair. This doesn't look much like a sock!
the seam is closed using a crochet hook
starting to look like a sock now!
I was getting worried as the ball of wool got smaller and smaller that I would run out - but there is a little bit left
I am going back to the free pattern for the next pair, as this yarn is so colourful, any pattern would be lost
do you think I might have said a naughty word when I dropped this pin box, in which I keep the pins and needles for sewing up my knitting
I will be very busy over the weekend at the workshops with Sheena, so I should have lots to share with you on Monday. I hope you have a good weekend, love Anne
*do you remember this tv programme, where "sock it to me" was a running joke?