Published May 30, 2009
Tags: crafts, knitting, socks, thread, yarn
Knitting socks with self striping yarn is quick and easy, and can be done without problems in front of the TV. My latest knitting project however, is not recommended for TV-knitting as you have to concentrate on the pattern. I tried that on the second pair when I thought I “knew” the pattern, but had to unstitch several times. Still, it is such a fun pattern that I have already started on my third pair of socks.
Here are a couple of photos of the second pair, – I forgot to take photos of the first pair before I gave them away, – they were knitted with yarns in offwhite and black.
The pattern is from Jorids Strikkemønster. The text is in Norwegian only, but the diagrams are very good. The pattern at the top of the page there is a free download.
When planning and packing for my rehab stay, I aimed for a variation of “toys”. Even though sewing is a great hobby, you can get pretty fed up if you have nothing else to do.
I have enjoyed doing the English paper piecing so far, but also enjoy knitting. Even though the patchwork pieces are small and handy, nothing beats a simple, straightforward knitting project as a pick-me-up-during-a-three-minute-break project. It sits ready in its bag, needles, thread and project in one bundle, just grab it and do some stitches, then put it back into the bag. No extra glasses to put on to thread the needle, no extra equipment to bring out and organize, like scissors, spool of thread, thimble, paper and fabric…. I feel I need a bigger time slot to sit down with the pathcwork than with the knitting.
And then there is the benefit of variation, of course.
The most straighforward, no-brainer knitting projects in my opinion are socks made from just one bundle of yarn. When made with painted yarn such as in the photo above, you can just knit and knit, and the stripey pattern emerges all by itself.
Whose feet are going to be kept warm? The grandkids’ of course. Knitting socks is a granny thing.