I’ve started knitting. Socks to be exact! I’ve always been curious about sock knitting and was then inspired by Amanda of Hey Porkchop and her awesome collection of hand knit socks. Amanda recommended the book Socks from the Toe Up by Wendy D. Johnson. The book is beautifully photographed, full of lovely lace patterns and great tips for beginners. I did end up using the internet to look up most of the techniques suggested in the book. YouTube proved to be an invaluable resource.
I love the Addi Turbo lace circulars. I started out using wooden double pointed needles intending to make one sock at a time but since then have learned two at a time socks on one circular needle and I’m really enjoying it. Sure, it takes a bit longer to see the progress but now I will have two socks when I reach the end.
Another adventure I didn’t anticipate when I started knitting was yarn dyeing. I wanted all the crazy variegated yarns that I kept seeing on Pinterest so I did what any sane full time working mother of three would do. I learned to dye my own yarn. Let me tell you, it is FUN! Pictured below are sock yarns that I’ve dyed.
There are only two tools you really need to knit socks and that are your needles and yarn. However, it doesn’t hurt to have a tape measure, some scissors and stitch markers all kept in a hedgehog zip pouch. Am I right? Also, I can’t get enough of these donut stitch markers that I made to accompany my knitting. They make me happy!
One last thought on knitting. It’s a portable craft. It’s so nice to have something to work on when you find yourself sitting in the car-rider line at school, in a forever-long waiting room and even enjoying a latte at your local coffee shop.