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Yippee I have a pair of socks

Yippee I have a pair of socks

Vickie Cole |

As many of you know I pledged to take up sock knitting this year for the New Year New Challenge we are having at the Guild meetings. Well I've done it I finished the pair last night just managing to sneak them into January.

I know loads of you have decided to follow me and take up sock knitting, we have sold a huge quantity of sock yarn and needles over the last few weeks. Please do keep us updated with how you are getting on.

I will confess I did cast them on with dpn's needles and very quickly decided they weren't for me. I ended up doing magic loop with Knitpro Symfonie circulars and it was actually quite pleasurable. I think that must be what put me off the one and only time I've tried in the past I used dpn's and hated every minute of it.

For yarn I used a skein of my hand dyed yarn that I'd saved from you lot, it was too gorgeous to sell so it never actually made it to the shop. If I remember rightly it was a colourway called crocus that I dyed last spring and it's been sat in my stash ever since waiting for me to do decide what to do with it.

I also had on my bookshelf The Big Book of Socks which we sell in the shop and I thought I would start with the basic adult size fingering weight flap and gusset sock on page 41. I found the instructions to be very straight forward and easy to follow I soon had a sock knitted the only problem was having to knit a second. I got there though and I now have a brand new pair of socks to wear and what's more I'm going to cast on another pair tonight!

I'm intending to work my way through The Big Book of Socks trying out different techniques and patterns and lets face it sock knitting is really portable. It will be coming on the train with me in few weeks time.

Do you have a favourite sock pattern? Do you prefer dpn's, magic loop or mini circulars? As always we love to hear from you so go ahead and bombard me with your sock knitting tips.