Cosy Toes

Indie Stitches Socks-7 Recently I purchased a book called Socks from the Toe Up, by Wendy Johnson. Since it arrived in the mail I’ve thought of pretty much nothing else but knitting socks. I knit my first pair last year for my Dad for fathers day using the Mr Pitts Socks pattern I found on Ravelry. They were from the top down and while I don't mind this method I find I’d rather knit now from the toe up. The pattern I am using for these socks is the Slip Stitch Heel Basic Socks pattern from Wendy's book- Ravelled here.

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I tried to knit 2 at a time to start with and found it easy enough but I had to keep looking at what I was doing otherwise I kept getting the balls of yarn mixed up. After I had knit the toes for both I decided to move one onto another set of needles and just do one at a time. I found this more comfortable and much faster. I like to read while I knit, thats the other reason one at a time works much better for me- I prop my kindle on my lap on a pillow so I can see it and flick across with my little finger while I knit. Any pattern that requires more concentration than  great lots of knit or purl stitches I don't read with, I listen to podcasts instead.

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These socks are for my Mum for Mother’s day. I know I’ve a few months left to go until Mother’s day but I wanted to give them earlier so she can wear them as the weather cools down. I’ve used Stroll Tweed from Knit Picks in Indigo Heather. Its lovely and soft, a mix of merino and nylon. It can  be washed normally in the washing machine, no special care required so its a perfect yarn for knitting something to be given as a gift.

Since knitting these I’ve started another pair but this time for myself using Knit Picks Chroma fingering weight. I am calling them my unicorn socks. Ive also adapted the pattern to knit a smaller pair for Eddie out of some left over Bendigo Woollen Mills 4ply I had sitting around. I found another book by Wendy called Toe Up socks for Every Body and I am wondering if there are some patterns in toddler sizes in the book. My local bookstore doesn't have a copy so I cant flick through it. If anyone has a copy and is able to tell me if there are toddler sizes I’d be most grateful.

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My goal this year is to knit all of Eddie's socks for winter and a couple of pairs for Wal and myself. I’ll do another pair for my Dad for fathers day too. Its such a lovely feeling to know I can make things for my family that they need, that will keep them warm and that they'll appreciate and love.

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Does anyone else read while they knit? If you don't read do you watch TV or listen to Podcasts? I’d love some good podcast suggestions if you have some.

I hope you're enjoying the cooler weather, I know I am!