I’m back, well rested, de-germed and mildly more enthusiastic than I have been all week! Thank you for your get well messages, you are such a lovely, lovely bunch. I’ve spent the last week blowing my nose, knitting, crocheting, sleeping (oh my goodness, so much sleeping!) reading, eating toast and not much else, and I’m glad to be back in full health again! I’ve been quite productive, so have plenty to show you in good time!
Today I felt normal enough to attend Sock Boot Camp, held at Knitting Pretty, one of my very favourite LYS’s in Karori Mall. Lana is a sock whizz and is teaching all of the methods of sock knitting, and students turn up to the classes they want to learn. I’ve been waiting for them to finish socks on two needles, and as today was the first class on DPN’s, I slathered moisturiser on my peeling nose, attempted to conceal the bags under my eyes, (I’m noticing colds take their toll these days!) packed up my sock knitting kit and trundled off to Karori!
I’m really into sock knitting, my Mum is an avid sock knitter, and knits birthday socks for us every year. I love my birthday socks and have a huge collection on them as they are so well made, they last and last and last. While they take forever to knit, they’re something I have been wanting to make for ever. Do you want to meet my Mum? I haven’t told you this before, but I ghost-write (ha!) a blog for my Mum to advertise her flower shop. I get paid one 100gm ball of Ashford Tekapo per week, but am only allowed to do one post per week, because let’s face it, I’d do two per day if I was allowed! It hasn’t been going for long, but today I did a post on my Mum’s socks! So if you want to go and see her and say hello, click here! Writing a personal craft blog is soooooooooo different to writing a businessy blog! Don’t forget to leave her a comment telling her how lovely her daughter is!
Ages ago I read in Debbie Stoller’s Stitch and Bitch book, her memories of her grandmother… I pulled it out to quote her: “From the time she first learned to knit, at age six, my grandmother was responsible for knitting socks to cover each of the thirty feet in her family.” Her memory of her grandmother has really stayed with me, that back then, knitting was a necessity rather than an art form. Feet got cold, just as they do now, but back then, there were no sweat shops mass-producing cute spotty socks, or socks with cartoon owls on them which end up with holes in the toes after two wears. (Uh oh, I’m on my soapbox now!) People knitted socks because they needed socks, and since then, I’ve wanted to make my own socks. And KB’s socks too, because I think that would be awesome. I want to lessen my impact on the earth as life goes on, and each year try to change a few things about the way I live and my impact on others. So this year, I’m going to start knitting socks, because even though I don’t buy many socks (thanks to Mum) KB does and I do buy some, and this is something small that I can change. Aaaaaaaand…. I’ve been typing for ages with no pictures, I promise this is the last thing! I am veeeery inspired by the lovely Gilly at Tickety-Boo who has just made her first pair of lovely socks, and when I saw hers, well, that was that, I wanted some coooool socks like that too, so I enrolled at Sock Boot Camp. (Thank you for the inspiration Gilly!)
So now I’ve told you all about why I am inspired to become a sock knitter, let me show you my socks-to-be!
Rainbowey goodness! I loooooooove this sockenwolle (!), it’s one of the latest, and definitely the best colourways from Opal and even though I’m not very far into my first band, I’m having heaps of fun knitting it!
As the weather has become a bit chillier, I wore my new hat to Sock Boot Camp, I finished it last night, washed it, spun it and then blocked it in the airing cupboard…. KB called it the chef hat because when I was knitting it, it did look like a chef hat, and admittedly still does when it’s lying down, but once it is on, oh my, it’s my perfect hat. It’s a floppy big hat and is just where I’m at in terms of style… I think I’m going to have a hundred of these by the time I’m sick of the pattern!
I made this one from 100% NZ merino which is spun a bit differently, almost like it is felted, and as it is on 4.5mm needles after the 18 rows of ribbing (I nearly died but it is soooo worth the effort!) is loose and comfy.
It is so soft and merinolicious… despite an ever-growing pile of WIP’s and far too many projects whizzing around in my mind, I’m aleady halfway through a red possum merino one for KB. A smaller one, mind, as her head is small, but that’s a post in itself! (Coming soon, I promise!)
So my hat and I went out, 20 minutes later I sadly discovered that it’s still too warm to wear a hat so it ended up in my bag. Two hours later I had accomplished this:
I’m going to knit them both at once so I don’t end up with one single sock, or single sock syndrome, which will very likely happen! Hopefully in a few weeks I’ll have an FO to show you!
OK, well, I’ve blathered enough about socks, and I have to go and get dinner ready before KB gets home from work…. but before I go I want to show you a gift I was given by my dear friend Sandra, *thank you*… Ages ago I asked her to make me a knitting needle case, as she is a quilter… I was expecting a pouch really, nothing exciting, but last week she presented me with this case which she had made for me by an incredible Wellington artisan… lucky lucky me, thank you dearest!
What a gift. I had so much fun filling it with my needles, it is so flash it has front pouches for circulars and everything.
Have a beautiful day,
lots of love, Alice and Raymond XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX