It’s mid winter here in New Zealand, in fact we have just passed the shortest day of the year. So it seems fitting that I have been knitting warm wooly socks lately. I knit my socks on two needles, finished with a seam up on side. Here they are showing those tricky heels all done, ready to start on the foot.
This thick wool knits up very quickly, and it wasn’t too long until they were finally completed and the seams stitched up.
To keep my toes cozy for winter
See those cream accents? I used up the last remaining wool left over from when I knitted my wool cardigan, finally completed in 2019. There's a bit of a story about this cream 12ply wool. I purchased it many years ago when my two grand-daughters were young, with the aim to make them a cable jumper each. That didn’t happen, so I decided to knit it up for myself. This pattern is knitted in one piece for the fronts and back, not something I had done before. All the knitting was finished, the sleeves, collar and front bands too, and then it got put away again – the story of my life! It finally got completed at long last, and is so lovely and cozy to wear on the cold winter days.
I’ve started another pair of warm wool socks again, this time in blue. As well as a pair of “secret socks” for my grand daughter using fine 4ply wool – she had asked me for a pair so I couldn’t refuse, could I? The fine wool socks take me so long to knit, and are good to take on long car journeys as mindless knitting, I find.
A new pair of socks on the go
Sadly I’ve found that after my spinal surgery, sitting at the sewing machine (even for short periods of time) causes me back pain, probably because I tend to lean forward over the machine. So I’m having a break from the machine for a while – so frustrating as there is such a lot I want to get on with. But better to be safe than sorry, and I can spend more time on my knitting and hand stitching while sitting in my comfy chair.