Thursday, 14 July 2016

My first pair of socks!

Ta da!
Apologies for the hideous 70s carpet!

I have fulfilled one of my new years resolutions, the singular press up is still looking like a bit of a pipe dream! Socks it turns out are not actually that hard, and everyone I spoke to, even my great uncle who (as far as I know) has no interest whatsoever in knitted told me to beware the heel turn! But it was actually fine, don't know what they were all talking about.

The socks look extra impressive because I used self striping yarn, which is, as far as I can tell anyway, magic! The shade I used was called Fall Night and can be found here. You could make a pair of short socks with one ball but I wanted my first pair to be special so knitted almost a whole ball into each one. Of course that does mean that these socks cost me £10.38 which seems a little ridiculous (I am supposed to be a poor university student after all) but I brought each ball individually so it didn't seem so bad at the time.

If anyone's interested in knitting some socks I found this video really helpful for the basics, it shows how to cast on the toe and turn the heel.

Happy knitting!

Thursday, 7 July 2016

Black and White snood

And with great skillful skill and with great speedy speed, I took the soft tuft, and I knitted a Thneed! Well a snood at least :).

It was knitted on 8.5 mm straight needles with two strands of aran yarn held together (one white, one black). Each row is 40 stitches of knit 2 purl 2 rib. Because it was so thick I only made it long enough to wrap around my neck once so it was about 95 cm and then I just sewed the two ends together. I've never done anything with two different colours knitted together at the same time before but I'm rather pleased with how it turned out.

If I'm honest I didn't really need another scarf but my mum had been buying wool for a jumper and asked me how she needed. Apparently 'you can never have too much wool' was the wrong answer because when I came back from university she had made the jumper and still had three huge balls of yarn left over. Still... you can never have too much wool! Scarves are incredibly boring to knit but I do quite like having a mindless project to go to when I just want to knit and watch some TV without having to think about it.

It's weird being back home form university, and weirder still to think that this could be my last summer here, if I get a job in Nottingham after I finish...urgh planning the future is scary and horrible. I think I shall just stick to knitting!