While I'm waiting for my next jumper wools to arrive, I decided to knit a pair of socks. My tastes in socks are pretty basic - I don't need to do anything special for something hidden under my trousers. I still use the same pattern I used when I first learned.
These socks were knit in the Regia Design Line Landscape, “Canyon”. The colourway was designed by Kaffe Fassett and is gorgeous. I bought the wool from a MWK brother – Kiwi James. James has started a fine on-line sock wool boutique and it will be up and running very soon.
I used a 2.5 mm needle for the body and a 2 mm needle for the heel flap. I knit both socks at the same time on a pair of circular needs; it took 10 days to complete the pair. Believe me, do both at the same time on a pair of circ’s – no more single sock syndrome!
I’d not knit a pair of socks for 4 years but it all came back to me quickly. I first learned to knit because I wanted to knit a pair of argyle socks. I had learned the knitting basics, but had only knit a baby cardigan when I signed up for the class. The problem was that one had to be an experienced knitter to take the class. So, I quickly bought some knitting wool, a pattern for a man’s jumper and set to knitting it. After 2 weeks, I’d finished it just in time for the class. When I got to the class, I was certain I’d either end up sent to the remedial table or expelled from the class. I so took to knitting socks that I knit 2 pairs before anyone else in the class had finished one pair! I never did knit any argyle socks – to fussy to be bothered with. I like to knit socks, not only because they are practical but also because I feel connected to all the knitters in the past, especially those who knitted for soldiers in all the wars.