We’re in the run up to Christmas. The festive season that delivers a back-to-back calendar of parties, yet encourages us to dig deep and produce a gazillion handmade presents.
So, let’s talk about socks that I knitted for myself.
These are my third pair of hand knitted socks. I truly love them! They took about six weeks to knit and were my first attempt at magic loop knitting. Thanks to my blog readers, I took the plunge into this technique. Despite my fears, I am humbled to report that magic loop is easy. Easier than my previous attempts with double pointed needles. Lesson learnt. Don’t be scared of learning.
I tried hard to improve my technique, building on my last pair of socks. Familiarity makes sock knitting easier, but these still aren’t perfect. Shall we all stop trying to be perfect? Never gonna happen. Not in my world of making.
I’m glad to report that Stray Cats sock wool goes through the washing machine with no ill effect. On a 30 degree wash, the wool softens up and becomes even more scrumptious.
Three pairs of socks in, I recommend this as a knitting project that brings both challenges and comfort in an achievable timeline. Crucially, sock knitting is portable – perfect for family visits over Christmas. Though, if I had to choose a Christmas Day activity, I might err on the side of sipping Baileys. Sorry, socks. I’ll wear you anyway…