Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Knitting Away the Winter Blues (First Knit Socks)



With the cold weather and short daylight hours, January can be tough. 

To beat the winter blues, I knit. I had a pile of handspun yarn that I decided to put to use. 

Using a 3 ply Border Leicester/Romney (natural colored and dyed) I tried a new hat pattern. 





Lion Brand Tweed Beginners Hat

I made some wrist warmers-






Dishcloths for my step mom.
(free tutorial from Very Pink)




And last but not least, I finally checked knitting socks off of my bucket list!  Yay!



I found a simple pattern, that came with a tutorial that walks you through every step. There is a cost of 8.00, but I thought it was well worth it. The pattern uses size 5 double pointed needles and worsted weight  yarn. It was my first time knitting with double pointed needles, so using the larger size needles and yarn was a big help.  I found it challenging and my  first sock has multiple mistakes...second sock went much better (after ripping it out-more than once, and starting over again). It makes for a mismatched pair, but I am wearing them anyway!

With the knitting projects,  I was able to be productive and hold back the stir crazy!

What projects are you working on this winter?








13 comments:

  1. Wow! That looks great! I am finishing up a cross stitch and getting rid of clutter! I might be able to do the the dish cloth but the hat would be hard. Thank you for sharing!

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    1. It has been a long time since I have done cross stitch. I have one project, I always meant to frame, but never did.
      The hat is an easy pattern. It is a flat piece with a sewn seam. I bet you could do it!

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  2. I have one knitted dishcloth on my knitting needles (pattern free on my blog), I'm working on a 4 year old granny square blanket, a scrap cotton floor rug (crochet) and a new baby blanket (which will be for sale after completed). I hope to learn how to knit socks when the granny project is finished.

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    1. I love the granny square blankets! I remember my mom making those.
      You sound busy :)

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  3. I wish I could knit! That is one thing that I've never been able to do. My mother, and grandmothers all knitted. Crochet is something I do well but am in awe of the beautiful knitwork others do! Beautiful!

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    1. Thanks Dolly! My mom crochets, I don't know how many blankets she has made over the years. I want to learn how to do the crocheted flowers-I love them!

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  4. You must be an excellent knitter as those socks look great. Love the hat and mitts, too.
    I'm such a lazy knitter lately. I have a hat started but quit when I noticed a dropped stitch several rows back. Argh. I love knitted dishcloths and haven't used one from the store since I started knitting back in the 90s.
    Have a great week!
    Toni

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    1. Thank you Teri! There are plenty of mistakes :) The dishcloths are really nice. I love not having to buy them anymore.

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  5. The socks are lovely, Sandra! I have not knitted anything since I finished Christmas presents, but socks are on my list of things to learn. Thank you for sharing this :-)

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  6. Hey, congrats on your first pair of handknit socks!! You do know it's addictive? I bet they are wonderful to wear. Great projects all around. I can't imagine life without knitting, it's so relaxing and rewarding, plus you get to knit with wool from your own sheep. How cool is that??

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  7. You've been busy! Congrats on the socks! Once you start though, it's like a bag of potato chips....one is never enough!

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