More socks

There is still little in the way of sewing going on here, due in part to accountancy exams, in part to refreshing the house yet again to go back on sale this weekend, in part to being busy with small folks and their activities, and in part to just wanting to sit on the sofa at the end of the day with my husband,  a stiff gin, a box set and the needles.

Nothing to complain about, just the sewing machine is gathering dust.  Next week will be a different story as I’m on a deadline to make a blouse for my friend Liz before she heads off to Australia on the 29th.

However the benefit of sitting and knitting is that the husband’s hand knit sock tally has increased by 3 pairs.  Obviously I’ve used my usual pattern by Regia, but it’s lovely to see how the same sock looks completely different when you change the yarn.

First up it’s Manos del Uruguay Alegria in Tannat (A6729).  This yarn is a joy to knit with. If I could only ever choose one yarn to knit with for the rest of my life I’m pretty sure I’d knit with this.  It’s just gorgeous.

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Next is Sirdar Heart & Sole in “Find Your Sea Legs”.  This yarn is more utilitarian but, funnily enough, hubby prefers this slightly.  I think it holds it’s shape a little more than the softer Manos.

And, of course, there’s the awesome stripes to consider too!  Just the most perfect stripes, no?

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You’ll notice that these socks are a little longer than I normally make.  That decision was driven by the stripes.  I really wanted to finish a full stripe repeat before turning the heel. And I must add that if you’re a beginner sock knitter this yarn makes it super easy to match the stripes.  Bonus!

Last up are the Happy Camper socks, again Sirdar Heart and Sole.  I’ll be honest that I wouldn’t have chosen this colour if it had been down to me.  But it wasn’t.  So I knit them. They turned out better than I’d anticipated and the mister is happy, which is what matters when it comes to socks!

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As you can imagine, by the time I’d finished with these I was finished with socks for the time being.  So I’m relieved pleased to say that the Longfellow cardigan is done, in the wardrobe and will probably be worn out before I get the chance to photograph it (I’m only joking…I just need a weekend day that isn’t dark and grey), and I’ve done the front and almost all of the back of Lemongrass.

So, that’s me for now.  Please bear with me if I’m a bit “missing in action”.  I’m hoping by Easter things will be a bit slower, but, knowing how life goes, probably not.

And whilst I’m not doing much sewing, I’ve been doing quite a bit of plotting.  Shall I put my thoughts down here, or would that bore you senseless.  Do let me know!

10 Responses to More socks

  1. Kim Hood says:

    Lovely socks. They really are a perfect project to relax on the sofa at the end of the day, aren’t they?
    I also seem to spend more time planning than sewing at present. I think that having a record on the blog works as a reminder for yourself – life tends to squeeze non essentials out of my brain and I forget what I wanted.

    • Pendle Stitches says:

      Thanks! I love socks when I’m out and about too. After all my protestations I cast on another pair from the stash this morning whilst having coffee with my knitty friends.

      You are completely right about having a record. I don’t have the bandwidth to remember my own name some days at the moment! 😉

  2. Those are lovely socks. You really are a prolific knitter. Know how you feel about everything. Life is getting in the way of sewing here too. Hope that the plotting creates something fabulous. Xx

    • Pendle Stitches says:

      Life just takes up too much fun time at the moment. I’m not at all sure how you manage with all the moving and travelling and being away from Sprogzilla. So hard.

      Glad you like the socks!

  3. Ooh ooh ooh, tell us the plans – love reading about them! I’m sewing my way through a boring but wearable list of things at the moment. Those socks are gorgeous, lucky husband.

    • Pendle Stitches says:

      Hubby is hilarious. He’ll hoick a trouser leg and flash a hand knit covered ankle at the slightest provocation. He’s like some surreal Dickensian wench!

      I shall plan out loud then! 😀 Although I suspect they’ll all end up being eminently plain and sensible items too.

  4. Sonja says:

    Wow! These are just beautiful!

  5. Jane G says:

    loving all your socks, I need to get my finger out, Daniel loves his hand knitted socks and wants more. Poor Jonathan hasn’t got his pair yet

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