I finally took pictures of the knee high lacy socks that I knitted in April. They are knitted with Elle Stretch DK, which IS acrylic, but it means that I can knit knee high socks that stay up because they are elastic. The pattern was from a free sock supplement with Knit Today magazine in the Spring. I bought the yarn intending to knit a different pattern in the supplement but decided I preferred the lace design of the Rowan 4 Ply Soft pattern instead. So I switched! It was an easy pattern repeat to learn and I really enjoyed knitting them. It’s a top down pattern with a grafted toe and the only thing I didn’t like was the heel flap and having to pick up stitches. But I don’t like picking up stitches generally. I ended up with a ball and a half of the yarn left so today while I was in Trowbridge I bought another ball of black and two balls of a burgundy/purple so that I can knit another pair of knee high socks that stay up – I’m thinking of vertical stripes…. While I was there I got distracted by these shoes (as you do!) and thought that they would look great with my knee socks, be perfect for work as they are not too high or dressy and they really reminded me of the shoes Betty wore in Ugly Betty (I saw a rerun of it this morning so it was obviously fate). I also bought a new set of 2.5mm dpns so that I can have two socks on the needles at once.
This week I have been combining knitting with exercise, no I haven’t been knitting on a treadmill. I have been listening to knitting podcasts while I walk or cycle every evening after work. I’ve discovered a route that is about 5-6 miles and takes me 80 mins to walk and 40 mins to cycle, and Brenda Dayne of Cast On has been with me all week. It makes the time go so much quicker if I’m distracted by Brenda’s knitting news and essays. Normally on my bike I’m just thinking about how much my legs hurt, how tiring it is or do I really have to cycle up this hill but with knitting talk to listen to I hardly notice any of that. I’m listening to back “issues” as I only discovered podcasts a couple of months ago so I have about 36 episodes still to listen to so that is about 7 weeks of exercising.
I’m currently knitting a pair of toe up Widdershins purple and pink socks for my friend Bex. We met up last Sunday afternoon and afterwards I realised that she loves pink and purple and I have a ball of each in Opal Uni that I can’t use for myself as it’s wool therefore making me itch so I cast on some socks there and then. Bex’s feet are a little bigger than mine and my Tofutsies are a little big as I forgot that knitted fabric stretches when you put it on so I’m knitting the foot part the same size and will just add a few increases after the heels as her ankles and calves are a little wider. Should be fine – hope they fit.
I’ve booked my ticket for the knitting and stitching show at Alexandra Palace next month and I’m getting really excited!