I've been wanting to learn to knit socks for a few years now. The major impediment--apart from my usual preoccupations and distractions--is the fact that I normally knit with a needle under my arm. That just doesn't go with the 4 double pointed needles required to knit a sock. I've gradually been getting used to using circular needles and am just about ready to try the double pointed ones again. Of course, my usual preoccupations and distractions haven't gone away; and I do have the work for my Spinning Certificate folio to get done, but now I have one more valuable resource to help me, and the added motivation of a happy Christmas gift to encourage me on my way.
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
They say, "Christmas comes but once a year". Somehow this year mine is extending beyond the usual limits. One of my gifts on Christmas morning was a bright, original, creative gift voucher. It was so nicely done that it would have made a gift in itself, but it actually had money in it too. My friend A knew that I would like a textile book as my gift, but they don't have a good range of those where she lives. Since she's only 16 and works hard for her money, I particularly appreciated her generosity. This week the Guild Craft Supply is open again. The voucher felt so special, that I took the whole thing along with me to chose a book. I'm not sure that the women on duty quite knew what to make of it: it's big and bright and was quite obvious in my hands. I found this book on sock knitting: It fits all my criteria for a good textile book: clearly and attractively presented, with lots of principles and techniques and a few good examples of work. It seems to cover all the basics of knitting socks, plus contains lots of scope for exploring and designing my own.