Archive for April, 2009



April 8, 2009

I know I’ve been a bit lax in showing you finished objects of late so here are some socks I made recently.

They are made of Yarn D’Amour Freya BFL in Intrigue – a colourway they dyed specially for me :-). This yarn is so soft and buttery. Its so lovely to knit with 🙂

They are a pattern called Super Simple Short Socks by and feature a smooshy eye of partridge heel. I did mod them slightly by doing faux eye of partridge by slipping knitwise instead of purlwise which makes it more textural.

They are a gift for a dear friend and are winging there way to her now 🙂 (She never has time to read purplestocking so its safe to mention it on here!).


Building Blocks

April 5, 2009

I won an amazon voucher a week or so ago – a raffle ticket I had forgotten I had bought proved lucky!

I bought the Twisted Sisters Sock Workbook by Lynne Vogel with it and it arrived yesterday morning.

Its a fabulous book with lots of pictures and illustrations , showing sock yarn from the dying of roving through spinning it and then designing your own sock to suit you own feet.

The last of these really appealed to me as I have narrow ankles but large calves, and small feet with long toes, hence most patterns have to be altered to fit comfortably. At the moment i end up making ankle socks to avoid fitting them to my calves but as the year progresses I know I’ll need longer socks,

As one of my families favourite sayings goes “Invest in your bed and shoes, if you aren’t in one, you’re probably in the other”. I think this holds true for socks too. Investing time in your socks is kindness to your feet. (Another is “Use Both Hands” from my habit of doing 2 things at once – usually eating and reading at the same time….At least when i knit, I am using both hands!)

Although its not what they call them I love the ‘building blocks’ approach to knitting socks, picking and choosing cast ons, ribbings/cuffs, heels and toes and cementing them together with the leg and foot.

I look forward to trying out some of the methods involved, including a fancy rib cuff and an hourglass heel. I’m going to try toe up after that i think. There is even instructions for toe socks that I’ve always loved but struggled to find comfortable as the toes were rarely the correct length.

This book is designed to be inspiring and it is…, I wonder if I have room in the kitchen for a dye pot…..


Spring Tendrils

April 5, 2009

Something is growing on my needles! See that yellow stalk?

This is just a glimpse of the ‘secret project’ I’m working on.