True to my word, I did indeed finish the Long Socks on the weekend in Sydney, although my attempt was not without its obstacles. Early on Sunday morning, woken by the sounds of a city that is far too noisy for my liking, I was knitting in bed. When I put the knitting down for a moment and was doing something else, like reaching for the TV remote I think, I leaned on the needle – a 2.25mm knit picks harmony.
No more needle.
Thankfully we’d chosen a hotel not more than ten minutes walk from Morris and Sons and so after breakfast we were able to head there and avert the crisis. I’m being honest when I say I hadn’t planned on a visit to one of Sydney’s best yarn shops while there but I’m sure no one will believe me!
Anyway, I worked on said socks at any spare moment on the weekend, including over quite a few beers at the Lord Nelson Hotel at The Rocks and at the Amanda Palmer concert at the Opera House. All the way through the show! You’ve gotta love a sit down concert where listening is everything. It’s perfect for a huge slab of stocking stitch.
So without further ado, seven months in the making, my Knee High Socks, with stripes. And baby. Love our coordinated knitwear!
When I pictured how these photos would look, I had visions not quite like this. Alice was not at her most cooperative today, despite all the effort Mummy went to with her outfit.
She honestly wasn’t as grumpy as she looks here.
So, about the details. These started out because DrK gave me two balls of this Kaffe Fasset Regia Sock yarn for my birthday IN JULY LAST YEAR. I was then offered a spare ball by Nellie and I thought, oh yes, knee high socks, with stripes. Away I went.
Nearly four balls later – well three and a bit – I have my knee high socks and I love them. I’m not sure what possessed me to do them on 2.25 needles. I’m sure that slowed things down but it was worth it because they are firm, and solid and will hopefully stay up for a long time.
I didn’t follow a pattern with these so much as just took a few pointers from others in terms of how and when to increase. It seems to have worked. A few people on Ravelry have written some helpful notes and so I took tips from them, cobbled together more or less what seemed to work for me and seven months later (way too long – I hate that they lingered for so long) I have my toe up knee high socks.
And I love them. But now, I think I need an interesting pattern. That’s enough stocking stitch sock knitting for the next little while. Oh wait, I still have my nephew’s socks. Best get cracking.