Wednesday, 14 October 2009

Socks Rock

Now I may have mentioned this before, but my long held ambition when it comes to knitting is to knit a perfect Toast style pair of cashmere socks ( and of course then to toast my toes in front of an open fire somewhere heathery and windswept, a la Toast Catalogue!). This desire to knit socks has been met with mostly loving scepticism it must be said. You see as yet my knitting output has been limited to scarves and blankets and beany hats.

Anyway with this in mind I signed up to 'Knit Socks in a Morning' at Stash Yarns in Putney, London. Oh what fun it was. The ever patient Nic showed us the magical world of turning a heel, knitting a gusset (who knew that a sock had a gusset?)and the Kitchener Toe! (A reference to Lord Kitchener the British Secretary of State for War in the 1st World War 1914-1918, below in his iconic recruitment poster. I guess everyone was knitting socks for soldiers, so thus the Kitchener Toe?)

At the end of it I had produced something of which I was inordinately proud. Now I am going to show you a picture and I want you not to laugh!

So this is my sock, kindly modelled by Bunny, who after a Cinderella style audition amongst the soft toys was found to be the only animal with a suitably strange shaped foot!

OK, so it's not the finest sock you may have ever seen, but as my sock teacher said, it has all the bits in place, it just needs it's proportions sorting out! So anyway, full of sock joie de vivre I have started a proper big sock, here it is, looks OK so far, no?


  1. Your sock looks fantastic!!!

    I never knew a sock has a gusset either! I love knitting socks but don't happen to have one on the needles at the moment.

    Love your sock yarn! What yarn is it?

  2. Hi

    Thanks for your note and encouragement on the sock knitting! The yarn is Trekking XXL colour is 405, I'm knitting on 3.25 needles but think it would be better on slightly smaller needles?

  3. If I was closer we would have a cuppa! Oh, how I miss merry ole England. Your site is so neat. Going to take a knitting class to knit a pair of socks and a pair of mittens. Thanks for sharing this site. will you celebrate Guy Fawkes night aswell?

    Cheers. Helen, Denver, Co. USA