Talking to a Sock

‘Never say never’ should be my motto as, despite saying on numerous occasions that ‘life is too short to turn a heel’, I have decided to give it a go and knit a pair of socks.  (I still truly believe that I will never stuff a mushroom though).

I have plans to knit quite chunky ones for wearing to yoga class, putting on with wellies and for general slobbing about the place.  I was inspired by one of my blogging friends, Lucie, who has successfully knitted a pair despite being fairly new to knitting.

I am not going to go mad, as I usually do when taking up something new, and buy special sock yarn etc. but I have bought a book , ordered a short circular needle – both recommended by Lucie – and  have dug out some worsted/aran weight yarn from my stash.  If it goes well, I will be perusing online stockists of sock making paraphernalia like a demon.

This is as far as I’ve got so, as you can see, there is no cause for great excitement quite yet – if indeed there is ever any cause to be greatly excited by a sock

FirstSockAs I am not yet in possession of ‘specialist’ equipment I am using  the magic loop method using one long circular needle.  I taught myself  this method, using Youtube videos (hooray for the internet),  to knit the sleeves of my ‘top down’ cardigan which I am nearly finished.

The title is referring to a saying often employed by Mr. Tialys  when he is trying to get a point through to one of the Madamoiselles  and, as they glaze over,  he says it’s ‘like talking to a sock’.  I know what he means now and, when I get to the more complicated sections like heel and toe, I might well be swearing at a sock.

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  1. #1 by katechiconi on February 1, 2014 - 14:25

    I’d just like to commend you on writing something so funny about something as mundane as a sock. Kate is busily quilting beside me on the couch, and said she liked your comment about big stitches. Husband of Chiconia

    • #2 by tialys on February 2, 2014 - 13:13

      Greetings Husband of Chiconia – I love the way that sounds like a character from Game of Thrones or something – and thank you for your commendation.

      • #3 by katechiconi on February 2, 2014 - 14:30

        We like the title. His mother is known as the Dowager. I have to tell you, he was snorting with laughter. I got him to read the post to me as I was quilting, and he kept interrupting himself to laugh….

  2. #4 by Lynne@boutschoisis on February 1, 2014 - 15:11

    Baby bootees are the only knitted footwear I have any experience with – so I’ll be very interested to watch your progress! Lynne.

    • #5 by tialys on February 2, 2014 - 13:16

      I’m nearly ready to start on the heel so that will be the point which will determine whether I finish this sock, knit its partner, or fling down my ‘bent in the middle’ circular needle forever. I will let you know!

  3. #6 by sew2pro on February 1, 2014 - 22:11

    I love sleeping in woolly socks (well, not in the summer, obviously). They let your feet breathe too. So I applaud your efforts!

  4. #7 by tialys on February 2, 2014 - 13:25

    I do actually prefer wearing proper socks when I wear jeans, or other trousers. I’ve never liked pop socks or whatever they’re called now and wearing tights under trousers always seems a bit like too much clothing but that’s just me. Of course, unless I’m wearing walking boots or wellies, they need to be quite thin socks for wearing under normal leather ‘going out’ boots but, I’ll see how these chunky ones go before I get into the 4 or 3 ply yarn.

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