A Sock Selfie

Well, it seems life wasn’t too short to turn a heel and, not wishing to let a trend pass me by, I have taken a selfie of my finished sock.  Yes, I am lying on the bed with my foot up in the air – don’t you?

The First Sock

So, I’m hooked – what next for the new sock knitter?

I could try this –

sock monkey

or this

shari-lewis-+-lamb-chop-hi-mom-1-hr-puppet-classic-tv-d444(Shari Lewis and Lamb Chop)

or, what about this amazing art installation from Malaysian artist and architect Hong Yi, known as Red

sock artist Hong Yi

bringing a whole new meaning to hanging your socks out to dry

Artist Hong Yi

This is Chinese filmmaker Zhang Yimou’s portrait made of socks and pins and hung off bamboo sticks  ( see here for more on this)

Or, as I am fortunate enough to have two feet, perhaps I should just concentrate on knitting the other sock.

Speaking of ‘selfies’, why is it such a sudden phenomenon?  Hasn’t anybody who has ever had access to a vaguely modern camera stuck it in front of their own face and taken a (generally) hugely unflattering photograph of themselves.  Or was that just me?


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  1. #1 by Jan Marriott on February 8, 2014 - 20:28

    I have never been able to knit socks…..its the 4 needle thing and I don’t like the idea of a seam.Perhaps its time for another try.

    • #2 by tialys on February 9, 2014 - 10:55

      I didn’t do ‘the 4 needle thing’ Jan. I used one long circular needle and the ‘magic loop’ method – whereby you sort of bend the cable in the middle and have half the stitches on one needle and half on the other and push and pull them about – no seam!! It sounds a bit complicated but, once you get into the rhythm of it, it is very easy and means you don’t have to wrestle with DPNs. If you want me to point you in the direction of some really useful Youtube tutorials, just shout.

  2. #3 by katechiconi on February 8, 2014 - 23:47

    That sock does look exceptionally cosy. I think you should do the other one! Was it difficult?

  3. #4 by tialys on February 9, 2014 - 10:52

    It wasn’t actually, Kate. I had always ‘feared the heel’ but with a combination of the book I bought and Youtube videos I found it very ‘doable’. I might try a slightly thinner pair next time but I probably won’t ever go down to less than a double knitting weight.

  4. #5 by lovelucie1 on February 9, 2014 - 22:34

    I have to admit that I laughed out loud when I read this! Certain words came to mind! I read your post as my OH nipped to the gents when we were out on Saturday evening. He asked me what I was chuckling about!
    So you have succumbed! I love your choice of yarn.

  5. #6 by tialys on February 10, 2014 - 08:57

    Thanks Lucie – it was just some wool I had in my old stash which I though I’d experiment with but worked quite well. They will be handwash, which is a pain, but now that I know I like knitting them, I’ll buy some more ‘specialist’ yarn next time. – bearing in mind your experience with the hand-dyed stuff.

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