January 2008


For Christmas I got ‘Love to Knit’ by Bronwyn Lowenthal and I really like some of the patterns it has. They’re all really simple and pretty fashionable patterns and they’re geared towards younger knitters. The only problem that I’ve found with the book so far is that all the patterns are only given in one size, meaning you would have to alter the patterns if you aren’t the ‘right’ size. This is the first project I tried out of this book and I’ve already cast on for my second project (before casting on for the second sock, oops).

 I think this sock looks cute. It reminds me of the socks that I used to wear when I was really small. It’s supposed to have two buttons at the top to hold it closed but I haven’t gotten around to that yet, I haven’t even weaved the ends in. It is knit flat in one piece, with one seam going around the foot and up the side of the leg. This means that the pattern for each foot is different so the seam is on the outside of the leg. I used Lion Brand Wool-Ease in Fisherman and US size 2 (2.75mm) needles. The yarn suggested was a sport-weight yarn, such as Rowan Pure Wool DK so I thought that the sock might end up a bit bigger with the thicker yarn. I was wrong. It actually ended up smaller so now the sock is pretty tight.

I don’t know if I will cast on for the second sock but this project was fast and fun to knit. A sport-weight yarn would have been much better for this sock though.

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I don’t actually have an iPod but it’s easier to call it an ‘iPod’ sock, rather than an mp3 player sock. I was reading 10 feet high and came across this post and realised that:

– my poor mp3 player has no cover to protect it from bumps, falls and scratches,

– this would be a great first stranding project,

– the small size is perfect for a long car journey,

– I had the perfect yarn for this.

So I got the chart for the endpaper mitts from Eunny Jang and set about knitting this while we drove to Boston. I knit two pieces flat and seamed them together along the bottom and sides. I used some variegated wool leftovers from my Jaywalkers and some dark blue yarn from the stash. Both are fingering weight so I used US size 1 (2.25mm) double pointed needles.

I’m really happy with it but I didn’t realise that it was going to curl so much at the top so I think I should have done ribbing. I might try blocking it but I’m not sure what the blue yarn is made out of (I have a sneaking suspicion that it’s acrylic) so there’s a good chance that won’t work wonders. Also, I was very happy with my travel knitting kit:

It includes:

  • the chart, for obvious reasons
  • the two balls of yarn, again obvious
  • a set of dpns because they are way more compact than regular straight needles
  • a box of dental floss to cut the yarn (I was in a rush to leave and couldn’t find my small scissors)
  • a pen for making any notes.

It was so useful. It kept all my things together so I didn’t end up losing anything in the car and it was much easier to carry than the huge bag I usually take in the car.