A few years ago I decided to make myself a blanket – something warm and cheery for the winter months. Also, unusually for me, I decided not to rush it. So, over the last 3 years I’ve been acquiring wool as memories. There’s wool from holidays on Mull, a visit to the Shetlands, a week on Orkney, a short break to the Cairngorms. There’s squares knitted in Shetland lace patterns, patterns made by the Uni knitter in residence years ago, there’s a Dalek, a Cyberman, K9 and a Tardis. Then, of course, there are two black cats. I have loved making it, and now it’s finished – and I can’t wait for the cold nights so I can spreda it out on the bed.
As I read Anna’s post about how she is struggling to find the patience to read, I thought about how I knit. Specifically, I thought about how often I turn my knitting projects into races – how instead of enjoying the process of knitting, I rush to get them finished and off the needles. Here’s an example: the shawl above is one that I started in order to have some easy knitting for when my mind or my hands were tired, but I have spent the last few days counting the rows and minutes until it was finished. And, of course, now it is done I am immediately thinking about starting a similar project.
I don’t make resolutions at new year, but I am making a mental note to remember to enjoy the process of knitting, and stop thinking in terms of finished outputs.
I made socks. In response to my suggestion Wendy sent me a pattern for a Fibonacci spiral.
I worked out the rest of the pattern using Fibonacci numbers for the stripes:
I’m really pleased with the result. So if you’d like me to knit you socks …
I like knitting socks. I’ve got a whole drawer full of pairs I’ve made for myself, from plain ribbed ones to fancy designs, and most of my family own at least one pair I’ve made for them. I’ve got masses of yarn, in a rainbow of colours, and all I need is somebody who needs socks.
So that’s where you come in. If you’d like me to knit you a pair of socks, all you need to do is design a pair and send me the design.
A few things before you start:
- Socks are knitted in the round. Generally there will be 64 stitches per row for a woman’s sock, and 72 for a man’s.
- Socks can, of course, be any length. My default is 100 rows for the leg, which is about 8 inches.
- Knitted stitches are wider than they are tall – the ratio is about 4 stitches to measure the same as 5 rows (so 28 stitches knitted over 35 rows would make a 4 inch square, for example). Knitting chart paper is easy to find online. Here’s some.
- Patterns can repeat around the sock – multiples of 8 are very common.
- There can be different patterns on the same sock.
- Patterns with only 1 or 2 colours per row are nicest to knit (I have 2 hands, and can hold 1 colour in each).
- If you’d prefer plain socks, or stripy ones, that’s also fine – just tell me which colour (s) you’d like.
So – over to you. This is an open offer – I am a #4life knitter, so whenever I get a request I add it to my queue.