Crazy Zauberball – Prize Winning Socks

The Produce Show is an annual event in my village that enables locals to showcase home-grown and home-made produce. Although we are only a small village, the show is very well supported with lots of entries.   There are over 65 classes covering vegetables, fruit, flowers, baking, preserves, wines and spirits and photographs. There is

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To celebrate Burns Night I have just finished knitting some kilt socks for John. Actually, they were supposed to be for Christmas but I got side-tracked with other projects so tying them in with Burns Night seems like a reasonable excuse (to me anyway!)

Aran-weight kilt socks

Aran-weight kilt socks

I bought the wool on a trip to Inverness because I had been searching for a pattern for kilt socks for a while and this wool came with a free pattern. The pattern, originally hand-written on brown paper, was found in a knitting bag in a house sale. An old receipt showed that is was from the Scottish Western Isles and the date on the receipt was 1937. There was no name to put to the pattern but it was obviously a pattern for ‘stockings’ for the whole family with instruction for infant, child and adult sizes.

The socks are knitted from the cuff-down on double-pointed needles. The cuff is knitted and then turned inside out by pushing it through the middle of the needles so that the wrong side is facing before continuing with the leg. I found the only way I could make this work was to push the cuff through the needles and then knit in the other direction but maybe that was just me.

The socks did seem to take forever but I’m pleased with the end result. I think John will probably wear them under motorcycle boots rather than with a kilt (he’s wears tartan ‘trews’ when he’s in formal Scottish dress) but, nevertheless it seems fitting to finish knitting a bit of Scottish history on Robert Burns’ birthday.

Robert Burns

Robert Burns

In his poem, Tam o’Shanter, Burns writes:

But pleasures are like poppies spread, You seize the flow’r, its bloom is shed, Or like the snow falls in the river, A moment white – then melts forever

One of the things I love about knitting is that the pleasure involved is more long-lasting than this. Well, most of the time anyway; I’ve had some projects – often abandoned before completion – that have provided very little, if any, pleasure at all. For the most part though, I get pleasure from the actual knitting,  a sense of achievement at finishing the project and the enjoyment of seeing someone else appreciate the end result.

What have you most enjoyed knitting and why?

A Week of Wonders

The snow came on Monday and, although it seems to be thawing at the moment, more is forecast for later in the week. I live at the top of a farm track which takes longer to clear than the village roads and so provides me with the perfect excuse to stay indoors. I’ve not been totally

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The Start of a New Year

Happy New Year! Like many lapsed bloggers, I’ve started 2013 with a resolution to blog more often this year. I’ve always got lots of ideas and projects that I want to share but, up until now, blogging has got pushed down the to-do list by more urgent deadlines. But no more…. one of my many resolutions

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Why I knit socks

The knitters that I know tend to fall into two discrete camps –  those, like me who are addicted to knitting socks and can’t resist new sock yarn (even though they’ve got a large stash at home) and those who aren’t. This latter group say things like ‘oh, I couldn’t be bothered to knit socks

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