Monday, 11 October 2021

A long overdue knitting review

It’s been ages since we had an update.  I’ve been busy knitting fingerless gloves and children’s socks, a sample above,  for the little craft shop in Ilkley, that takes some of my work.  Hopefully I will be able to deliver these before Christmas.

Then with the longer nights I thought it would be nice to return to socks and tackle a new pattern.  I decided November socks, a 12 row repeat so not too complicated would suit my red West Yorkshire Spinners yarn.  How wrong could I be.  I started twice and pulled it all out twice as both times I got the pattern completely wrong.  Nothing at all to do with the clear instructions, the problem was my brain and possibly the poor lighting in our cavernous Italian lounge.  The third time I tried again in the daytime sitting outside in the sun and by jove I think I’ve got it, all seems perfectly logical and straightforward now.  I should be able to knit in the dim evening light now I am familiar with the pattern.   

I’m glad I didn’t give up on this project though I was beginning to think it would be November before I knew what I was doing.  However I do know when I’m beaten and today I’ve stripped our bed of the single linen sheet we’ve been sleeping under and installed our winter duvet.  I’m not giving up on my flip flop days yet but definitely the evenings are turning a cooler, besides who doesn’t like cosy nights.


  1. I can so easily get myself into a pickle on the simplest of patterns, but like you I won't give up. I can't imagine knitting children's socks, so small.

  2. When you return I have some yarn I bought from somewhere round your way in Ilkley - then found my eyesight is no longer up to knitting. You must give me your Ilkley address when you return and I will send it to you.

  3. Well done on persevering. I would dearly love to be able to knit some socks - I tried during lockdown but couldn't get the tension right!

  4. I am full of admiration for anyone who can knit socks!
    My dad learned to knit gloves when he was in the navy, each pair in fine navy blue wool. As a little girl I was fascinated by all the twists and turns of the small needles and thought it was magic!

  5. Glad you got the sock pattern sorted, it looks great!