Oh dear! Funny how things turn out isn't it? Several years ago I put away my knitting things (I used to knit jumpers for the boys when they were small enough to wear them without complaining!) and swore I'd never do it again. Knitting was for Grannies I decided and I filled in my spare time marathon training. How things change!
I don't know where this bug came from but it seems I've got it bad. When I went to Bath at the end of last month I also took the opportunity to buy a spinning wheel from a lady who just happened to live in Warminster and was selling one on Ebay. I was extremely lucky (I've since been told) to have fallen on the only honest spinning wheel seller on Ebay as the wheel works and had nothing wrong with it that I could see. The fact that she was extraordinarily nice as well was just a bonus!
My grand idea was to spin my own wool and make wonderful woolies out of it and also to knit a pair of socks which everyone told me was incredibly difficult. Well, I'm always up for a challenge. Since then I have spun my own wool but decided that my first pair of socks should be with some wool I'd found in the bottom of a drawer. I'm glad this was my decision as the socks are wonderful but only good enough for bed socks as although the foot is really snug, the leg is a bit baggy. Still, they were certainly not difficult to make - except for one thing: my poor long-suffering husband got a little fed up seeing me by the kitchen fire for hours on end; especially as I kept letting the fire go out.
I have also made a scarf for my little niece and am about to start a lovely woolly hat - all from the same red wool (well, there was a lot of it!). Not sure who for but I'll find somebody! In case anyone is looking to find a really easy set of instructions for knitting socks take it from me you can't go wrong with Silver's Sock Class. If I can do it anyone can!
Too bad, Typepad seems to be having Friday night problems. I can't post the picture so take a look at it here.