Sunday, 7 March 2010

Sock It To Me!

There's nothing like a pair of handknitted socks to make a pair of cold feet feel comfy and warm.

I'm not a very accomplished knitter, but I look on knitting socks as a challenge.

My mother used an antique sock knitting machine just like the one pictured here, probably dating from the early 1900s. But it worked and she allowed me to turn the handle as long as I didn't turn it too fast. She was able to run off a pair of wool socks for my dad in just a couple of evenings.

Not me. My handknitted socks took me at least a couple of months each!

The striped socks on the left were knitted on 5 needles using pre-striped yarn and a pretty easy pattern found free on the internet.
The other two pairs are more intricate, with fancy stitches requiring lots of concentration and a paper and pencil close by to keep track of the rows. I blogged about the pattern here.
I've had a go at baby socks and shoes too, here.

16 comments:

rosemary said...

I am Mrs. No Talent. I admire those like you that can "create" anything...socks, dinner, cookies. Quite the machine there.

Xtreme English said...

wish they still made those machines!! i would LOVE to be able to knit socks, but i can't get past the heel stuff. maybe i should just force myself to do it. you're so right...there's nowt like a pair of good handknit woolly socks!! i have a pair on this very minute knit by my extraordinarily talented friend ilze. they're in a turkish pattern! sturdy, too--almost 10 years old and nary a hole!!

Hilary said...

Wow, I'm impressed. I have to admit I would never consider making clothes that I can buy. I know how much work goes into this.. it's so cool that you're this creative.

Dogbait said...

I head to Target for 3 pairs for $10. No class, I know.

Changes in the wind said...

Not an accomplished knitter?? I think not....nice job.

Peter said...

Never heard of anybody having a stock knitting machine! Did you save it in the family?

(In school we learnt how to repair socks! Who does today?)

Suldog said...

I love handmade socks. That is, I love the idea that someone would think enough of me to gift me with something so personal and thoughtful.

dutchbaby said...

I love that Rube-Goldberg-looking contraption for knitting socks! I admire your knitting skills. I can't imagine knowing how to turn that heel with all those needles dangling about. My knitting in confined to potholders and scarves.

sonia a. mascaro said...

Love your handknitted socks! Very beautiful and looks so warm too. My mother had a good knitting skills... but me, no talent at all.
Have a nice week ahead.

Your EG Tour Guide said...

Great job, Shammy. I love the feel of handmade socks on my feet. Purchased socks do NOT compare. :)

Craver Vii said...

I have never worn hand-made socks. It looks like something really special. I am impressed with that pattern in the middle. Very smart.

madretz said...

i am super impressed with your knitting skills. i love socks and thought i'd want to learn how to knit them, but never got past the scarf. but I was really really good at scarves. LOL!!!!!

Ginnie said...

Anyone who can knit a pair of socks is a saint, Sham, as far as I'm concerned, and doubly so if both socks in the pair are basically the same. It's something I'd like to do one day just to say I did it, but don't hold your breath. I'll just be in awe of you instead.

Duchess said...

I think if you can knit socks you get to call yourself accomplished.

(I popped in from Xtreme English>)

Wendy said...

What beautiful socks you've knit! Not so easy is it? I tried a pair of leg warmers for my granddaughter and that was hard enough on 4 needles - never mind having a heel to work in as well!

I think I'll stick to scarves too. But you really did a nice job. And hand-knit anything does make a lovely gift.

lettuce said...

oh wow, these are great! i love hand-knitted socks.


that contraption looks amazing too