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tazzy - 09/03/2016 12:45:48
   
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Has any of you ever knitted a pair of socks for yourself using dp needles?... I watched at the Knit and Natter group week or so ago and Yes Im giving it a go... Im using a King Cole Free pattern I got when I bought a ball of the Zig-zag 4 ply wool I do beleave the socks are warmer than shop bought and last well.... Im on my 2nd one now to make "the pair".. When finished I'll take a piccy.. :D I will say once you get into it Its very addictive... cant wait to start/do more now... think I will be giving them out as xmas prezzies or Giving to the "Homeless" hostel over in Liverpool or in Chester... turning the Heel was Not as Challenging as I thought it would be and they make a change from doing a cable pattern all the time.... the pattern Im doing is not a Chunky "wellie"sock pattern Its a Nice light ankle sock one to go under trousers/jeans etc... I think Many woman knitted socks to send to soldiers on the front during the war years- amazing how Old Trends are making a come back and its Fabulous to Re-visit them using Todays technology and New materials..... :hug: :hug: :hug:
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Mary E - 09/03/2016 15:20:32
   
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Oh Annette you take me back, my mum used to knit all our socks even knee high ones for school but they were in 4ply wool and had lovely patterned turn over tops , I have only ever knitted one pair of socks years and years ago it wasn't difficult but knitting and me fell out some time ago so I've not knitted for years , however I do have a yen to start crochet again I'm going to look in the wool shop on Friday at the patterns and yarn, my DiL has taken up crochet and has made herself two lovely jackets , as you say the old ways are returning and that must be good Mary x
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Poppy Crafter 2 - 09/03/2016 17:21:49
   
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looking forward to seeing the pics. I have never knitted socks but my daughter bought me a pair a few years ago and boy are they warm and toastie.... :D Sylvia :)
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Sue Yorkshire - 09/03/2016 18:11:46
   
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I've never knitted socks they always looked too difficult for an inexperienced knitter. I did get better at knitting when I had the children and I have a knitting machine in the loft but I used to do loads of knitting on it when I could get the cones of wool easily. I priced them on line and they are so expensive I can imagine they are cosy though Xxxx

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maymac - 10/03/2016 06:55:53
   
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When I was young I used to knit socks. It was very satisfying to watch them grow and turning the heel wasn't really difficult. I can't knit at all now and I really miss it. I used to do the heavy icelandic jumpers with the beautiful coloured yokes. I went through a spell where I couldn't keep up with orders for them from friends and colleagues but they were actually quite quick to knit as the wool was thick and the main part of the jumper grew very quickly. My DiL was just saying recently that she missed the lovely Aran sweaters that my Mum and I used to knit. I wish I could go back to doing them again as they are so expensive to buy and son't always look as nice
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tazzy - 10/03/2016 09:55:00
   
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ooooooo Loverly I expected No replies!! :lol: :lol: :lol: mary Im glad I took your memory back in time.... Im using Zig zag wool It makes its own patterns and one or two of them even "self Stripes"!!! I sit in the evenings knitting while watching tv .. I took Knitting back up when I came across a Nice new wool shop that has Classes/groups..... These new wools are Fantastic to work with... And last week a Rep came in showing us New Crochet cottons WOW!!!! They were Devine!!!! and not costly either!!! I came across another sock pattern last night only this one is knitted on two ordinary needles give them go... you never know You may be wearing them nipping around Ally Pally Ha ha...
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Andypandy - 10/03/2016 12:20:57
   
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I knitted a pair of socks once on four needles in school many many years ago - well I say a pair, but I took so long knitting the first one that the teacher did the other one for me. Even then they weren't what you could call a pair as teacher's was the perfect size and mine would have suited a kangaroo's big feet, just couldn't get the tension right ! Later I tried a cable jumper for my boyfriend's 21st birthday present, suffice to say he was nearly 23 when he got it and it was so stiff that it lasted for years. Gave up hand knitting after that, bought a knitting machine and loved it, churned out woollies for everyone with cones of wool from our local markets. That little beauty is now in the attic, unloved, and all our jumpers come from M&S !! Christine x
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Gingers girl - 10/03/2016 13:20:53
   
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I am also knitting socks for the first time. I am on with my second sock now, knitting in Wendy Roam Fusion 4 ply using DP needles. This is the first pair of socks I've ever knitted and was a bit apprehensive at first, but I'm doing OK. It was something I had always fancied doing but was put off because of the DP needles! I used to knit when the children were little, but nothing ever too fancy. I would also like to have a go at knitting in the round, as I have never done this before either....plus you can knit socks in the round too so may try this way also! The only thing I haven't got quite right is matching the color right in both socks, as the wool is a multi-coloured wool blend and I didn't quite start the second sock on the same colour.... If you understand what I mean! But I don't suppose it will matter as I will be wearing them under my trousers. They are turning out so well though that I already have another ball of wool lined up for my husband a pair when I've finished these! The same brand of wool, but not multi coloured so I don't need to worry about matching up!!! I love the 4 Py, it looks so neat when knitted up... In fact, I have also been crocheting some flowers from size 3 crochet cotton... Something else that's new to me..I do like the finer wools/crochet. Some of the wools/crochet thread is so expensive though. My socks will have cost me £9 to make. I remember about 30 years ago when I used to go to our local market and a stall there used to sell large amounts of oddments, but enough to knit a cardi or jumper. They were so cheap. I think it came from the local wool manufacturers in my area (West Yorkshire). Look forward to seeing your finished socks, I'm sure they will be lovely. Angela

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tazzy - 10/03/2016 15:14:56
   
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Angela Thats Fantastic!!! now out of ONE hundred gram ball of 4 ply wool you can Make TWO pairs of socks in ladies sizes.... It dont matter about Matching up either as Its the same wool ball... Ive just seen a Pair of woollen socks for sale in a shop downtown and they were almost £5.00 a pair!! But the are Machine made .... nowt like the feel of Home made with love!!!! Now Prices for wool does Vary so much as It depends on What Type, Colouration, make,and where it comes from!!! Alpaca Wool is the softest and it feels so lush when knitted up.. but as its a "pure Wool" it can cost up to £14.00 a hundred Grams!!! The More Pure Wool content the higher the price I find!! Specialist Wools Can be costly But like anything You get what you pay for... Like card making I suppose....... Quality!!!! :D :D You can get "Budget" wool from Wool shops thats approx £1.79p per 100g... I have seen Cheaper wools in Pound shops etc But really I wont buy it as as sometimes its not manufactured well.. or has loads of Joins in it... so to me.. its like wasting my time Knitting it up as it wont wash well or last or even look good after a wear to too... Some cheaper wools "Bobble" So easy :o :o Now Ive not long Learnt to Crochet.. (last year from Books).. and I love it as It grows so quickly.... Ive seen patterns for Crochet socks to.. But Im not up to them Just yet... ;) I Knit up lots and lots of Cable jumpers and Cardi's... Im also knitting myself a Cable tunic dress ready for next winter... so I will be all snuggy warm Ready for the cold weather.. :D :D There Is a "Meaning" To the cable patterns... cant remember it all of the top of my head but the Honey-comb pattern (I done on G daughters cardi in my gallery) Means... Plenty full of health and foods... (think of it of bee's and Honey).... I too have Knitting machines in my Attic.... I used to knit loads on them back when my children were small... I dont find using them as Joyous...as hand knitting... some how You cant curl up next to the fire watching tv and Knit on them... well you could, but you wouldnt hear much tv.. :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:
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Sue Yorkshire - 10/03/2016 15:46:49
   
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Wool used to be so cheap but now it sometimes isn't cost effective to knit I did a few things for Caleb but with the cost and time and the speed he grows it's not worth it and there are so many places now for inexpensive kiddy clothes. I got him 4 lovely jumpers from Asda last week. They were in the sale and half price so £14 for them all When ours were young buying clothes was expensive and there were not a lot of shops to chose from so handmade was sometimes the only option Xxxxx

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