Sunday, 15 January 2012

Is There Anybody There?

Are you all still there? I do hope so. 
I have felt so detached from you all and the rest of the world not having a phone line or internet for such a long time.
So apart from the festivities being all over I have kept my fingers and brain busy with my first project of the year.
What to knit as my first knit or crochet of 2012?
A rummage through  the stash revealed some lovely sock yarns I had forgotten about. My two Wendy Johnson sock knitting books have been missing for months so a Ravelry search brought me to the lovely stunning Watercress socks. I should have realised that when it came in 4 pdf's that it may be too complicated for my noggin!!  And too complicated it was for a bear of very little brain like me.
Hey-ho in for a penny in for a pound and always keen to learn new skills I began. I say I began but the truth is I didn't look any further into the pattern than the row that was coming next......Yes I was one of those pupils at school who when the teachers told you to read through your exam paper before beginning rushed on in then realised at the end I had already used the answer to the last question in question 2 !!!!!!!! Everything was ok until I came to the gusset (such a rude sounding "gusset" isn't it?) 
I knitted.....I frogged.....I knitted....I frogged. Nope I just kept getting holes where there weren't supposed to be holes :( I won't be so dull as to explain any more to you non sock knitters but the construction of this sock was totally topsy turvy to me so I decided to butcher the pattern.........I kept the lace pattern and went with what I new, then tweaked the bits that I had to do and this is what I came up with

Taaaaaa Daaaaahhhhhhhhh

The original pattern has a frilly top to the sock but I wear boots a lot and don't really want the bulk round my leg so I did a plain 2 by 2 rib. 
Even with all that frogging they are still the quickest pair of socks to date and I am very fond of them indeed.

 Now they are done next on the needles is a tank top for my baby nephew Archie. I am 3/4 of the way done but I will save the pictures and details for next post

Lastly for today...........
I had some news this week which has flipped my world upside down and 2012 is going to be a hard, emotional year so if I disappear again for a little while every now and again, please forgive me but I will be posting when I can.




  1. Good to see you in Blogland again. And - pretty, cosy socks. So sorry to hear that you have 'problems'. Hope all is well. Keep your pecker up. x

  2. It is always lovely to see you. You are very clever to tweak a pattern and make it work like that, they look lovely socks...quite the poshest I have seen in a long time and you say they were quick too! Lucky Archie with Auntie making him a little tank top :) X

  3. I LOVE your socks. I don't really understand the whole sock knitting thing (i can barely knit!) but it all looks v complicated to me so the fact you managed to butcher the pattern and come up with something that beautiful is very impressive indeed :o)
    Sorry to hear you have had some difficult news - take care of yourself. And I hope you manage to keep crafting - I find it so therapeutic when going through difficult times.

  4. Welcome back, love your pretty socks, well done for sticking at them. I followed the pattern in the Yarn Harlot's book after seeing Alice's (Crochet with Raymond blog) rainbow socks. I've posted more photos of mine as they match my lovely new shoes!
    Sorry to read you have had some difficult news, hope it turns out to be not as bad as you think. Crafting will help you cope and please do keep posting, there are lots of friends out in blogland who will give you support.
    Carol xx

  5. Hello there, hope you had a lovely Christmas and New Year, so happy you pop up again. Fab socks, am in awe. I'm trying to knit the Star Wars motif you sent me in the swap - I will not be beaten but much cursing is going on! Sadly I can't crochet it (long story). I hope things are not so bad as you fear they will be, thinking of you and fingers crossed.

  6. Lovely to see you back! I love those socks, you are amazing to do them so fast, I just can't seem to get sock knitting...maybe one day! Sorry to hear about your bad news, will be praying for you! (((hugs))) ♥

  7. Welcome back...we're here! You made beautiful, stunning socks. As for the bad news.. if I was close enough I would give you a hug...I am sending one over the blogisphere..you know you can always count on 'us who visit here often' to lend an ear.. be strong...."This too shall pass"... :)x

  8. Hello, so lovely to have a post from you and the socks are amazing. I may have to pick your brain about sock knitting later in the year.
    I'm sorry to hear you have had difficult news, I'll be thinking of you and hope to catch up at ACP soon.

  9. Hi TB, Of course we are here and love hearing from you. Love your socks, great job. The color is so pretty. They really look comfortable and fit you so well.
    Hope things work out for you, be thinking of you and hope all will be well. Be here whenever you able to blog. Take care, xoRobin❤

  10. You did a great job of the socks! Pretty!
    The best to you for 2012, and hope all goes well

  11. Soo glad you're back! love the colour of you're socks!

  12. Sorry to hear about your news; I hope everything sorts its self out soon. Deffo on for meeting up at LB again whenever you are; just pm me on Rav when you'd like to xxx

  13. Hello. thanks for your comment - just popping back again to let you know that I got my little safety eyes (5mm) from here: http://www.e-crafts.co.uk/soft_toy.htm
    Hope that helps!

  14. Hope all is well and thank you for stopping by. x

  15. I LOVE the colour of your socks and such a beautiful pattern too- you clever knitter, you.
    (Wish I could knit!)
    Wishing you all the strength in the world to deal with your difficult year- and yes, we will all still be here, waiting for you.
    Have a lovely weekend.

  16. Loving the colour of your socks!
    Sorry to hear this year is not going to be a good one - good luck. Look forward to your return when you are able to post - we'll be here!

    Gill xx

  17. I have a little award for you over on my blog :D