Sucker for Socks

Hello there!
I just came back from a week in Hamburg and was pleasantly surprised to find that Stuttgart has turned into a Winter Wonderland! Everything is completely white and it is absolutely magical! Matt was working when I came home, but Poppy awaited my arrival and gave me the highest dose of slobbery kisses she could give me! Dog owners probably know what I'm talking about: this unbelievable amount of happiness when you come home to them!
It was lovely spending some time in Hamburg again even though I had very little time to enjoy the city again. I went there to do a workshop for the cruise ship company I used to work for. They develop new theatre shows quite often and these shows need to be 'tried out'. They then hire an ensemble of singers with whom they work for the week to see if the show works the way they intended it to work, or if things need changing. It's always great fun being part of this creative process and to work with my old colleagues and directors as well!
I can't tell anything about the shows themselves since it's kept very secret until they're released to the public, but I can tell you that this time I had quite a lot of spare time during rehearsals. Spare time is one of my favourite things in the world because cause that means I get to craft!
The great thing about knitting and crocheting, is that (most of the time) you can do it anywhere! Just before I left for Hamburg I had this weird craving to make socks again. I've made a couple pairs of socks last year, and than lost interest again. My hands started to itch for sock making again though, and I bought some yarn and took it with me to Hamburg!
The Pattern I keep coming back to is Monkey by Cookie A. It's such a lovely pattern and interesting enough to not be a total snooze to knit. I decided to do the No-Purl version, meaning every time the pattern would call for a purl stitch, I would knit that stitch. I saw that a lot of people over on Ravelry had started doing this, and I really liked the results. That, and the fact I don't particularly like to purl ;-)



I guess it was meant to be, because I had just enough spare time to finish both socks within the week I was there. I made my last stitches just before getting onto my flight back home.
I can't show the socks in their full glory yet as they are blocking as I'm writing this. I always see people post photos of their socks on perfect sock blocking 'tools' (I'm really not sure what they are called) but since we don't have any of those, I had to improvise. I just drew around my sock on some cardboard, cut out the sock shape and covered it in sticky tape. Not really picture worthy but it does the trick! They're almost dry so I'll post a picture soon!



I've also been working on my own little sock pattern! I had this idea in my head that I wanted some vertical "Zig Zaggy Lacy Sripes" on my socks and I think I'm quite happy with how it's turning out! It always takes quite a while before a sock is finished, so I better get cracking!
And could anyone maybe create a copy machine for socks? It would be so great to make one sock, and than just copy it so that there's two!
If any of you have some tips to make sock knitting go faster or make it more fun, let me know! Also, I'd love to hear about your favourite go-to sock patterns! Is there a pattern that always does the trick for you? Or do you keep changing patterns every time you knit a new pair?
Hope you're all having a lovely week!

14 comments

  1. Wow, your knitting is so perfectly neat, I am in awe!!! I can just about knit (I am more of a crochet girl) and I would love to be able to knit socks, but I doubt I could ever manage quite such a perfect result as you! Elaine

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    1. Hey Elaine! Thank you so much!!! I guess it's just practise, endless knitting ;-) The good thing with socks is that there are sooooo many stitches to knit, that probably by the end of your first sock, your stitches will be perfectly neat and even! xxx

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  2. Beautiful socks! I aspire to socks like that! I have just finished my very first pair - they are just a very basic pattern and there are a few mistakes, but I have already cast on my second pair...practice makes perfect. I have never got the hang of double pointed needles, but I have discovered teeny, tiny circulars (just 23 or 30cm) and they are perfect for whizzing around and around. I think I may become addicted!

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    1. Hello Clare! Thank you for your message! My first pairs were full of mistakes as well! You have to start somewhere :-) The only reason I'm working on Double Pointed Needles here, is because my circular needle broke a couple of days ago. I like to use a very very long one and use the magic loop technique. My needle snapped off the cable and I was lucky I could pick up the stitches again. I like both ways though, although the circular seems to work a little faster for me. Happy sock knitting ;-)

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  3. Daniëlle Zuiderwijk21 January 2016 at 08:55

    Hi there! Love the yarn and the pattern! Since you know how to knit on circulars with the magic loop, you can try knitting two socks at the same time. I've heard a lot of people being enthousiastic about it. I haven't tried it myself. I prefer five double pointed needles. But yeah, that second sock can be a pain in.... ;-) Btw, if you use two different colours of yarn, try the seed stich. If you want, I can send you a pic of socks that I've knitting using that stich and two different colours of yarn. Just let me know! Keep up the good crafting!

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    1. Hey Daniëlle! Thank you for your message! I've tried 2 at a time before, but I don't always want to risk it when I'm not sure if the pattern is going to work for my feet. Sometimes they don't fit or are a little too big. Then I rather have 1 to unravel and not 2 ;-) And I would LOVE to see a picture of the socks you've knit! Please send them to info@boysandbunting.com xxx Dennis

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  4. Beautiful socks!
    I have only just started knitting socks and not attempted a patterned pair yet but I think you have inspired me!
    I use a long circular needle and knit them from the toe up so really easy peasy.
    I also have instructions for knitting two at the same time on the one needle but again not ventured into that yet xx

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    1. Hello Ali! Thank you for your message! I'm so glad I could inspire you! Patterned socks are fun to make, although a little slower obviously than plain ones! I still need to try the Toe Up method once! I'm intrigued! xx Dennis

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  5. Hi, I agree with Danielle about the Magic Loop. I personally have not used them but my son is learning on it and says it is so easy. You can knit two at once! Almost like a copy machine.
    Love your new look by the way. Glad you are back.

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    1. Hey Vickie! Thanks for your message! I guess I do need to do 2 at a time, but only when I'm sure the pattern works for me! Don't want to ruin 2 socks at a time ;-) xxx Dennis

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  6. As a 'sock knitting addict' (my husband and son refuse to wear any socks other than ones I've made!) I used to suffer from 2nd sock syndrome. I tried the magic loop method of knitting 2 socks at once, but after getting in a terrible mess when I became engrossed in a film on t.v and wasn't concentrating, never again!I then started knitting the first sock, then starting a 2nd pair in a totally different colour and pattern, then going back to the 1st pair, so it felt as if I was starting again on a new pair well it works for me!
    Happy knitting
    Pat Williams

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    1. Such a clever idea!! I might try that next time!!!! xxxx Dennis

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  7. Socks are on my 'must-try' this year list.
    These are super, they look perfect Dennis.

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    1. Hey Rachel! Thank you so much!!!! Definitely give it a try!!! It's a lot of work, but very rewarding!!!! :-)

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