Tuesday, 26 October 2010

Forks Socks

The first socks in the 'When Vampires Knit Socks...' Sock Club are here!

These socks are inspired by the green and lush setting of the town of Forks. All the rain and clouds that make it an ideal place for sparkly vampires to live, mean that the landscape is full of trees, ferns and moss. These socks have a full moon and tall trees growing out of moss covered rocky ground, which leads to the river that runs through the forest (and down the foot of this sock). On the back of the leg is a lace leaf pattern, to represent the thick foliage in the woods which surround Bella’s house, Edward’s house and many other places. At the beginning of the story, Bella moves to Forks from Arizona, the contrast between the dry, brown desert and the wet, green woods is something that takes a long time to get used to!

Thursday, 7 October 2010

Hat season is here!!

The weather is cooler (who am I kidding, it's been rubbish since July) and there is a smell of Autumn in the air - this means it's time to wear hats and therefore time to knit them.

I do, in fact, wear hats all year round, in the summer I wear them when it rains and when I am having the hair-day from hell, but autumn and winter are real hat wearing seasons, you can wear hats without sweating - never a good look and without people thinking you are weird. I wear them all day, whether I'm in or out, I have been known to wear them to bed on particularly chilly nights.

Hat knitting is addictive, they are projects which you can knit quickly, seeing instant progress and it's so hard to put them down - just one more round........

So my first hat for Autumn 2010 is the Brambles Beret from Knitty. Here's my rav project page. I chose some aran weight silk and lambswool from The Knitting Goddess. It's seriously lovely stuff - soft and very wooly, it smells like wool should but very rarely does (difficult to explain, you'll have to sniff it to understand).

Because of the silk content it won't tolerate exceptionally rough handling - I like to give a good tug when I'm working cables - probably not necessary, but I do it anyway - this yarn did not take kindly to this and snapped twice (I know I should have learned my lesson after the first time but I've got a short attention span!).

It's outside, blocking in the afternoon sun, I may join it shortly........