I seem to have been busy with gardening & family stuff but have found time to learn to knit socks!
Thanks to Lucy at Attic24 for introducing me (via her blog) to the basic sock pattern and the sock along from the amazing Christine at Winwick Mum. Here are some pics of my first ever socks. I used Drops Fabel self-striping sock yarn which magically produces a lovely fair isle pattern as you knit.
These were a bit too big for me in the end so I had another go. It’s fiddly but Christine’s pattern is ok once you understand how it works. My advice to newbies would be to make a smaller pair with a short rib just to practice all the elements. I would also suggest using lifelines (esp if you are a hooker) so that if (when) you have to frog it is easier to pick up your stitches. The sockalong Facebook group is full of helpful people who will help & won’t judge you even if you are making a total hash of your early socks!
My second pair – also in Drops Fabel sock yarn- fit better & were finished in time for a few days of hot weather! It’s cold again now so I can wear them!
Do you remember that part of my garden revamp, (aka reclaiming the corners of my garden), was to create a small but beautiful veg patch? Well here’s the development so far.
It really is tiny- approx 2.5m x 2.5m, I started off last autumn by emptying my compost bins onto a layer of cardboard then topped that with well rotted manure & an old carpet & let the worms do their stuff.
In spring I started getting it organised, remember my mantra – ‘if it isn’t pretty, it isn’t staying’ – so it had to look good. I used a large pot as the focal point & planted a lovely standard dessert gooseberry in it & have sown edible flowers in the pot too. The front edge of the bed is planted with wild strawberries, & the left border with herbs & edible flower mix. I have a row of 4 tomato varieties at the back & the 3 sets of bean poles have climbing french beans, runner beans & sweet peas (underplanted with squash to grow up the trellis too). 2 corners have dwarf maypole apple & pear trees. In the little gaps I have some broad beans & lettuces & will sow more salad crops in succession.
Oh & I have a very nice crop of mushrooms – thats a good sign apparently!
Hope you like my little veg plot:)