Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Got socks?

There are only 11 days until Christmas! How are your knitting projects coming along? I just finished the second pair of matching socks for the family our office adopted this year.  They came out so cute, the two year old can look just like her older six year old sister. It was great knitting two-at-a-time - so both socks got done simultaneously - which for those of you still doing one at a time - this is the way to go!

Check out this site that has videos for you to view KnittingHelp.com that teaches several methods including double pointed needle (dpn) - the one at a time method.

They came out really great - again they remind
me of Pippi Longstocking!
Some really great books that also include the two-at-a-time method are:

2-At-a-Time Socks: The Secret of Knitting Two at Once on One Circular Needle by Melissa Morgan-Oakes

Knitting More Circles Around Socks: Two at a Time, Toe Up or Cuff Down  by Antje Gillingham


Two books that I own from Wendy D. Johnson include: Socks from the Toe Up: Essential Techniques and Patterns from Wendy Knits and Toe-Up Socks for Every Body: Adventurous Lace, Cables, and Colorwork from Wendy Knits

Socks always make a great gift and you have so many different fibers and colors to choose from.  The self-striping are my favorite - they are so cool.  I am always amazed when I'm done at how the stripes come out. I like to use Trekking XXL, they have a large selection of colors especially some great self-striping, and is what I used to make the socks above for the sisters.

So if you haven't started already with your gift making, you better get a move on! I've completed two-at-a-time socks in a weekend depending on the size of the foot, but you don't have much time so get knitting!