I've been very busy over the past few weeks creating the start of a new range of knitting bags. Well, I've also been busy with NaNoWriMo which in some ways was a foolish task to undertake during November, one of my busiest months of the year. But also, hurrah! Because NaNoWriMo is awesome and I am totally going to get this novel written, even though I am a wee bit behind on my work count. Only a mere 6,000 or so words behind. Anyway, I am very happy with the new collection of knitting bags; my first design sold out in super quick time but will be back in stock soon, and I have discovered that these are rather addictive and fun to make. This year I have conquered two demons which had been bugging me for some time; the ability to sew a zip, and turning the heel on a sock. Both were tasks I viewed with (totally unfounded) dread, and I can report that neither was nearly as difficult as I feared, and in fact both are really fun! Here is my first ever sock that I have been working on during November - as if I didn't have enough on my plate right now:
Isn't it gorgeous? I love the rainbow yarn, it makes me happy and toting around a sock that I made all by myself in a sock bag with a zip that I also made is super awesome.
In case anyone is wondering, the yarn is by West Yorkshire Spinners and is their Rum Paradise colourway. I decided to make my sock in DK to make it quicker and because I like thick socks to wear with my boots. But WYS also do Rum Paradise in a few different yarn weights including sock yarn. I have to credit Lucy from Attic24 for getting me started on sock knitting, it was her own honesty about approaching a knitted thing despite being primarily a crocheter that gave me the confidence to start. That and I wanted a drawer of beautiful handmade socks of my own too! I've been following the very simple and easy patterns/tutorial by Winwick Mum and also taking part in her Facebook group which has been the best resource ever. Everyone working from the same pattern means that if you have a question, someone will know what you mean and be at your side ready to help. Brilliant! My goal for this year was to knit a garment and okay, I did have something like a jumper in mind. But I think socks is a fab start. Can you knit socks, or is it something you've always been afraid to try? I'm so glad I conquered my fears this year! Time to start thinking about goals for 2017. And make some more knitting bags...
(Image credit: Susan B Anderson)