Sometimes I go a little nuts and do some crafty things that don't involve a sewing machine! Yesterday was one of those days...
I designed the Christmas card I plan to send out for this year! It's super simple, but I think it's just so darn cute!! Now I need to make a lot (LOT) of them. I like to mail my cards by December 1, so I need to get cracking!
I also sat down yesterday and pulled out a book I found on vacation. It's called "Knitting Circles Around Socks" and it interested me because it is a technique to make a pair of socks at the same time, on the same circular needles. The best part is? It actually works!! Which is super amazingly cool because I actually want to knit socks now, when I can make them a pair at a time!
Here's my start! The yarn is "Socks That Rock" by Blue Moon Fibers. They come up with the funniest color names... this one is called "Faulty Dryer"! It's 100% superwash merino wool- so soft!
If you are a beginner, or a "pre-beginner" to socks, I have 2 books to recommend very highly:
Start with the book on the right- Ann Budd's step-by-step isntructions are outstanding!! Once you're comfortable with the idea of knitting socks, try the book on the left. Knitting them a pair at a time is so satisfying- you can wear them right away!!
I knit socks on two circular needles, and highly recommend it. I found double pointed needles to just be frustrating. They were constantly falling out and getting lost. Knitting on circular needles is especially nice for travelling, since the cables keep everything connected :)
Today's plans include binding my STUD quilt and sending it off to Norway and cutting all the cardstock for the Christmas cards. I also have some cleaning to do but hopefully that won't take very long :)