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My first real attempts at knitting socks. Socks are quite useful, especially if you live in a very cold winter climate and have to walk around in it. Sock are also dynamic in colors and themes these days. They can be sturdy boot socks or slippers for around the house, they can be delicate , lacy, dressy affairs, or they can be striped in various ways and other designs including the Nordic and Fair Isle color work or something from the Baltic states ( gorgeous work) , or they can be plain old vanilla type socks just for every day. I have been exploring yarns for sock knitting ( much of it is useful in several other categories of knitting as well) . There are various fibers and even with an allergy to one, one may still find other yarns that will work. Or if the texture is uncomfortable to knit with or wear. There is a huge variety and many good websites , if there are not any LYS stores. A well knit, well cared for pair of knit socks will last up to 10 years for most women. Many of them are blends with wool or alpaca or merino wool as a base fiber. What I am figuring out, if you can knit a few different sock patterns, you can knit just about anything if you have the stuff to do a project. I have been studying patterns, getting tips from knitting and sock knitting groups on FB and some of those are getting quite International. It is amazing to see all the variety in projects. I also follow the Starz Outlander and Outlander groups ( Diana Gabaldons book series ) There are knitting groups connected to them as well. Hence my name change to Sassenach. Ok, well after a few trials and errors I actually have a good sock going, knee high. I goofed on size of needles for the cuff but its bearable so I did continue. The leg is done and when I first just used some simply soft acrylic yarn, I had gotten past the heel and gusset to the foot before I quit. Its too tight and is like putting on body armor because I used too small of dpns for the yarn size. I just frogged all that and rolled it up to rest on the skein because my knee high socks are a nice simple wool blend of 75% wool and 25% nylon for elasticity ( some) and strength of fiber, from Patons Kroy Sock Yarns. I have the confidence I can construct the heel and finish the knee sock and do the other one. This week has been a bit disjointed on time and peace of mind, but I find the knitting relaxes me as long as I am not trying too hard at it physically. I will be expanding on stitch patterns for socks as I knit a few more and am gauging what I need for a couple afghans. One I am just going to dig into my stash for and practice stitches on , because it is a sampler and you can make it however big you want. I found some nice classic patterns for tops and cardigans and long car coats and cardigans and many others. I want to make my cat a round ten stitch blanket made up of scraps of the sock yarn. I would like to do a rectangular one for myself. These are future but maybe not that far in the future. There are lots of little things I can knit up too with some of the yarn stash. Shopping bags, messenger bags, pouches with shoulder straps for bug out gear clothing layers.... needle sewing kit, lots of small bags for the little pack gear you get , if done in good wool and felted , they are pretty water proof for a long time. They could be color coded too. Or labelled by stitching in words in the fabric you are knitting up. I am learning enough that soon I will be able to design my own stuff I would think. This is a good level of skill to get to. It would be important if we have an end to our every day current existence and it helps me be more stylin' if not , especially on my budget. Also warmer, lol. There is also spring and summer wear and cotton yarns to use. One can even knit up their own wool plaid blankets if they like, for those of us with Scottish/Irish Clan associations. They are also great camo if done in hunting color themes, and no gps locators like on newer army surplus clothing items..... ( yep) . Blanket roll secured on person while bugging out ( not bright colors like many sleeping bags) and no sheen to it, can be quite adequate and useful, even damp. That is another goal. One can make dishcloths to practice new stitches in thick , light colored enough yarn from cotton yarn to see what they are really doing before they work it into clothing that may well become an heirloom item. There are a variety of dpn needles and circulars in various sizes and qualities. Everyone determines for themselves what they find useful and prefer. Some are excellent and not that expensive if you collect over time. Some will snap or pull apart...... interchangeable circular sets seem notorious for that. For small projects that require knitting in the round like socks and most hats, dpns are just fine. One can even bring them when they fly. Most of the time all the knitting stuff is allowed. Most of the time from what I can see, it remains entirely with the owner. So its not likely to get stolen. I have collected several free downloaded patterns and a few I copy and pasted. I can find links and such for others if they want. Just pm me and ask about stuff. One can also search online, just type in free knitting patterns for mittens, or sweaters, etc.... fingerless gloves, ten stitch blanket. things like that...... you would be amazed at what you can find. These can only be used for your personal use or that of a gift, not for mass production or sale..... which I think is fair and I wouldn't have the energy to do that. But it is very helpful. I also am slowly building up a shelf full of books. My kindle died I think. So I am making sure over time I have enough books on knitting to help out. I also often rewrite the patterns even from books into a composition note book as it fits in a bag easily and is sturdy enough. I can often understand it better if I write it down myself. I can include notes of my own , a swatch or piece of the yarn if I like and name and such of the yarn. It helps as a reference later. So, I wanted to start this thread on knitting. Anyone is welcome to join in, ask questions and I will see if I can get an answer if I don't know it, or help you with something. It is also an act of faith to knit something and brings me peace of mind as long as I am doing things right. I am getting better at that too.
My mom passed away in February. I am cleaning out her enormous house. She was a champion prepper. I spent nearly three days just emptying and washing canning jars and gallon storage jars. We have tons of fabric for clothes and quilting, sewing machines, patterns, canning supplies including pressure canners, prepper type books (do it yourself, cookbooks, gardening, etc.), yard tools, a hydraulic wood splitter, small garden tractor and attachments (tractor has been sitting and needs work), big tiller, and just about anything you can think of for preparedness. I will have a more detailed list soon. If you happen to be in Arizona, this is a golden opportunity to acquire some of these items. Let me know if you are in the market for any of these items.