One of the things I love most about reading other people's blogs is finding out the feedback on patterns they have tried. I am more likely to try a new pattern if someone tells me how great it is rather than if I see something I like and then search out the pattern from there.
So, to return the favour...here is a pattern that I really, truly enjoyed knitting (incidentally, I shortened the leg portion because one of my minions likes short socks).
This is a great pattern for beginners, for sure, but it is also a great pattern for people who have been knitting for a while and just need, shall we say, a helping hand. She gives lots of tips interspersed with the pattern instructions to make it easier as you go along. Now, I have knit socks before. I have knit quite a few socks before! And if you read my post last week, you would have seen that I had three socks at the "pick up stitches" stage for the gusset and that I was dreading that step. I never like that step. It makes my hands hurt.
Well! I just did the two above, easy peasy! She gives a little tip to slip the first stitch of each row while working the heel to make it easier to pick up. She gives a little tip to pick up and knit the stitches one at a time rather than trying to get them all on a needle. She gives a little tip to knit one round before starting your decreases to even out the picked up stitches. Whew! Problem solved. Now I will be flying through the socks. Disclaimer: I have learned to knit as I go, as I don't actually know anybody else that knits. Maybe some of you don't have this problem if you have a mentor or teacher of some sort, but somehow, I have never came across those three tips before.
My point: if you have never knit socks and would like to try, I highly recommend this pattern. If you have knit socks before and didn't like it, I highly recommend this pattern. You're welcome.
Next up: please excuse the awful pictures. The lighting was horrible because of the rain we so desperately needed.
Modern Top Down Knitting and I posted a picture of this one from the book last week.
And on the reading front: does anyone have a good fiction to recommend? September is a busy month here. The boys go back to school, I go back to pottery once a week, the garden has to be put to sleep (once I finish the harvest and canning of course), and the extracurricular activities start. I need a nice, light read that I can pick up and put down whenever. Preferably something "old-timey". Anyone have a suggestion for me?
Link-ups: Keep Calm Craft On over at Frontier Dreams on Tuesday
Yarn Along at small things on Wednesday
Stash bash with Crunchy Catholic Momma on Thursday
Homestead Revival's barn hop on Monday