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Wednesday, 2 March 2011

Just saying.....

It's been a good day.

I have mastered, I think, knitting with circular needles using magic loop so am making slow progress with my first attempt at socks.

Will be slow as needles are 2.5,  the yarn is very Regia sock yarn, very fine, and I have two other projects ongoing, a second cushion cover in pewter Jaeger silk and wool yarn and a cardigan with lots of cable and pattern. Enjoying the variety.

Second good event today was when I was working at the local studies library where you may remember I am one of the volunteers involved in a digitalisation project whereby local planning applications from 1880s to 1960s will be on line. Today, the first application I did was for our own house, well and next door as we are a semi. Pixie Towers was built in 1934, and as far as I could see it had been built as the plans, except for the loft access hatch was shown to be outside the bathroom whereas it is situated outside bedrooms 1 & 4. (These rooms are actually next to each other).

Very silly to be so excited about a plan and a form but I was. Especially as we have a copy of the original sales brochure for this estate. The illustration on that matched an illustration on the plan.

Knitted sock on the bus coming home, circular needles are so much more portable than straight ones.

Good night readers.


  1. I'm so tempted to ask questions about how they're kept up - is ribbing enough or is some elastic incorporated, and about the finishing at the toes so as to have smooth seams, but as I'm never likely to try making socks, this is idle curiosity, so feel free to ignore me!

  2. Hi Z, am not going to ignore you as I'm not sure myself whether socks will end up like 80s leg warmers. The rib seems quite stretchy and the sock is small in diameter. I have thin legs so hope they will be ok, if not will give them to daughter who has larger bones.

    It will be 19 cms from top to heel shaping so not too long so will have to wait and see.

    For the toes I will be learning Kitchener stitch, a kind of grafting, think it is sewing the stitches together rather than casting off and then joining them in a bulky seam.

    Will be enlisting help from members of knitting group, from my books and of course there's information online.

    Thanks for reading and commenting on my blog.

  3. Using a circular needle? I am SO impressed...I just couldn't get the hang of it at all.....

  4. How exciting to find information on Pixie Towers, just love the name. Wow PT will soon be 80 years young:) It's been over 30 years since I have knitted. My sister knitted me a bag and put inside wool, needles and various other items. This was for Christmas 2009. I still haven't used it. It is on my to do list for 2011:)

  5. Oh I really want to learn to knit...definitely before next winter

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  6. Hope you enjoy knitting your sock using the magic loop. It is looking great so far!