It’s All About the Pictures

As a reward for making a few inches of progress on the Most Boring Sock, I allowed myself to start a new pair of socks. I’d thought about making some mittens next but then I saw the pair of socks that Kathy (a.k.a. Grumperina) just finished. Go ahead. Check them out. I’ll wait for you.

Back? OK. The pattern is a free one from Hello Yarn called Cable Twist Socks. No offense to Hello Yarn but the picture that accompanies the pattern does nothing to show it off. I may be too picky but I just don’t think textured patterns show up well at all with variegated yarns. Doesn’t Grumperina’s version look better? Don’t you want to knit a pair for yourself??? Well, needless to say, I did. Here, using Knit Picks Wool of the Andes in Bare on US2 needles, are some progress pictures.

First, a picture of the rib un-stretched – not so great, huh?

Now, a look at the sock stretched out:

Isn’t that a pretty pattern? I am impressed. It is sooo simple but I still like it. The only modification I made was to use a right twist (RT) instead of the left twist. I find RTs way easier and faster than LTs.

This is the first project that I’ve started for myself in a while. I don’t usually enjoy knitting for myself. First of all, there is absolutely no pressure to get the job done. Secondly, I feel a little selfish when someone asks me who I’m knitting for – it makes me want to make Me Projects at home in a dark corner. I confess – I officially have Gift Knitter’s Guilt.

Several people have asked me how it’s possible to knit and nurse. Briefly, you hold the baby in the cradle position with one arm, propping up her head in the crook of your arm. The arm holding the baby can really only hold onto the project and keep it steady. Any throwing or picking has to be done with the other hand. It’s slower but still possible. Of course, cables, twists and colorwork are hard. So is working on DPNs – you just have to hold the knitting far enough from the baby that there’s no danger of poking the little one with a needle.

Speaking of baby, I will leave you with more pics.



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21 comments so far

  1. Laura B on

    I totally agree about those socks! Yours look great!

  2. Laura B on

    I totally agree about those socks! Yours look great!

  3. goodkarma on

    What a sweet little bean you have! I still haven’t tried knitting while nursing. The most adventurous thing I do is sudoku puzzles. :) I do like that sock pattern, though and think it looks lovely in creamy white.

  4. Theresa on

    Those socks do look so stunning in a neutral yarn.

  5. Theresa on

    Those socks do look so stunning in a neutral yarn.

  6. I.M. Knittified on

    Hey, don’t feel guilty…enjoy knitting for yourself. Love those socks…I may just have to make a pair.

  7. I.M. Knittified on

    Hey, don’t feel guilty…enjoy knitting for yourself. Love those socks…I may just have to make a pair.

  8. Christine on

    OK, you’ve now GOT to put in about 4 baby pics each post. That’s all there is to it! She’s a DOLL!

    I’m thinking I may even have to venture off my boring ol’ 2X2 or 3X1 rib socks to try out that pair too!
    Take care! I’m thinking I’ll try to make one of the Knit Lawrence meetings in November and spend some $$ at yarn barn too! I’ll let you know when I finally get organized!

  9. Christine on

    OK, you’ve now GOT to put in about 4 baby pics each post. That’s all there is to it! She’s a DOLL!

    I’m thinking I may even have to venture off my boring ol’ 2X2 or 3X1 rib socks to try out that pair too!
    Take care! I’m thinking I’ll try to make one of the Knit Lawrence meetings in November and spend some $$ at yarn barn too! I’ll let you know when I finally get organized!

  10. Anny on

    OMG! Elinor those socks look fantastic!!! And you’re totally right, the hello yarn photo doesn’t do them justice. I’ve seen it before and stuck in a maybe pile a zillion years ago…but now they’re a must knit!

    Yours are looking great ;0)

  11. Anny on

    OMG! Elinor those socks look fantastic!!! And you’re totally right, the hello yarn photo doesn’t do them justice. I’ve seen it before and stuck in a maybe pile a zillion years ago…but now they’re a must knit!

    Yours are looking great ;0)

  12. PurlGirl on

    She is getting so big, and beautiful. The socks look great! Sorry I missed KL last Sat., but I will be at the next.
    Anna

  13. PurlGirl on

    She is getting so big, and beautiful. The socks look great! Sorry I missed KL last Sat., but I will be at the next.
    Anna

  14. diana on

    That sock pattern is lovely! I love the neutral pair you are making.

  15. diana on

    That sock pattern is lovely! I love the neutral pair you are making.

  16. lomester on

    the socks are cute… but the baby… the baby is ADORABLE!

  17. lomester on

    the socks are cute… but the baby… the baby is ADORABLE!

  18. amanda cathleen on

    your socks look great! And your little one is too cute. I have the same boppy. ; )

  19. amanda cathleen on

    your socks look great! And your little one is too cute. I have the same boppy. ; )

  20. Theresa on

    What a cutie!! (And the socks are great too!) :-)

  21. Theresa on

    What a cutie!! (And the socks are great too!) :-)


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