A first step (bad sock pun)

In which our heroine remembers socks

In starting to knit all over again, I decided to go back to basics. I am a better project starter than project finisher, and that is why I have never knit a pair of socks, despite having knit several socks.

I decided to find a pattern that I really loved and stick to it while reminding myself of basic sock construction techniques. After a few hours spent browsing Ravelry, I chose Melly A. Matthews’ Victoria. I loved the elegance of these socks and the stitch variety (I imagined it would be easier to keep myself interested through two socks with more pattern variation!) and the way the pattern curls to the side as it moves toward the toe.

Another deciding factor was that the pattern is available in both English and German. As I hope to one day publish my own patterns trilingually (in English, German and Scottish Gaelic), using a bilingual pattern seemed a good opportunity.

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I have not been disappointed – these socks have been a joy to knit. The pattern is complex, but not so complex that portions of it can’t be memorised. I quickly finished the first sock and began the second. I must admit that I haven’t finished yet, but I haven’t given up hope, either! As my Ravelry project page proudly states, I am 60% finished.

Besides, I could still use my completed sock as the star of a practice photo shoot I conducted in one of my favourite hidden Edinburgh spots back in September.

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Slowly, slowly

In which an aspiring knitwear designer begins her journey

Slowly, slowly I’m easing my way back into knitting after a hiatus. I used to knit with urgency, consuming online tutorials and videos with rapid abandon and rushing to finish projects in my frenzy to acquire more skills.

But knitting is an inherently slow process. We build each garment stitch by stitch. I burned out on frustration at the time involved and at the way that my rapidly designed projects never turned out exactly as I’d envisioned them.

Now, I’m returning to knitting with a renewed sense of purpose and more patience. I am discovering patterns I love and taking the time to relish their construction. I’m taking the time to sketch and plan, calculate and swatch. I am not staying up until 2am because I can’t bear not to finish a section (at least not often).

I am designing my own patterns and hoping to sell them, but I am building towards this slowly…. slowly. And when I get there, it will be all the better for the care I’ve taken along the way.

I plan to write about the adventures, successes and failures I have as I develop my designs. If you’d like to read about the creative process, knitting and knitwear design with occasional tangents about history, culture, folklore and the beauty of Edinburgh, I hope you will join me along the way.