As Xmas loomed I decided I needed a small knitting project to work on, something to take on a long car journey or to easily do around visitors. Socks seemed to be the answer. My favourite local yarn shop is the delightful Handmade Gallery in Rowlands Castle, Hampshire. Tucked in a tiny old cottage which is perfectly positioned next to a tea shop. This little studio shop offers a wonderful selection of unusual handmade gifts as well as oodles of yarns to choose from. Old favourites are displayed alongside an array of handdyed fibres from indy dyers as well as books and accessories, all in a cosy setting with a welcoming seating area. My choice this time was some sock yarn in shades of blue and yellow from West Yorkshire Spinners and the end result was a pair of very cosy ribbed socks.
By complete coincidence, the stripes ended up starting at exactly the same point for both socks so the tops match perfectly, however something went awry at the toe of the second one so one is a fraction longer than the other! Still lots to learn so I think this is going to be the Year Of The Sock for me.