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Sue's Knitted Socks 2014

 

How-to  ~  Ideas  ~  Inspiration
 From more than forty years having a good time living a sustainable life
in the northwoods of Michigan's Upper Peninsula


     Practical or fanciful, complex or simple, at home or on the road, it's a wide world that is inhabited by a diverse and often dedicated group of knitters. And a fun bunch they are!

I don't remember learning to knit, it was something that was just around. My Mom did some knitting, probably my older sisters did. Steve remembers his Mom showing him how to knit. I do remember as a teen picking out a pattern from the stack of small booklets my mom subscribed to (mmm, what were they called? Lots of patterns in small print, black & white.). I chose a baby sweater set, maybe for a cousin. Found some pretty yellow baby yarn (there was always yarn and fabric around in our house), some needles, and proceeded, on my own, with very little knowledge but with enthusiasm and possibly a how-to-knit article or booklet. I deciphered and learned as I made my way through the sketchy instructions, making up what I didn't understand. I recall I did happily end up with a little sweater.

I knitted a few baby sweaters, crocheted some hats, knitted a couple of vests and mittens, followed whatever interested me at the time, more or less using printed instructions. It wasn't long before I started changing and adapting as I went along, following my own ideas. Then I discovered Fair Isle style knitting. My knitting world, and my sock drawer, burst into full gear.

You won't find complete instructions here, there are plenty of books, many very good ones, with great instructions written by more experienced and knowledgeable knitters than I, on how to knit. But I'd like to share with you my designs, for your own inspiration and ideas, as I've gleaned ideas and inspirations from others. And just for the fun of it.


Copyright by Susan Robishaw
 



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