Knitting socks is a favourite with the Knit & Natter group I attend – we meet on a weekly basis at a wonderful haberdashery & gift shop…
…it always amazes me that such a diverse group of people can meet together & enjoy each others company for a sociable couple of hours each week – we’re never short of conversation (or chocolate biscuits)!
There are those who knit & those that like to crochet – such an amazing range of items are produced: blankets, jumpers, bags, hats, scarves, socks, slippers, flowers, table mats, hedgehogs (yes, rather cute knitted hedgehogs) – you name it & I think we’ve made it between us!!
Tonight saw quite a few socks being knitted – there are some absolutely gorgeous yarns available for this…
…once tried, sock knitting is definitely addictive – yet another excuse to purchase more beautiful yarn!
We have numerous discussions about which is the best technique to sew up the toe – the 3-needle cast-off or the dreaded & complicated graft known as Kitchener Stitch!! Having previously used the easier 3-needle cast-off I decided to give grafting a go – I researched a few different sets of instructions on the internet – Ravelry is extremely helpful – finally I decided on these instructions which made the most sense…
SET UP – Hold both needles side by side horizontally in front of you with tapestry needle threaded on to yarn:
Bring tapestry needle through first stitch on front needle purlwise – leave on needle
Bring tapestry needle through first stitch on back needle knitwise – leave on needle
Bring needle through first front stitch knitwise – slip off needle
Bring needle through first front stitch purlwise – leave on needle
Bring needle through first back stitch purlwise – slip off needle
Bring needle through first back stitch knitwise – leave on needle
Mantra – KNIT KNIT SLIP PURL PURL SLIP
…worked first time & there I had it, a perfect seamless graft – so chuffed with myself!
Never knitted socks? Give it a go, you too may become addicted!!
Today dawned bright & sunny – such a contrast to yesterday! Still chilly though, so soup for lunch to warm us up…
I like to make my soup in my slow cooker so that it just sits there until I need it but this recipe also works well in a saucepan
Ingredients – serves 4:
50g oil or butter (or a mix of both)
100g sliced leeks
200g chopped parsnip
1 tsp ground coriander
1/2 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp turmeric
1/4 tsp chilli powder – optional
50g plain or gluten free flour
vegetable stock cube – I prefer the Kallo range of organic stock cubes – they add just the right amount of seasoning, have great flavour & are gluten free
Melt butter & oil
Add the leeks & parsnip
Cook gently – without colouring – for 10 minutes
Stir in the spices & flour
Add the water & stock cube
Bring to the boil & simmer for 20 minutes or leave in slow cooker
Add the milk & blend until smooth
Reheat gently with some freshly ground black pepper – perfect!
As the sun was still shining we opted for another family walk this afternoon – this time from our village, up alongside the railway line – we all love waving at the trains hoping the driver will give us a toot & a wave!! No luck today but the bright moon kept watch over us…
My name is Sally & I live at Llawnroc Cottage in rural Staffordshire – my ‘kitchen table’ business is based around my love of cooking & crafting – I hope you’ll join me as I share favourite recipes & showcase my makes around a busy family life!