Will knit for wool

I wrote a post a few weeks ago about wanting to do more bartering, so I was delighted the other day to receive a message from a friend who is about to move house and is sorting out ‘stuff‘. He wanted to know if I would be interested in an exchange… he’d got some merino wool tops suitable for felting, did I want them and what would I offer in exchange? After a bit of discussion, we settled on a pair of hand-knitted socks. I sent him a photograph of my stash of sock wool:

My current sock yarn stash

My current sock yarn stash (smaller than it used to be!)

and he selected the colours he liked.

I still haven’t received his foot measurements yet, but that’s not a problem for the time being… I can do as far as just beyond the heel for both feet before I need to know. So at present on my needles are Eddie’s socks… I hope he likes them:

Work in progress on Eddie's sock (displayed with my happy snail yarn bowl)

Work in progress on Eddie’s sock (displayed with my happy snail yarn bowl)

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  1. Sheena

     /  November 9, 2013

    What a good idea! I’ll have to keep bartering my knitting in mind the next time I need help with something I can’t do on my own!

    P.S. Nice socks! Do you have any tips for avoiding ladders when using DPNs?


    • My knitting with dpns has improved immeasurably since I found needles that suit me. I used to use steel ones, but find them too heavy and slippery… then I experimented with bamboo, which were better, but several splintered and became rough. Finally, I tried the wooden ones you see in the picture and they were just right (they are KnitPro Symphony), a comfortable weight and they do not slip out of the stitches at my tension. The other thing that has helped is that I stopped using 20cm (8 inch) needles and went on to 15cm (6 inch) ones… I find these much more manageable, especially when using five of them at a time.


  2. Ann Owen

     /  November 9, 2013

    Wow, Eddie’s got a good deal!


  3. Great idea!



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