Jooles lives in West Sussex, England with her husband, two (almost!) grown up children and her dear little Whippet Mabel. She likes to dabble in all manner of handcrafts but knitting socks is close to her heart as learning helped her through a very tricky part of her life – she is now addicted to knitting, especially socks. You can find her on Ravelry, Instagram and Etsy as well as on Youtube where you can watch her podcast.
Pattern: Tulsi Socks | Yarn: Sweet Sparrow Yarns Magpie in Shy Violets | Needles: 2.5 mm / US 2 |Made for: me
When did you start knitting and what was your first project?
I started knitting as little girl, I used to make (very ugly clothes!) for my dolls but then I didn’t knit properly for maybe 30 years or more when I remember seeing hand knit socks everywhere which I couldn’t get out of my mind – they seemed so impossibly complicated to me at the time. I was going through a very tricky time in my life with depression and anxiety and for some odd reason all I could think of was learning to knit them and it was the very best thing I could have done – I found it very hard to focus but slowly by slowly I taught myself using the wonderful YouTube videos that kind people put out there, it gave me something to take my mind off my thoughts and just focus on something wonderful and fulfilling. I really feel that socks saved me.
What's on your needles right now?
Right now I have socks on my needles – no surprise there! I’ve just cast on the ‘I heart Bees’ socks by Vanessa Townley which I’m knitting as part of a make-a-long that I’m hosting called ‘Bee Happy’ make along. I have also recently started a patchwork blanket which I am really enjoying. I do have a lot of other WIP’s but my list will go on a bit so I’ll leave it there!
Did you learn any new skills with this pattern?
All the ‘cool kids on the block’ were knitting the Tulsi socks so even though the stitch pattern looked a little tricky to my ‘new to sock knitting brain’ I decided to have a go – the stitch pattern was such a revelation, so easy and so eye catching, I couldn’t believe I could knit something so beautiful and professional looking. The only issue I had was that I was a very tight knitter so I ended up just doing the pattern on the front of the socks so they had a little more stretch.
How do you prefer to wear your Tulsi Socks?
As often as possible!