It's been pretty busy here at Chez Taylor-Dyce, between the dog, the chickens, helping a friend emigrate, helping a friend immigrate and sorting my flat (we had a flood through a bookcase so currently all the books in the flat are in piles around the living room. Oh, and I gave my desk away now I don't need it anymore, leading to a resort and clean of my study for the first time in 4 years. Boy, there is a LOT of crap in that tiny room...)
So, in between times I've needed something quick and simple to knit in front of endless re-runs of the American Office. I love that show to pieces, I've watched each episode at least 5 times, it's really quite tragic. Since I'm low on money and high on time at the moment, I figured I might restart my Etsy shop, this time just focusing on handmade things. I want to stock maybe 4 designs to begin with, something that I can make relatively quickly so I'm not making a ridiculous loss on my time and something I can make to a relatively professional standard. So basically, nothing with zips.
For the moment, I've settled on mobile socks for my first design, using a super simple cable pattern my Mum taught me years ago. I can knock one out in about 2 hours, using stash wool and buttons. That's another restriction I've placed on myself for the shop, I can only use fabric or wool from my stash. I'm planning a stash amnesty post soon where I show the true extent of my hoarding but to be honest, I'm scared that some of you are going to be put off my blog thinking I'm some kind of obsessive-compulsive packrat so I'm saving that for a braver day.
These four little socks are the first trials of my 'design' (by 'design' I mean, 'knitted rectangle'). I especially like the heather green sock, that was a ball of vintage wool from my stash, complete with price tag in pre-metric money.
These have yet to be blocked, which is why they look more wonky than rectangular, but I like the look already. The last grey photo is with a mobile inside, so you can see how snuggly warm and protected your mobile would be!