Sunday, October 29, 2006

Me and my big feet!

Actually I don`t think they are really that big, size 7 1/2 to be precise, but I am beginning to despair of ever finding decent looking shoes to fit. It`s not as though they are that funny a shape, the majority of size 7`s fit fine widthwise, but I need them just a tiny bit longer. I do so wish that manufacturers would understand that just because I need an extra half size in length it doesn`t mean my feet are suddenly much, much wider. Grrrrr. They all seem to be as bad as each other, though Clarks have been very helpful in offering to get certain styles in for me to try.

In fact Clarks have been very good this week (and here eventually comes the knitting link) whilst I was in there I asked if they might have a couple of spare shoe boxes for our Love in a box and they happily produced some together with carrier bags to keep them dry, however, DD immediately snaffled the small one leaving me with a gents size 11 box! Now, I have always been surprised how much you can fit into a shoe box anyway, so my bits looked a little bit lost, cue photo.....

I whipped out some large needles and the left over wool from the hat, and created a `space filling` scarf using the same mock rib as the hat on a reverse stocking stitch background - I now realise it should have had a garter stitch border, as even after wet blocking and steam blocking it still has a tendency to curl - but hey, I`ll just pretend it was a design feature!
This week I took delivery of some really nice bamboo dpns, all the way from Hong Kong! from Joycesupershop . I was a bit sceptical as to what they would actually be like in view of the ridiculously low price - 12 sets of 5 x 6" dpns for .....wait for it 99p plus £11 postage, and when I opened the package which arrived in double quick time and saw it included a piece of sandpaper! I wondered again - but they are BRILLIANT, I love working with them, even with Wendy Fusion which isn`t the slipperiest of yarns they are just great (that`s where the 12th pair are at the moment) and in sizes from 2mm to 8mm I should be set for anything. I know where I will be looking if I want any other needles.


Bryony said...

I bought from them for my bamboo straight needles. They knit beautifully :D And I can vouch for them being quick too! Hoorah!

Rain said...

I can't praise my needles from Joyce enough - a gentle sand makes them so soft and smooth.

The scarf was a great idea for a space filler.

Hawkesley said...

Those needles look like a bargain!

Helen said...

Great needle haul - they look like a real bargain.

You could try adding a crochet border around the scarf edge to stiffen it up??


KnitYoga said...

That is annoying about the shoe fitting. I think most shoe shops don't seem to really care about proper shoe fitting and you have to go to a specialist shop where they do care. Unfortunately, shops like these seem to be so few and far between. The scarf is such a yummy colour and looks deliciously squidgy. Well done on the needles bargain - I've heard such good reports on these needles from several quarters now!

Lyonheart said...

Look at those wonderful needles!

craftybernie said...

Hi - stumbled across your blog while bloghopping this afternoon.

I noticed your comment re shoes. Not sure if you have done this already but have you ever heard of 'the shoe tailor. I buy my shoes from them all the time. They have their own website or you can see their range at or even

They have every style of shoe
under the sun, from regular fittings
up to EEE. They also do half sizes in the larger sizes too.

It's worth a look. Hope this helps.