When I first started knitting, like many, I used good ‘ol acrylic. It was socks that introduced me to all the beautiful indie dyed yarns, which opened up the world of knitting for me. I felt this is a good place to start my story. How I learned to knit socks.
Disclaimer: This is a long one. I’ve included links that helped me through this process along with a list of patterns used. I do hope you’ll find it useful if you are a beginner sock knitter or thinking of casting on your first pair, or even if you’re simply curious to know how I got this party started.
I was making scarves for my husband and eldest son at the time. Knitting podcasts kept me company and almost every. single. one of them was making socks. I remember thinking – WHY? I don’t see the point. How can one even knit with such fine yarn and tiny, tiny needles? Not to mention how expensive yarn is only to put on your feet???
Fast forward 2 years later, and I am now a self-professed SOCK ADDICT.
I ALWAYS have a pair on the needles (sometimes two or three – don’t judge!) and carry it everywhere I go.
When I got the hang of it, I told my family they were all getting socks for Christmas.
2016 was the year of socks.
This is how it began…
Pearadise Island is a play on 2 of my favorite things:
Pears + Paradise.
I had extreme morning sickness while pregnant with my third child. One day, my best friend, Matilda, came over out of the blue and made me lunch. It was THE most amazing sandwich with sliced pears, cheese and bacon. I can’t tell you how comforting it was to eat that meal, and for the first time, be able to hold it down. Ever since then, I associate pears with her and our friendship. She is my soul sistah. We have been friends for over 20 years and I am so blessed to have her in my life.
My husband, Radley has been my biggest supporter from day 1. We grew up together. We share the same birthday. He is funny and kind, plus, some might argue he looks like The Rock. I will never forget the day we got married – in paradise – Punta Cana, Dominican Republic surrounded by family and friends. He is my home, and my inspiration every single day.
So, there you have it. The story behind my name. I owe a lot to these two. It is because of them and their never ending words of encouragement that has pushed me to come out of my comfort zone and put myself out there. I began sharing my projects on Instagram last year. And now, with the help of my amazing husband – I have started this blog so you can get to know me a little better.
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