I have a new knitting love! I love knitting socks! I love that they are easily transportable. I love that I can work on them standing up while just waiting in line to pass the time or at the park while my son plays. I love that (once you get the hang of it) they are a quick, almost instant gratification, project.
Ok, I’ll admit that I’ve only completed one pair of socks, but I’m already hooked! They are so comfy and better than those mass produced, machine made, store bought socks. Yes, they are a bit more expensive (the yarn alone for my first pair cost me probably around 7 bucks and I could probably get 3 pairs of machine made socks from the store for that price), but they are handmade and well worth it! I wore mine all afternoon yesterday! I went out Saturday and picked up some more sock yarn (some of the good stuff like Heritage Paints and Berroco Sox) and I picked up some more of the Deborah Norville Collection’s Serenity Sock yarn in red to work on a second pair that I’ll, if they come out well, give to my mom for Christmas or maybe even Mother’s Day. I started them during the last half hour of The Walking Dead last night. lol
So, here’s a picture of my first sock. Pretty, isn’t it?
I made them out of Deborah Norville’s Serenity Sock yarn in a colorway called Chili that I initially bought with plans to attempt to crochet socks, but I just wasn’t feeling it. Socks, in my opinion have to be knit. Oh, and everyone was so surprised that my first pair of socks had stripes. They thought I was changing colors! I had to admit I was using “cheater yarn” that makes the stripes for you. lol
I started with a cuff down sock rather than toe up since I wasn’t comfortable with the magic loop method of knitting, using circular needles. I just can’t get the hang of it. I probably just need more practice. I do have the book Two at a Time Toes Up Socks, so now that I know how the whole sock process works I may have to give it another go.
Since I did cuff down, I had to learn, what I thought of initially as a daunting task, the kitchener stitch. After looking on You Tube, I found a great video (Kelly’s Sock Class – Kitchener Stitch) that walked me through the whole process and it was amazing just how stupidly simple it is. There’s nothing scary about it at all! I made a couple mistakes my first time doing it, but it’s not noticeable unless you are looking directly at the toe of my first sock and lets face it, who’s going to see it when I have my foot in a shoe?
I’m gonna admit that they aren’t perfect and I made a few mistakes that I had to fix, like tinking 10 rows at the gusset where I misread the pattern and forgot to knit every other row (I did my decrease rows one after the other – oops!) The second sock is a smidgen longer than the first and has a slight pink tip, where the first doesn’t – oh well. I made sure I measured multiple times to make sure they’d be the same length, but apparently my measuring skills need some work. lol I slid the first sock on my foot and measured, but didn’t do that for the 2nd…Guess that will probably be my go to technique when making socks for myself. The first sock has a couple stitches on the toe where I purled off when I should have knitted off for the kitchener stitch…but, what are you gonna do?
So, there you have it, my new knitting love! I hope to keep making more socks as they are fun to make…I just hope I don’t start having “second sock syndrome!” That would be the pits!