Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Sock Knitting

The weather here has been really cold lately and my feet have been freezing!! I hate cold feet. So I decided I was going to knit myself a pair of socks… this is not the first time I wanted to knit a pair of socks in fact it’s like the 4th. However my first attempt at sock knitting didn’t go to well. I have a tendency to bite off more than I can handle the first go at things and the sock pattern I chose was a bit much and a bit difficult with the yarn chosen. it was a top down sock and by the time I got to the heel I was lost and wasn’t sure if I was doing it correctly( turns out I was).... so I frogged it. The second attempt was with a toe up pair of socks and that was going well but I got impatient and once again frogged it. Then I decided I was going to start small and test out a pair of baby socks...I made one and it came out great...super cute....but got second sock syndrome and never made the second sock....I was going to go back to it but I had altered the pattern and by the time I went to work on the second sock I had forgotten the alterations I made.

This time around I was determined to make myself a pair of socks and not lose interest. So I grabbed the yarn I wanted to make the first sock with and got to work. I didn’t have a specific pattern in mind so I kind of just made it up as I went and refreshed my knowledge on the different parts of a sock. I am rather happy with the results. I used Joann’s sensations angel hair which is a bulky yarn on size 8 needles, the cuff is really short and comes just to the top of my ankle. The instep has a mock cable running down the middle which I love. The first sock has a rather slanted/pointy toe...which isn’t bad since that's how my toes actually look but it is a little tight....the second sock I added a couple stitches more so it wouldn't be so tight and now the toe on that one doesn't have a huge slant to it and fits wonderfully. The socks are very warm and squishy they're great for around the house.
I have since bought Cat Bordhi's book "new pathways for sock knitters" and once the holiday commences I want to make a second pair for myself and a couple baby pairs for my aunt who is expecting sometime in March.

I am almost done with my swap box for the kitty swap group on ravelry. I just need to print out the cookie recipe and knit up one more toy and stuff the first with cat nip. The package was supposed to go out on the 15th but I have been insanely crazy with school work and finals. I did let the swap leader know I wouldn’t be able to finish on time but would get in out within the following week….today is my day off from work and even though I should be studying I am not. Instead I finished my Christmas shopping up and now I’m going to see about finishing my swap knitting and then maybe I will study for a little bit.

The picture on the left is one of the socks I just finished and the one at the top is the baby one I made and never got around to finishing the second one.

1 comment:

Knittingbear said...

Nice work! Looking forward to more :)