Friday, February 2, 2007

Socks-No, not the cat

Last weekend I decided to take on knitting socks for real. My first pair of socks were tube socks. I knitted those last year. I took it as my opportunity to knit on double pointed needles for the first time and make something besides a scarf or a square.
I was extremely proud of my tube socks until I found out that socks are little more complicated than knitting a tube. I put off knitting socks for a year. The heel part scared me. Turning and picking up stitches were things that I wasn't too comfortable doing.

Throughout last year I tried some new techniques (new to me) and knitted a ton. Speed up to last weekend...The bag of sock yarn I ordered from came in and I was desperate to knit with it. I knew another pair of tube socks wouldn't do. I went to Barnes and Noble and picked up Cat Bordhi's Socks Soar on Two Circular Needles. I enjoyed a beverage at the Starbucks. I paid 10% more than I would have if I went to a regular Starbucks since I don't have a membership card at B&N. I began reading my book and found I would have to go to the LYS to purchase two new pairs of Addis (darn!) I went to my LYS (where everyone was eating lunch and grumpy-but that's for another post!) and walked out confident that with my purchase I would only be hours away from knitting my first pair of real socks.

When I arrived home, I tore open the yarn, the Addis, and settled into the couch to begin knitting. It was a little hard to understand what exactly to do. I wish the book had a few more pictures. I'm a very visual person. I figured it out. Here are a couple of pics of my socks I have been knitting. I'm very proud. I don't think I'll ever use double pointed needles again!

I finished one of the socks finally. I must cast on immediately if I have any chance of finishing the second one. Here it is...