I’ve decided that this is the year to tackle sock knitting.
I’ve been terrified of the whole process – the heel, the toe, the double-pointed needles, etc.
I had read this blog post about knitting a sock using a 9” circular needle and that was the “Ah-Ha!” moment for me. I hate double-pointed needles. Circular needles I can do. Socks suddenly became a possibility.
The first sock was actually so very easy – even the heel. I got some more excellent advice at a local yarn shop (Knitting in the Red) when she told me “just do what the instructions say.” Oh yeah? I thought.
But, you know what? It worked! (crazy, I know)
So, I have one sock finished and I’m working on the second.
The second sock is being a little cranky – dropped stitches and the like – so it’s in time out right now. I think I’ll pick it up again in a few days when I’m not so annoyed with it.
The yarn is Berroco Sox in “Humberside” colorway. I love the pattern. But I’m not crazy about the yarn. For someone with a wool sensitivity, it’s scratchy and irritates my skin when I knit with it – I feel like I have rope burn where the yarn slides across my skin. Not sure yet if I will keep the socks when they are done. I’m not sure I want to give away my first-ever socks, but I’m not sure I’ll be able to wear them, either. Maybe Big Girl will get them. She’s been asking for them for a while.
So, while these are in time out, I’ve decided to start another pair (because who has only one knitting project going at a time?!?)
The pattern is “Vanilla Latte Socks” and I love the way it looks and can’t wait to see how this Republic of Wool yarn knits up. I love how soft it feels. It’s 80% superwash merino and 20% nylon. Happy, happy colors.
Hopefully, these won’t be as cranky as the purple ones.
And, hopefully, I’ll have warm footsies this winter with new socks to wear!