Well, I’m finally doing it. I don’t know if it was the fact that I’m going to see the Yarn Harlot on Monday, or what, but I have been completely consumed with the idea of making socks. Yes, I know, I have a plethora of sock books on my shelf, but truth time–I’ve never actually made one. In fact, I’ve made precious little from any book that I own. I was just telling one of my knitting groups on Yahoo! that I have lots of books but use them mostly for inspiration, and that when it comes to actual knitting I pretty much do my own thing. I’ve always been like that, I guess. But, I digress.
Have I mentioned that this is my first sock? Haha. I decided right off the bat in the spirit of make-it-up-as-you-go-along that I would learn toe-up socks right off the bat. That way, they could be tried on as I go and I’d never really need a pattern. Woo hoo!
I decided to use the Come to Silver Two-At-a-Time Toe-up Sock Class, which I find to be very detailed with lots of photos and it’s turning out to be very easy to follow. Ok, nevermind the fact that I had to do the Figure 8 Cast On about 20 times before I finally got it, and honestly, I don’t even know now what I was doing wrong, because it’s easy! I can see why people like this way of doing socks. It’s quick to get started.
So, we’ll see how far I get before Monday with the Harlot. At least I’ll be there… knitting a sock. Squee!
New Book: Knitted Socks
So in keeping with the theme, here, I’ll mention a new book I just got with my Knit Picks shipment last week. Knitted Socks: Over 25 Designs for Fab Feet and Cozy Toes for the Whole Family is one of the most creative sock books I’ve ever seen. There’s everything in here, from cute and adorable, to fun and funky, to traditional with a twist. I especially love the lady bug baby socks and the penguin socks shown on the cover. But there are some cool patterned designs and flip flop socks and rainbow toe socks like the ones I coveted in the 70s. There’s also a pattern for cute little no-show socklets like what my daughter likes to wear.
The coolest part of the book is a brief section in the back that talks about combining elements from the various patterns to come up with a whole new design, and a section on designing your own socks. I like this book a lot!