Attention, everyone: I have knit my very first pair of socks!
I can't believe it! Yes, I can. Maybe.
I know, I know. They're not that amazing. Even though my gauge was fine, these socks are big, floppy monsters. And one is even bigger and floppier than the other because I somehow missed a set of decreases and straight rows on my first sock and then remembered them on the second one. I've already made a note to myself to make my 'mistake' the next time I make these.
But that was the whole point. I have made a pair of socks and now I know how to knit socks. If I do this a few more times, I can find out what types of socks I like to make or wear. Maybe I want to use the magic loop method with one really long circular needle, or maybe I love knitting with four double-pointed needles. I already know that I like working with bamboo needles when I'm working with DPNs, and I know that because I've tried different types--and I'm sure knitting socks is kind of like that. I'm just going to keep trying stuff out and seeing what works and what I enjoy.
I do know that I love the yarn I used for this. This yarn is actually what made me go ahead and try to knit some socks for myself! It's Patons Kroy Socks in Ragg Blue. Obviously I didn't use a new skein for my second sock, and just picked up the new one when I ran out of yarn. I'm frugal (or cheap), and I already knew these socks weren't going to be perfect. So I've got some weird stripes going on here. Some of them I like, but some are a little silly.
|Yes, I am referring to you, heel turning weirdness.|
But being free to make all kinds of mistakes let me plunge right into this messy attempt and keep going even thought I could tell these weren't going to be my best works. The instructions in I Can't Believe I'm Knitting Socks were remarkably clear and I chose the Basic Socks pattern to keep things simple and....basic. And they were! And, in spite of all the flaws I've just listed with my own knitting, I love these socks.
I've been wearing my very own hand knit socks around the house each evening and my feet are warm and stripey, even if they are a little too slouchy. I mean, I made these socks! With my hands and needles! I'm feeling proud and happy with these, and I Can't Believe I'm Knitting Socks is an excellent guide for learning how to knit socks--and has some lovely patterns as well! I made sure to stick to the pattern (except for when I forgot to), unlike the last time I had a pretty sad attempt at making a single toddler sock. Which reminds me! Now I need to look for a toddler-sized pattern (I'm not getting crazy with mods just yet--at least not with this type of knitting) so I can make some small socks for my small girl.
Because now I know how.