Well, dear readers, while I know this blog is primarily crochet, everyone is aware that I post other stuff here sporadically – and today is one of those days. I’m not casually posting this – I’m so proud of my accomplishment I wanted to share it with you.
Today – I cast off my first sock. My first EVER knitted sock!
I rushed to put it on. And once it was on, I realized all in one moment why people knit their own socks.
It wasn’t just a sock – it was an experience!
I started my sock in October 2011. I first mentioned it on my blog on October 23rd – I started them a few days prior on a trip to see my mother and the blog was written after I got home.
I have never done a sock before and I don’t know why I decided to do a toe-up sock first. It was a challenge but I really like it and believe I’ll do all my socks as toe up from here on out (at least until I fall in love with another method)
I finished the foot portion of a first sock and didn’t know how to turn the heel, so instead of stopping all progress, I started a second sock while on a visit with my mother. I did not have a 2nd set of dpn’s so I went to Hobby Lobby and bought some – and I bought the wrong size!
By the time I figured out I had bought the wrong dpn’s (read fact 3 again if you missed it), I already had most of the foot of the 2nd sock done. I decided that I would try to turn a heel on the 2nd sock since I was going to have to remake it anyway. An that, my friends, was an epic fail.
I now know why people knit their own socks.
I did not write anything down and I didn’t work from a pattern. I am having trouble remembering how many I cast on, how many I increased too, how many for the foot, heel, and ribbed leg piece. I may be in trouble.
It will most likely bug me that the stripes do not line up with the next sock made…. but I’m still gonna wear ’em!
I went to YouTube to find a video on how to do a nice stretchy bind off for a toe up sock. I found a great video by kyarns. It was easy to understand and I watched it twice before tackling my sock. I didn’t even practice on a swatch!
Within seconds of finishing the sock, I had it on my foot.
Within seconds of my saying how wonderful my sock was. My children had already tried it on too. *laughs*
With all that said – I will most likely be casting on my second sock this weekend and will hope to have a pair within the next couple of weeks.
Happy Hookin’ (or Knitting, as the case may be!)