Monday, April 20, 2009

Knit Socks? Me? NEVER!!!

I was one of those knitters that was never going to knit socks. I didn't want to waste my knitting time on something that no one's going to see unless I pull up the leg of my pants, show while the sock was a WIP, or carry around a finished sock. No sock knitting for me.

Then I have a really great friend (who knows how much I hate her in the most loving way for this) who tells me to knit just one pair. See if I like it, be able to say that hey, I knitted a pair of socks.

All throughout the leg I'm going on about how much I hate knitting socks, I'm never making another pair. This one pair is it and then I'm done.

Not the case. I was in love with socks as soon as I turned the heel.

So what do I get for myself on Saturday? Socks A La Carte: Pick and Choose Patterns to Knit Socks Your Way.

I can not wait to work on a pair of socks from this book. You can choose the cuff, leg, and heel/toe that you want to use for a pair of socks. It even has a section with the pages in thirds so that you can flip the page for each element of the sock to have a small "preview" of what your sock will look like.

Right now I'm working on a pair of Jaywalkers. I'm using
Patons Stretch Sock in the Licorice colorway. It's a yarn that pools, so I wanted to pick out a pattern that would work well with pooling yarn. I also decided to use this yarn with the pattern because the pattern doesn't have a lot of give to it. With the stretchiness of this yarn I'm making the smallest size given. The pattern is easy to remember and I'm loving how it's working up with this yarn.

It's an odd yarn to work with because of how it stretches. Talk about not holding the yarn taunt as you work with it. My knitting seems to be coming out evenly though.

Here's how the leg on the first sock looks. I'm working on the heel flap section now, and it should be easy flying with the rest of the sock after that. I really just want to turn the heel. It's just magical, the best part of the sock!


Fluzz said...


I am immune to sock addiction with having size 10 UK feet but if you have small feet I see the addiction there ;)

What the HECK is "Cultsted"?

Amybel said...

I've vowed not to start socks for the exact reason! I know I would get addicted and you have just proven it. Well, that and I would need a whole new stash...not that it would be a bad thing!

MORGAN said...

I am immune to the addiction, I think; finished one pair a long time ago, started another a long time ago too, but I don't think they'll ever get finished - although I do have a sock addiction, but luckily my mom loves nothing else than knitting socks...

MORGAN said...

your socks look great, btw!