Socks: Try Again

 … and I did with great results.  😀

For the last year, I’ve been trying to knit socks.  I tried it with dpns; I felt as if I was fighting with a porcupine.  Plus the ladders were as wide as a tightrope so that method was just not cutting it.  Then I tried magic loop.  Honestly, some days, magic loop worked for me, other days… I have no idea what the heck happened.  😳  But even with those dismal attempts, that didn’t stop me from wanting to make socks!

When I was asked about knitting socks, I typically responded: “my name is Nicky, and I’ve NEVER knit a sock.  That doesn’t stop me from buying sock yarn or saving sock patterns or reading sock books.”  For the last 6 months, a couple of times per week, this was my bedtime reading:

Bedtime ReadingI’d drool over the patterns, try to work out the popular techniques (dpns & magic loop) but my progress was not consistent enough for me to actually start making socks.  😦  After a while, I was beginning to think that I was slow!  😛  I just couldn’t understand how these techniques connected well for other knitters but not for me.  But I’ve since learned that everything is not for everyone and  I just needed to persevere and find what works for me.

One day I was going through “Getting Started Making Socks” by Ann Budd.  This was gifted to me in one of the first swaps I ever participated in on Ravelry .  The index card my swap partner attached to that gift fell out and it reminded me that she knit socks with a 9 inch circular needle.  Of course that had me scouring the internet, Ravelry and Youtube.  From each source, I got invaluable resources; this post by Kara of Rockin’ Granola and these videos from Pat Springer (now dubbed Sock Knitting Rockstar by me 😀 ), pushed me over the 9 inch edge and sock knitting became a real possibility for me.  Then I thought of all the other fun stuff I could do with these small diameter needles — fingerless mittens, sleeves — woooooooooooooo weeeeeee!!! 😀

I ordered some 9 inch Chiaogoo needles from Handsome Fibers and some Hiya Hiyas from Pat (which the post office claims they delivered but I haven’t gotten mail for the last four days and they don’t know what happened to the packet … ughhh 🙄 ).  Since the Chiaogoos got to me in three days, I was ready to start.  😀

I’m not going to lie, it took a little practice to get use to the diameter of the 9 inch needles but once I loosened the death grip that I typically have on my needles, I was off and flying!  😀    And before long … I had this:

First Sockthe beginning of my first pair of socks.  😀  Right now, I’m following Pat’s videos and doing a basic, vanilla pattern.  I figure I’d get myself familiarized with sock construction and knitting before I begin busting out the patterns from my other sock books.  Since there’s not much out there on knitting socks with such small needles, I know I’ll have to make some adjustments when knitting other patterns, since they are not customised for these needles.  But I don’t care … I’m just glad that I can actually do this!!!

This week got even better craft-wise:

2752I got my new W.I.P basket  (just beeeyoutiful  :D),  bought cheapo placemats from Ikea and made sock blockers using this tutorial (ain’t they pretty 😀 ), tried on my sock on my home-made sock blocker, and got yarn I ordered two weeks ago to make Andi Satterlund’s Miette to replace my VS cropped sweater that had bitten the dust.   Some Berroco Lustra; just lovely!   (Don’t even ask about coldsheeping — I restarted that as at June 25th  😛 )  Couldn’t ask for a better week craft wise.

Moral of the story: if at first you don’t succeed, dust yourself off and try again, you can dust it off  and try again.  Thanks Aaliyah!!!

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11 comments

  1. Wow- 9″ circs! I’ve never tried them (I’m a magic loop sock knitter) but glad you found your sock groove. The look great so far!

    And your sock blockers are genius! I may have to pick up a few placemats the next time I’m at IKEA.

    1. Jody, thanks so much for visiting. 😀 I ‘m having a total fan girl moment right now … LOLOL!

      The circs are perfect for me. Some people complained about hand cramps etc but I’ve had none of that so far. Once I got used to the size, I was off!

      Thank the crafty community for the sock blockers. I got the tutorials from Eskimimi Makes and a couple other crafty ladies. I agree, it is genius!!! Compare paying 4.98 (mats at 2.49 each) to 30 bucks and above for sock blockers, I’ll take the cheapo version! LOLOL!

  2. It’s like trying to wrangle an octopus, huh? 🙂 I never got the sock bug but I like DPNs for other things. I love this pink yarn! They’re gonna be gorgeous!

    1. And I tip my hat to you! 😀 I think I need to know how to use them for other things as well; I’m going to put that down as a technique to revisit.

      The heel is turned and I can’t wait to start working on the foot. 😀

  3. Yay to socks. So glad you jumped back on the train. I think the key to socks is finding your own groove. Well done on you for persevering! They look lovely so far. The sock blockers are quite fab as well.

    1. They really do; looking at them makes me smile! 😀

      Thanks so much for the sock love; I can’t wait to complete my reno cleanup so I could go ahead and tackle the heel and the heel turn. Fun times ahead! 😀

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