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!!!

11 thoughts on “Socks: Try Again

  1. Jody July 9, 2013 / 7:27 am

    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.

    • Nicky July 9, 2013 / 9:45 am

      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. Heather July 8, 2013 / 4:03 pm

    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!

    • Nicky July 8, 2013 / 5:42 pm

      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. 😀

      • Heather July 8, 2013 / 5:57 pm

        I mostly use them for hats & bags ☺

  3. Andi July 7, 2013 / 9:44 pm

    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.

    • Nicky July 8, 2013 / 5:40 pm

      I’m glad I persevered too. I’m having a great time making these. 😀

  4. Preeti July 7, 2013 / 1:41 am

    The sock blockers rock! Glad you’ve found a way to do small circ knitting. These are going to be fab pink socks 🙂

    • Nicky July 7, 2013 / 8:34 am

      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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