I would never have thought of knitting socks but I can't help admiring my first effort. I have tried knitting in the round before and always the piece I was knitting turned out twisted and uneven with ladder like stripes of loose stitches running up the length. But the more I looked at other peoples blogs and websites it seemed that knitting a good pair of socks was practically a prerequisite of being a knitting blogger, a wooly graduation piece. And who could fail to be inspired by this photograph? A kind twitter friend told me about the wonderful on line shop for all things socky p2tog from where I bought two balls of self striping Opal sock yarn new double pointed needles and received a free pattern too.
Blogging about my knitting has made me think more before embarking on a new project. I wondered why I always got the ladder effect of loose stitches when I used DPNS. Perhaps everyone knows this but it occurred to me if I knitted one stitch off the following needle all the way round so that the stitches constantly changed paces on the needles I would avoid this unevenness. It worked. I was completely astonished to find that from the very beginning I loved knitting my socks.
What also kept me knitting 'just one more round' was the yarn. Self striping yarn means just that, as you knit, up comes a new colour and all you want to do is knit more to see how the stripes will turn out.
I took my socks to my first ever knitting group and one of the other members supervised me turning my first heel. Needing stitch markers I made my own. I'm completely won over, even the men in my household are impressed (they may be receiving socks as presents one day).
The pattern came with very helpful instructions on adjusting the size of your socks, I knit a little tightly, and needed to make the the socks larger (following instructions stitches are added in multiples of four) and longer. I still had enough yarn in one 100gm ball.
Right of passaged completed.