The next step

In my last post I mentioned how I’ve finally gotten the hang of Kitchener stitch. I certainly don’t have it memorized but I can follow written instructions pretty well with a decent result. This will come in handy because I’ve decided that this year is the Year of Socks. I must admit that this is me going outside of my comfort zone. You see, I don’t like socks. Actually, I don’t like wearing socks. Socks are useful and I’m grateful for them particularly when it’s freezing outside or when I go to the gym. I typically wear flats so the need for socks in my life is limited. However, I have decided that socks are going to be my focus this year for whatever reason besides intuition. Something in my head is telling me that knowing how to make hand-made knitted socks will be beneficial in the long-run.

So where to start when learning how to knit socks? I ordered Getting Started: Knitting Socks by Ann Budd and some sock blockers from Knit Picks last week. I should get them in sometime this week and hopefully get started on my new adventure. Yarn….well I don’t have to worry about that there. I have an obscene amount of sock yarn (which so far has been going to shawls). I want to use something really eye-catching for my first pair of socks. The logic there is that if the yarn is interesting visually I, hopefully, shouldn’t get bored with the socks. Here’s a few contenders:

Fleece Artist – Merino 2/6 in Hercules, ordered from Eat. Sleep. Knit.

Squoosh Fiberarts – Merino Cashmere Sock in Tybee Island, also from Eat. Sleep. Knit. (This was a special edition skein for ESK’s Yarnathon)

Dream in Color – Smooshy with Cashmere in Evening Flame, from Jenning Street Yarns (my beloved LYS)

I’m leaning toward the Fleece Artist at the moment but I’ll make the final decision later this week. I’m excited about this new venture. Perhaps having hand-knit socks on hand will convert me to a die-hard sock wearer. We shall see… :)

7 thoughts on “The next step

  1. Wow, the Hercules yarn is beautiful. I never would have though those colors would have worked so well together. I can’t wait to see what you do with it.

  2. I vote Hercules or Dream in Colour. The colour combinations will really keep you interested, and you’ll also be able to keep track of your rows a lot better. I took a long time to warm to socks – first pair was last year. But as you have probably seen, once I tried them, I had to keep knitting… socks…

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