Friday, September 5, 2008
My First Pair of Socks
So, I never do the projects I say I'm going to do next. Seems to be my tendency to not be able to follow through with what I say. :-(
The Hubs has been begging me to make him a pair of socks. I have checked out countless books at the library in search of how to learn how to knit socks on two circulars. I found this really awesome book with great pictures & everything! So I decided to cast on with my yarn & make a pair of socks.
Well, I couldn't get past the casting on part. I got all my stitches cast & ready to go, but I just couldn't figure out how to knit in rows. Which end did I start with? Do I knit both sides with the same thread? Does a row go all the way around or is it just one side? I was so confused. So I decided to frog the socks & wait until I could take a class.
Desperate for his socks (he must really be dreading the winter cold!), the Hubs found a few videos on YouTube for me to watch on how to knit two socks on two circulars. Cat Bordhi's videos were especially helpful. Her way of describing this are a bit weird, but believe me, it will stick in your head! You'll never forget what you're supposed to do. :-)
As I was knitting a gift for someone else, the whole thing finally clicked in my head! I had renewed desire to make socks again! So last night I cast on for a pair of socks for the Hubs. My first pair of socks. It took me a while to get the stitches cast on & my yarn situated so it wouldn't get tangled all in itself. But I finally got it all worked out & was able to complete a few rows.
I'm using Patons Shetland Chunky yarn in Charcoal on size 8 circular needles. The pattern I'm using is called Chunky, Cozy Cotton Socks from the book "Knitting Circles Around Socks". Thankfully my library had it so I didn't have to buy the book, but I'm seriously contemplating it! (I'm a firm believer in getting things for free!) I'll post updates on my progress! I'm so excited & can't wait to see the finished project!