Saturday, October 5, 2013

My First Socks, the Knitted Version

I have a new found love. I have discovered that I love to knit socks. I have known how to knit since I was a child but I have really never enjoyed it all that much. But then I started seeing everyone's knitted socks popping up on their blogs and Instagram feed and I thought I might like to try it. Guess what, I really like it!
I have admired @heyporkchop 's talents on her Instagram feed and blog. She makes the yummiest looking socks. Amanda is also a very talented quilter and cross-stitch designer. She has helped me a lot and led me to my first sock knitting pattern, Basic Toe Up Gusset Heel Socks. The pattern can be found on Ravelry.

I started knitting them the weekend before I left for Sewing Summit. I knitted on the plane and I knitted in my room before going to sleep at night. I finished the first sock a few days after I got home from Sewing Summit.
The second sock seemed to go much quicker and I am so pleased with how they turned out.

I learned a lot on this first pair and I know my second pair will turn out even better.


I really don't know what I am going to do with a drawer full of wooly knit socks, but I sure do enjoy the relaxing feeling that knitting gives me. I also like that I can knit away from home, like at the hairdresser or in the car. This will be fun.

This pair is made from yarn that I bought at Hobby Lobby. But I have now made all yarn stores a must stop on my travels. The pretty picot edge is a nice touch on this pair.

I've learned what I did wrong to get the ladder look up the sides and have since tightened up my first few stitches as I am knitting my second pair. I imagine my family and friends will be getting knit socks if this new found love continues.

15 comments:

Lucy @ Charm About You said...

Oh they are so great! The picot edge is a cute touch. Please please add me to that list I've always wanted knitted socks but suspect i will never get round to making any!

Lynz said...

I'm with Lucy - send 'em here! I would love to knit a pair but suspect it might end up like my abandoned "I'd love to crochet Granny squares" blanket. They are so lovely.

Lynz said...

The socks, I mean! Although granny squares are lovely, too. Especially if someone else is making them. *g*

Leanne said...

I love your socks. I used to knit a lot of socks, less now, but maybe I should make a new pair or two for the winter. There are so many amazing yarns available, you will have fun getting to know them, just like fabrics there are designers and dyers and different weights and fibre contents, all for socks.

Catherine said...

Fabulous socks. I have now started my 2nd sock and can't wait to get finished

Flying Blind... said...

Well I think they look lovely, and as I don't have to wash them, I won't shout at you for wearing them on the grass without shoes!! xxx

Patchwork and Play said...

I'm sure you will have many takers for your lovely hand made socks! You have done a great job of them! I especially love the picot edge!

Patchwork and Play said...

I'm sure you will have many takers for your lovely hand made socks! You have done a great job of them! I especially love the picot edge!

heart of charnwood said...

These look fab Di, great work, and hand knitted socks seems like a really lovely gift for any loved one!

Annabella said...

Great job Di.

Strawberry Patch said...

Gorgeous socks!

stitchingandbacon said...

Yay for knitting! These socks are super cute, I am excited to see pair two!

Geri said...

You could knit a pair for your sister =) for her cozy toes in the winter

dutchcomfort said...

Great job Dianne!!

Katy Cameron said...

They look fab, love the colour scheme! My mum seems to spend all her knitting life making kilt hose for my dad - now there's big, complex socks for you o.O