Porifera socks

I made more socks!

And these ones are pretty.

When I looked at the pattern for these socks, I was a bit intimidated. There were A LOT of pages and a lot of instructions. But after taking a few minutes to breathe and read through everything, it wasn’t so scary after all. In fact, I finally understood how to do a provisional cast on with a crochet hook. (A skill which, up to this point, has eluded me.)

As for the yarn – I used Knit Picks Stroll Tonal in Blue Yonder. Soft, not too fuzzy, easy to work with. It’s a washable wool, so I’m pretty keen on that. I’ve actually worn the socks already & they’re super comfy.

I will be submitting these socks for one of my Nerd Wars challenges, but I’m not sure how I’m tying it in yet.

I have achieved a sock!

I did it! I made a sock! My very first one. And, considering that the pattern was part of a tutorial and had none of the finer points about sizing to a specific foot, it doesn’t fit too badly.

Until last week, I’d never really felt confident enough in my knitting skills to attempt making socks. Now after completing Silver’s Sock Class, I feel like kicking myself for not having tried earlier. As I was walking through the steps I found myself wondering when it was going to get complicated, but it never did.

And about that tutorial…

As I said, I used Silver’s Sock Class. The steps were INSANELY simple and easy to follow. Photos are included to demonstrate each technique along the way. A novice knitter who has never knit in the round on double-pointed needles (DPNs) should feel very comfortable using this tutorial to learn how to make a sock. (Interestingly enough, there were times that I needed to go back and review the instructions several times before realizing it was telling me to do something I’ve done a thousand times before – for example the author doesn’t use shorthand for stitches in the tutorial so a ssk (slip-slip-knit) was written in longform and I didn’t know what she meant at first.)

Seriously, I would recommend this tutorial to any knitter wanting to learn how to make socks – or even one who needs a photo tutorial on how to knit in the round with DPNs, as the first section of the tutorial tackles this topic completely.

As for me, I am now going to go back and use the tutorial again to make a second sock. With any luck I’ll be able to get the stripes of the self-striping yarn I foolishly chose to use for my first socks to come close to lining up.

Trying something new

I want to learn how to make something new. Yes I started on making a couple shawls in the last few months, but they don’t feel like new things to me…more like really big scarves (which is, I guess, what they kind of are).

I’m thinking socks. Ultimately, I’m planning on making these – Porifera Socks:

image from miriamfelton.com

But I’m going to start with a tutorial called Silver’s Sock Class.

I’m a little scared actually. I’m casting on today & I’ll let you know how it goes.