My scrapbooking may have taken a bit of a hiatus lately but that doesn't mean that I haven't been busy being creative. After our somewhat disappointing first attempt at sock-making, Jen and I decided to give it another try and that is what we've been working on during our weekly crafting get-togethers.
This next pair knit up with relatively few problems, the main one being that we ran out of yarn just before finishing up the toe! This left us scrambling to find more of the same wool and I was lucky enough to find another ball at the ridiculously low price of 79 cents! Unfortunately Jen had to substitute another colour but we finally got our socks knit and had only to finish closing up the toes.
Last week we began with our first sock using a "magical" knitting technique called the Kitchener Stitch in which you sew the final stitches in a series of knits and purls and then pull up the yarn to tighten everything and get a seamless finish to the toe. Mine worked without a hitch and I have to say it was truly a thing of beauty. Jen's...not so much. She ended up with a loopy, knotted-up mess but with a lot of patience, some trial and error, then a break for lunch, we eventually got it all sorted out and she finished her first sock too. We didn't have it in us to tackle the second toe and put the socks aside until this past week.
Part two of toe-closing and the tables were turned - Jen conquered that kitchener stitch and had her sock finished up in no time at all. Me...not so much. I got confused, messed up, had to back-track and ended up with a knotted loopy mess. I wasn't able to completely fix the problem but eventually managed to make it good enough. I was happy that things went so well for Jen second time around because it sort of restored her faith in her ability to make a sock and maybe, just maybe, she'll want to knit another pair with me sometime. :-)
These socks still do not have the refined look I'm aiming for but they are definitely a big improvement and they actually fit me.
I'm really excited with the idea of making more socks and improving my skills and can't wait to use up some of this yummy yarn in the process!
Until next time...