Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Sockmaking 101

I haven't done any scrapbooking in quite a while...May 22nd to be exact, which was the day that my last assignment as guest designer on the CSI: Colors Stories Inspiration Challenge site was due. But in that space of time I've been creative in other ways.

I'm sitting here wearing handknit socks, thinking about how comfortable they are and how much I love making them. I first fell in love with knitting socks back in November 2011 when Jen and I embarked on a sock adventure together. We had some pretty hilarious moments and in the end it turned out that making socks is really not all that difficult. I was hooked. The one thing I didn't like was falling victim to Second Sock Syndrome...that feeling you get when you've finished the first sock and know that you now have to start again and do the whole thing all over, hoping that the mate to the first one will come out the same to make a nicely matched pair. 

I dreamed of knitting socks from the toe up using the Magic Loop method on one circular needle so that I could make both socks at the same time. I thought about taking a course at my local yarn shop but worried about being able to keep up and wondered how much could be accomplished in the two hours there, not mention what would happen if I ran into problems at home doing my homework. Then one day I stumbled upon an online course on Liat Gat's Knit Freedom website and knew I had found the solution that would work well for me. I bought the course and started learning some new knitting skills!

Knitting socks from the toe up lets you try on the socks as you progress to check the fit. You are guaranteed two socks that are the same since you complete the same steps on each sock at the same time. And the Magic Loop method is such a fun, innovative way of knitting in the round.

I'm still working on improving my technique and learning ways to make a better fitting sock but I'm very happy to have accomplished my goal of knitting socks toe-up two-at-a-time. I envision lots of handknit socks in my future and have even indulged in a skein of really good quality Madeline Tosh sock yarn which I'm sure will be a dream to work with.

Until next time...
Susan :-)