The socks were made with Heart & Sole with Aloe by Red Heart in Congo.
Here are my thoughts and lessons learned on the art of sock knitting:
1. I'm glad I chose a yarn that I enjoyed looking at for long periods of time. The self-patterning yarn from Red Heart was a lot of fun and changed color often which kept me from getting bored.
2. I knitted these socks using size 3 double point needles. I wanted to have the experience of making them the traditional way and it helped me to understand how a sock is constructed. In the future, however, I will knit socks using two circular needles so that I can knit two at a time. It is a little daunting to have to knit another sock after finishing the first one! (You're right about getting "sockitis", Kim!)
3. I won't knit another pair of socks on a deadline. It was a self-imposed deadline, but being a perfectionist, I put too much pressure on myself. Socks should be a leisurely project.
4. I love that I only have to use the knit stitch to create the stockinette pattern in the round.
5. I had a lot of fun turning the heel and sewing up the toe!
6. I am quite amazed that I successfully completed an intermediate level project after only first learning to knit at Thanksgiving. And it made me feel very good when my mom jokingly said that I shouldn't have put my own label on a store bought pair of socks. I guess that means they look good!
I'm trying to figure out what I will knit after I finish my sister's vest. Any suggestions?