Tuesday, June 9, 2009

It's About Stinking Time!

I have never been known as a quitter. I try my best to see something to the end, and that is why I didn't let the fact that I had to start a pair of socks THREE times hinder my determination to finish them. In my defense, it was the first time I knit a pair of socks using two circular needles. That's right ... TWO ... at the same time! The advantage of doing this is that you knit a pair of socks at the same time so they end up the same size.

A great sense of relief came over me the moment I wove in the last end on these socks. Over all, I don't know that I particularly enjoy knitting socks, but it's a skill I am glad to have. I like the way they turned out; they are cheerful, well made, and comfortable (although a little loose even on my big feet).

Aren't these Spring colors so much fun? It would have been nice to have finished them before sandal season, but hey, I'm not complaining.

The socks were made with Heart & Sole with Aloe by Red Heart in Razzle Dazzle. This yarn was on sale for $3.99 a skein - not bad at all!

Here are some of my thoughts on this project:

1. This was my first experience using circular needles and two circular needles at that! It was fun and has inspired me to knit a hat in the Fall. It was also my first experience using bamboo needles and I have to say that I missed the clacking noise aluminum needles make.

2. A friend gave me the book Knitting Circles Around Socks, and I got my sock pattern from it. The illustrations are clear and it didn't take long before I was able to understand the process of using two circulars.

3. Working with circular needles really helps with avoiding that weird "laddering" that double pointed needles produce. The rounds are fairly clean and the stitches even.

4. I am so glad I went at my own pace with these. It is very helpful not to feel rushed and the result is a well-made pair of socks.

Now I am free to decide what to knit next. That's my favorite part! I'm thinking of something with a lace pattern or perhaps cables ...


Zil said...

Those turned out fabuloso! Love the colores.

Journeying Five said...

definately worth the effort you put in, they look great! love the colour of the socks and the new look of your blog!

mkdeal@q.com said...

Your socks look FABULOUS! You did awesome! I have done some lace, but REALLY enjoy cables! I love to look it gives!

Kelly said...

Thank you all! I do love the way they turned out ... and I'm afraid of getting them dirty. Good thing I used superwash wool!

I taught myself how to do cables today. I can't wait to get to the yarn store to start a new project :)