Monday, December 15, 2008
I finally decided to tackle socks. I have long questioned the popularity of sock making in the knitting community. It seemed like a lot of work for something you can go buy at the store for less than a dollar. Most of the opinions that I've heard are that they are portable and easy to knit. Mindless knitting was actually the term used.
So, I looked for a basic pattern to begin with, and I found Basic Ribbed Socks by Kate Atherly on Ravelry. The general consensus was that this was a great pattern to start with. The ribbing allows a great fit without being a mind-numbing K2P2 ribbing.
After getting the first sock most of the way done, I realized that I was going to need a sock blocker to make sure both of my socks wind up the same size. Being a frugal mother, I decided to make my own. I found a great DIY tutorial for Super Easy DIY Sock Blockers on Little Seasame Knits by Maryann that outlined how to make your own for a dollar. Unlike some tutorials, it actually proved to be right. Without the cost of scissors and paper, it actually only cost me a dollar!
I am now done with the first sock, and it's on my special homemade blocker. (Very exciting!) I am not enthralled with the process as some people, but I can see its uses. Lord knows I have a lot of sock yarn around. I love the way it feels and looks.
I hope this may inspire some of you to give sock knitting a try. Who knows, you may love it and want to knit all of your family members socks for next Christmas!