Tuesday, May 16, 2006

What am I doing?


I ordered sock yarn. Am I out of my mind? I have no clue how to knit socks, and when I got this in the mail I was totally intimidated by how thin this stuff is. I don't think I've used knitting needles smaller than a size 5, and this calls for #1-3. Aaaaaaaagh! There are plenty of sock knitters out there in blogland, but I don't know a soul in real life who has ever knit socks. So, in honor of my knitting friend's birthday, I bought her some sock yarn too so I can drag her into this crazy endeavor with me. Will she use it? I don't know. But at least I can say I tried.

And, because I'm all about packaging, I made a little linen pouch to put it in. It's like a little lined pillowcase with a ribbon around it. The little applique looks like it's too high, and it is when you tie it with the ribbon, but I was thinking that if she wanted she could fill it up with buckwheat, sew the ends together and make a little buckwheat pillow out of it. Wouldn't that be cute?



I checked out a book from the library, Sensational Knitted Socks by Charlene Schurch (thanks for the recommendation, Heather!). I hope that provides me with the info I need to get started. I guess I won't know for sure until I get going. PLEASE feel free to share any recommendations for easy sock patterns out there...I need all the help I can get.

17 comments:

Emma said...

I made my first pair of socks with the basic sock pattern from lionbrand.com. Good luck. You'll get the hang of it soon enough.

the painted pear said...

Oh, you have to find this book, well it is a pattern actually.

http://members.aol.com/mwbydes4/fcb001new.html

It is called Classic Beginnings Socks for the Family. If you can knit in the round, on three needles, this book gives you the POWER to knit a sock for ANY size foot!!!!! It is awesome, and easy. Making a sock is made very simply in these instructions, it goes line by line, row by row. And once you turn your first heel, you will be amazed at how you did it.

Also, the smaller the needle, the finer the sock. But start on a size 3. It is a long project, but I have made a dozen or so pairs, and I have kept 3 pairs myself, and I even sold 1 pair, last year at an art/craft fair for $28. Still only making about $1 an hour, but how many pairs of socks did you pay $28 for!!!!!!
Get that book, I highly recommend it.

Mirre said...

I'm afraid I can't help you with the socks, I will be very interested to see how you tackle them though ;)))

Smart idea to give your friend sock yarn too! The packaging looks great!

Megan said...

You're a braver woman than me! Can't wait to see the outcome. It's so cute you made a bag to go with it!

Cathy said...

Socks are not as bad as you might think. The guage is small but it goes quickly. I love the sock yarn bag.

Lora said...

Good luck with socks!! My first class was a sock class and I was very nervous and worried abou the heel, but after sock #1 was finished I was like...WELL That wasn't so bad after all. You can go back to Oct/Nov time in my blog and see the pictures of the socks.

rebecca said...

I'm a notorious sock "starter", not much in the way of finished socks to show. I do have a book recommendation for you -- Queen Kahuna's Crazy Toes and Heels. I think you can only get it directly through her site, but I believe she takes paypal. Her method is toe-up, two socks at a time, on two circular needles. Sounds scarier than it actually is!

Cindi said...

I just knit my first pair of socks this year. I have been wanting to learn for years. It wasn't as hard as you think. I also used the lionbrand basic sock pattern. Our local yarn shop has people knitting all the time and you can go in and they will help you with any problems.

Pink Rocket said...

i can make a great bag to hold socks but right now i'm too scared to attempt knitting socks! plus, i only wear white socks...i have yet to see white sock yarn

Lora said...

Hey Jojo, :o)

I used size 8 dpns on my socks.

craftymodster said...

Joanne- Oh boy...socks! You'll do great. Really. I know it seems daunting at first (those tiny needles...there are patterns for socks with larger needles, fyi), but once you start you'll keep going (that is until you must knit the second one. uh oh. Did I just say that? Perhaps it's just ME!?).

A simple ribbed sock is very easy, plus it really stretches (I can e-you a pattern, let me know). PLUS I am just a hop over the lake from you, so PLEASE let me know if I can help at all...just email me.

Good luck with them! They're addicting (the act of knitting socks)!

BTW-your little giftie pouch is too lovely! Very sweet.

anjo

kimberly said...

Just dive right in! You'll do fine. I love the little sock pouch.

kmckiernan said...

I love the little sock pouch, it's so cute!

I'm trying to remember the first pattern I learned to knit socks...it was a knit n'simple pattern I believe for boot socks. I used some Lion Brand wool-ease yarn and size 5's. It seemed like it took forever, but now that I'm comfortable with it, it goes really fast! With that said, now I always use the magic-loop technique for my socks, it's faster for me than dpn's.

Heather said...

That's the same yarn I used for my first pair of socks, the color and everything! And I recognize that fabric ;) Once you learn to knit socks you'll always want to have a pair on the needles.

My favorite patterns are top down with a heel flap and I like using DPNs.

Carol said...

good luck with the socks! i too am intimidated by the tiny tiny needles...but i've seen so many pretty socks...perhaps one day!

Dani said...

Ive only stumbled on your blgo today but from what I have seen, you can SO handle socks!

Just be warned, they can be addicting little creatures *s*

I started socks with Magic Loops because initially DPNs and I didn;t get along. Now I can go either way, but I do prefer Magic Looping. Let me know if I can help!

Anonymous said...

Good luck with the socks! The first project I ever tried knitting was a pair of socks-- I must have been out of my mind-- but it was much easier than I'd thought. Check out the Knitwit sock pattern at http://www.royea.net/sockdemo1.html. It's got step-by-step photos of the whole process. Have fun!