Socks … take two …

Almost ten days ago I started my sock journey and decided to tackle learning how to knit socks. A week later and I’d barely done an inch of the cuff. I had restarted more times than I can remember and was getting no where fast.

But I wasn’t giving up.

This odd loop appeared in my knitting … I think it came about when I picked up some (of many) dropped stitches, but I couldn’t figure out where I had gone wrong. Riiiiiiip! Out it all came … again. The DPNs were hard. I was having trouble holding so many and they just kept getting in the way.

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My plan was to go to the yarn store and get some DK yarn – maybe thicker yarn would help? I went to three yarn stores. A was amazing and drove me to every single one without a single complaint. However, there was no double knit yarn suitable for socks in any of them. The last store offered me an alternative. A woman who could teach me how to knit socks. Ooooo this could work. I do learn well when shown and can watch how it is done. So I booked myself in and put the sock yarn away until the class.

While I waited for the class I worked on the tutu skirt, the pattern I’m testing for Muki Crafts.

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But I fancied doing something different, something new. I got some chunky yarn out and my 9mm hook and whipped up some super fast slippers using the pattern Annie by Drops Design.

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That satisfied my need to finish a project. I do love a quick make every now and then.

On Wednesday evening I took the hour long bus journey to Thundersley to a store called Bodkins, where a lovely lady called Kim was as excited to teach me as I was to learn. She was super! The course would use her pattern (she says it’s more of a recipe) – “Kim’s Magic Loop Socks” – and an 80cm circular needle.

Time to learn the magic loop! She let me loose on her socks before starting me on my own so I could get a feel for how the magic loop worked. I was surprised at how easy it was. It flowed. It was lovely. I could sit all day doing those knit stitches all the way round.

The class was during a knit and natter evening, so was very relaxed, and everyone was lovely. Most were working on socks, but a few were knitting or crocheting other things. Unfortunately I was concentrating so much on how to do the socks that I didn’t get any photos of the evening. Ooops.

But I made fast progress and on my very own Knit Pro Zings … they are BEAUTIFUL! By the end of the class I was already halfway through my cuff.

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I wasn’t able to work on the sock at all on Thursday, but this morning (Friday) I grabbed my sock and continued. I have now finished the cuff and have started on the leg. I finally get to use the turquoise yarn and have officially made it further than my DPN sock attempt. YAY!

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My homework is to continue with this sock and try to get to the heel by next Wednesday evening. Kim said if I wanted to I can attempt the heel following her instructions, but I am more than happy to wait. I do not want to have to rip this beauty out. I’m off now to continue knitting while the sun is still out. Bye!

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10 comments on “Socks … take two …
  1. Beads and Barnacles says:

    One of these days I will actually start knitting some socks. One day…
    Glad to see you found a way that you like

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    • yarnya says:

      My one day took almost a year since I first started thinking about giving them a go.. so you never know. And yep – one circular is much better than five separate needles for clumsy me haha.

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  2. Your sock is looking fab. I could never have knitted socks without the workshop I went on, having an experienced person guide you is such a help. Those slippers are great too 🙂

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  3. Fantastic, just so pleased for you 😃. I love those slippers, just what I need, I’ve got some chunky just waiting to be used 😉

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  4. sueelaine says:

    Looks really good! Great work 🙂

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  5. Beware, socks are addicting! 🙂

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