Oh, the high of finishing your first pair of hand-knit socks!
In Knitter World, socks seem to be one of those projects that you have to try. A true knitter doesn’t NOT knit socks. But all that jargon–gussets, heel flaps, insteps–has intimidated me for years and I have only looked on wistfully at other knitters’ beautifully-crafted foot encasements.
“Someday,” I would say, “after I’m finished with my current project, I’m going to give socks a go.”
But “Someday” kept getting pushed back in favor of projects that had to be finished immediately.
I bought the yarn for these socks in September of 2009, after lamenting about my sock fears to an understanding yarn shop owner. She placed a beginner’s sock pattern in my hands and inflated my knitting confidences with assurances of socks “being super easy” and sent me on my merry way, only pausing to swipe the ol’ debit card to pay her for her
The yarn is lovely. It’s alpaca, merino and silk, with a little nylon thrown in for strength. Wearing these socks is like walking on kitten tummies. Oh, the deliciousness of the feel!
I should have knit these on US 1 sized needles. They’re a touch baggy. (That’s what you get for not doing a gauge swatch!) But I love them anyway. I’m now on the hunt for some sort of shoe that will frame my beautiful socks this autumn. And I’m always on the hunt for some more gorgeous sock yarn! (Curse you, Budget!)
A pair of handknit dress socks will soon be in-the-works for Michael. Yay for socks!