Late last evening, I started working on a knitted sock; I’ll post of my beginning socks in a few hours.
Since it’s been almost twenty years since I’ve knitted socks, I decided to pick up where I left off, and so I reached for my DPNs (double pointed needles). I’m thrilled that I’m remembering a lot of the sock knitting basics, and thus far sock knitting with double pointed needles has been a breeze.
During my pre-teen years, when I first started working with DPN’s, it was slightly intimidating. What was extremely helpful was realizing that the extra needles are only stitch markers, and as long as I didn’t knit too loosely; the needles wouldn’t fall off. If you’re new to sock knitting, DPNs, need a refresher course, or are simply curious at one way socks are hand knit, check out the above video.
The socks I’m knitting are featured in the book The Joy of Sox: 30+ must-knit designs. You see the socks on the above cover? Those are the ones I’m knitting.
I just received this book yesterday, and I love it. The photos are amazing, and the patterns are straightforward. There are enough patterns available for even a new knitter to cast on. For the above socks, I’m using worsted weight yarn. Since most animal fibers make me itch, my yarn of choice for these knitted socks is a cotton and polyester blend. I’ll be using white, dusty rose, and perhaps a pale yellow? During cooler months, I like keeping my toes free when I’m around the house, and these socks also work perfectly for some of my exercises I do around the house and at the gym. While showcasing my polished toenails.
Sock knit along
Oh by the way…
I’m participating in a sock knit along. I met the blogger last year on Ravelry, and only recently started chatting with him through his blog posts. What got my attention was a gorgeous cable knit sweater he was wearing in his profile picture. I love knitting cables! A heterosexual man that knits? Yes, he happens to be one of them. More on his sock knit along, when I post my WIP socks — later today.