Wednesday, June 04, 2008

My Very First Sock!


Jaywalker
Originally uploaded by ladylinoleum
Sorry for the lulls between posts! Blogging has become so difficult for me to do as of late. I am trying to work out the scheduling difficulties as I type this, but peeps I’m telling you, I’ve yet to find a solution that is sufficient.

At any rate, enough complaining! I'd rather show you my first sock!!

I know, for most of you, sock knitting is definitely old hat. No, old shoe. Oh, whatever! You get my drift. Most of you have been knitting socks forever! However, I just didn’t feel the need to slip my toe into the, um, err, sock, until recently. And by recently, I mean while trying to pack for my business/pleasure trip to Europe where I was having to make decisions such as, second suit or second shawl project (just in case I finish the first)? Really, on this last trip I think I faced the conundrum of “how much yarn is too much yarn in one’s carry-on” head on!

Yeah, so, I figured it was time to make small projects part of my repertoire. I should be more specific. Small projects that are challenging and not necessarily able to be finished in a few hours need to become part of my repertoire. Hence, socks. I may need to throw a few glove projects into the mix here and there as well. Regardless, I will be toting less yarn around from airport to airport. Of this I am sure. Well, I think I’m sure anyway. This actually could mean a carry-on filled with loads of sock yarn!

Anyway, I made a sock. I’m sure that you sock knitters recognize the pattern I am using. Yep, I’m knitting a pair of Jaywalkers! In addition, I am using yarn from my stash which happens to be Sock Garden from Knit Picks. I don’t even think they offer this yarn anymore. It’s got to be a couple of years old. However, I’ve got enough of this colorway to finish the pair, so no worries.

Not bad eh?

I am definitely enjoying the process of making socks. This may even lead to a few sock designs of my own…

And yes, I still owe you all a post about Paris. Stay tuned.

33 comments:

Megalion said...

I'm beginning a foray into sock yarn for the first time too.

However, I'm going with fingerless gloves which aren't that different from socks.

It's weird to be knitting on such small needles. Since I'm using bamboo DPNs, I'm paranoid that I'll break them.

So today I finally ordered circulars from Knit Picks to give magic looping a try too.

X said...

If you designed some crocheted sock patterns, my heart would explode.

Bunny said...

Nice sock! I still have not move on to making a second pair od socks. I think what put me off was the acrylic yarn I used. It pilled horribly where the pants rubbed against the ankle. a big let down after all the time I put into those first socks.

Thanks for dropping by my blog.

JC said...

Magalion, I have the same problem! I'm working on my first pair of socks and finding that I worry about bending or snapping the needles. Because I leave my work everywhere, I often find myself accidentally stepping or sitting on it, and I think that would be really bad for these small bamboo dipoint needles.

Allena said...

whoo hoo! go you! i have that same sock yarn in my stash. it's pretty.
i can't wait to see your #2 sock and then on your feet. they are for you right?

Micky said...

It looks awesome! Great job.

And a sock made up by you? I can see them in my head now!
Visions of all your other creations mixed with socks are dancing in my head!
Can't wait.
:)

bevq said...

You do absolutely beautiful knitting and these socks are no exception! WOW! Socks are really fun aren't they?

Bev
http://www.bevscountrycottage.com

Cindy said...

Very nice. I haven't attempted sock knitting yet. That is next on my list - along with attempting lace.

Sue said...

Fabulous! I've haven't managed to make a sock yet so I, for one, am in awe!

I'll patiently wait on your Paris post. I'm wantin' to go there for my 25th wedding anni and would love to get some ideas.

Sara said...

Lovely sock! I love the colors.
I went to Paris last July (Bastille Day!) and loved it, can't wait to read about your adventures there.

Heatherly said...

omg! i am soo crazy proud of you!
that is so awesome!
cant wait to see meat themed socks!

Molly said...

Very nice! Eventually, all knitters come to the dark side...
;-)

Robin said...

Great sock! Love the colors!

I haven't tried to knit socks on the tiny needles yet. I have made some baby and toddler socks with ww yarn...not sock yarn though.

maybe soon....

(((((HUGS))))) sandi said...

WOOHOOO! That's AWESOME! I can only crochet, and I am DYING to try my hand at socks. I like toe socks best, and there's a pattern in a book of socks that ONE DAY I really will splurge and buy....

*THANK YOU!* for comin' to see me at my blog! It always makes me happy to see your smiling avatar! (((((HUGS))))) sandi~havin' a hard time gettin' it all done, too!

Felix said...

I also am working on a Jaywalker... I'm very impressed you've already finished yours!

I found it a very pleasing knit.

elaines630 said...

Your sock looks great!!

You are a couple of steps ahead of me. I will hopefully complete my first sock in a few days! I see now why they are so addicting!

I used Paton's grace which is a heavier yarn and 100% mercerized cotton because I was scared that if I spent money on real sock yarn I would end up messing it up. So this was practice to get the basics down.

Nichole D. said...

My first successful sock was a Jaywalker, too! I still have to do that pesky second one, though.

Best of luck on your sock journeys!

Oh, and I would totally buy your sock patterns. I bet they'll be the most awesomest evah.

Caroline B said...

Well done, great first sock! It's that second one that's the hardest....

Crochet Diva said...

Oh lovely! I've never knitted, let alone made a pair of socks. I'm actually curious about crochet socks, but I know that's not near what a knitted sock could be... Great job :)

woolanthropy said...

Wow! Your sock looks fantabulous! I have yet to put my toe in. Scared of one sock-itis and small needles. Plus I'd rather be barefootin'.

MplsMel said...

Welcome to the dark side. It's an addiction I tell you.

naida said...

for a first sock, that is really,
really good! I wish I could knit like that!
http://yarnchick.blogspot.com/

The Illustrious Ms E said...

Ohhhh! I am so impressed! A Jaywalker too!! I just finished my first pair, and they were...um...interesting...*blushes*

(I put a link to the picture in my ID for this post, just to share my shame with the Interwebs)

I still think I'm addicted to socks now though...*grin*

DoubleDutch59 said...

Well, I must say I feel better about my own failure to venture into sockdom...and inspired to go there soon! Your sock is lovely, can't wait to see the pair of them. And I love working with tiny needles, the knit picks harmony circs are my new favorite toy. You go girl!

zJayne said...

I think your sock rocks!

kay said...

Love the sock! They can be addicting to make, so be careful you don't abandon all your other creative endeavours and become a sock addict, like the rest of us!

Nano said...

Love the sock and the colorway. Love knitting socks too. Lately I'm into the fingerless glove thing. Real quick fixes they are.

MX said...

Oh I love that Jaywalked pattern, good for you! And it's beautiful! Yes, sock knitting is good to travel by;-)

Sus said...

Yay! You've joined the (soon to be, trust me) addiction!!! Your sock looks fabulous -- great job!

Cheryl said...

Fabulous!!!!

Starfish said...

Looks great!! Be careful - it's addicting - I just learned two at once using magic loop - its not helping my problem...

drenka said...

It is nice that you are into socks as well.I learned that it can be pretty addictive.

Anonymous said...

Nice looking sock. I would like to be able to knit with needles. My hands shake the yarn off. At least I am able to use looms to make tube like socks. I am slowly becoming addicted to loom knitting socks.