Wednesday, July 16, 2008

First Pair Finished!

I finished my first pair of socks! Jaywalkers at that! Yay for me!!



I gotta tell you all that I was very resistant with regard to joining the sock brigade. Oh, you know, I like to reside outside the proverbial box. Iconoclast to the core. However, me likey this sock knitting thingie! So much so that I am knitting another pair...



Yes, those would be Christmas socks in July.

After I finish my x-mas sockies I'd like to try to knit a pair of toe-up socks. Anyone have a pattern that they fancy that I should try? Simple patterns are just fine. In addition, I will be trying my hand at a few crocheted socks with the hopes that I will be able to design a few of my own based upon what I learn in the process.

Love this sock thang!

25 comments:

Andrea said...

Any patterns by Cookie A. are fun to make. Though a warning: As soon as you finish one pair, you want to make them all.

Annika said...

Check out Wendy Johnson's (free!) basic toe-up instructions. She taught me how to make socks!

woolanthropy said...

Wowzer! Those socks look like you have been making them forever. Beautiful.

turtlegirl76 said...

Save the Cookie patterns for later. Go with WendyKnits if you want simple and clear directions. She's got several FABULOUS free toe-up patterns. And some are specifically detailed for beginner toe-up knitters.

http://wendyknits.net

Christina said...

Those are so pretty!

tata said...

Awesome!!! I just bought double-pointed knitting needles and yarn just for sock making! Hell, I wanted to learn to knit *so* I could make my own socks! Great job - the look fab!

Nichole D. said...

Ummm...you could try the toe-up Jaywalkers!!

Yeah, lame, I know. I still haven't finished my pair, but about to start the gussets on the second one.

Molly said...

Aw, now you know who to go to for toe-up-sock-ness! :-)

Nancy said...

I have a feeling that you will expand the perimeters of the "box" and do some extraordinary things with socks.

Sus said...

Great jaywalkers! Some awesomely intense pooling going on there! Welcome to the sock addiction, my friend. The water's fine. :)

elaines630 said...

Those look great! I have my first (two) pairs on my needles right now!

X said...

Crocheted! Socks!

Try the Ultimate Crocheted Socks. I just added you on Ravelry -- I have a million pairs in my projects.

DixieRedHead said...

Hey girl! Those are gorgeous. I'm a crochet girl at heart, but there is something about knitting ones own sock that turns me on, too! I decided to crochet until about october, then I'm a knitting fool again. You did a wonderful job!

Sara said...

Awesome!
I agree with turtlegirl76, Wendy is a great toe-up teacher.
I'm a huge fan of toe-up. Prefer them over any other kind ... even if my mojo of late is nonexistent.

Jessica said...

I can't wait to see what you come up with crochet sock wise... I'm tempted to try socking it too... but not enough to relearn knitting.

Starfish said...

Great jaywalkers! I still haven't tried that pattern, though I have yarn all picked out and at the ready.

I just finished a pair of Azure socks from Knitty and I love them! The pattern is so easy but looks so intricate - well written and goes fast. I even did them two at a time!

Vorpal Knitter said...

Yay, another sock knitter joins the ranks! Oh this will be good! I can't wait to see patterns YOU come up with. Socks with eyes? Perhaps chicken feet socks? See thru socks with bones? Whee! The anticipation will keep me watching for sure.

Your jaywalkers are seriously beautiful!

Shell said...

If you want a wild knitting ride go get yourself a copy of Cat Bhrodi's New Pathways in sock knitting.

It bends the brain!

Anonymous said...

You picked an excellent pattern to use for your first sock, congrats on that AND besides, they're absolutely beautiful!!

Crochet Diva said...

I am experimenting with the crochet sock thing, but I know for sure if you have a sock pattern for crochet, I would want it! Love these socks, by the way. Great job. Maybe someday I will venture into knitting. but for now, I shall continue crocheting... :) Looking forward to the sock patterns...

drenka said...

You have an interesting color pattern there.
I myself only tryed the knee-to-toe pattern and also like you am anxcious to try the toe-up patterns.

Anonymous said...

1. one exception to turtlegirl76's suggestion to wait on the cookie a. patterns. sometime when you want to knit a pair of top-down socks, give monkey a spin. free @ knitty.com.

2. i just heard that there's a brilliant provisional cast-on for toe-up socks at knitty. by: wendy of wendyknits -- suggested by turtlegirl76. i'm going to try it soon myself.

3. i totally recommend working on two socks at once, in parallel. not alternating rows, though. alternating chunks. cuff1, cuff2, leg1, leg2, etc. if you do each chunk in quick succession, you don't risk forgetting any changes you might have made along the way, and/or forgetting what your notes meant. it keeps both pretty identical. (i started doing it this way after my pair #1 -- for one reason: "graft1, graft2 - DONE!" Woo!)

sincerely,
thorn

a huge monster crochet fan, ever since the bacon shawl.

Meg said...

Makes me long for the time we actually had seasons and I lived in socks. sigh

Rebecca said...

they look great! i've tried, really i have... but you need 2. i need the 'finish' factor. there just isn't 2 of the same thing in me. i'll admire yours instead

Courtney said...

Nice work! I tried to make Jaywalker once but they were too small and I never re-knit them.