Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Socks!

I'm almost done with my first sock. It was done in chunky weight yarn and size 10 DPN needles. I just have to finish the last 3 inches of the foot, then to do the toe. (I'm knitting it from the ribbing down.)

So far, the instructions I found are fairly easy, and along with some good YouTube videos about the construction of socks (by Expert Village), the sock has come along rather quickly.

As my first sock, it's not too bad. It looks like a sock, which is a good thing. LOL

It'd definitely be a "boot sock" or just around-the-house socks. I didn't do any shaping of the leg portion of the sock (it's ankle high) so it might be a little loose, and the foot part might be a little big circumference-wise. I am hoping the toe part works out well.

The yarn is really soft and warm, which is good, because I have a tendency to have very cold feet (a bane of DH's existence, according to him at least....). Plus with the chunky yarn and bigger needles, it's been easier to see WTH I'm doing at each step of construction.

House Socks

The only thing I don't like is using the DPNs. The points get in the way, and am wondering if circular needles wouldn't be better for this sort of thing. (Although admittedly, packing the DPNs and project work well. The plastic cable might get annoying for on-the-go projects).

Some of the YouTube videos show socks on the circular needles, which look easier.

The cable scarf is languishing (obviously, since I'm working on the socks), and I've only got about 6" of it done thus far. I'm not liking the yarn (acrylic wool blend -- yes, I know, my bad!) because it sticks a little bit to my preferred bamboo needles (although they might do better with metal needles). I'm just probably going to stick with natural fibers for knitting (wool, alpaca, merino, etc), and keep the blended yarns for crocheting the amigurumi for the kids.

Irish Hiking Scarf 2