Today I’d like to share a picture of the first pair of socks I have knitted.
The pattern was from ‘The Art of Knitting’ this is one of those installment magazines, but I bought a set of these on Ebay :) I modified the pattern a little as in the original there was a chart for a pattern. I loved the pattern but my skill level isn’t up to that yet. My wonderful neighbour showed me how to continue the project without the patterned effect.
The heel is a bit narrow for me, and with the RSI they took forever to make as I can only do a couple of rows and then have to leave it for some time to let my hands recover. I get really cold feet and these will make superb bed socks.
If you want to have a go at knitting socks but can’t get on with circular needles or double-pointed needles (count me out of the DPs) then do have a rummage online. There are lots of sites with patterns free or other wise and can make socks on two straight needles if you want to and get the right pattern. Etsy is a good place to find unique patterns and the good thing about getting patterns on there, is that you are dealing with the person who wrote the pattern. If you get stuck you can message the seller and they can often walk you through the part you are struggling with.
There are still wool shops around for you to check out yarns and patterns in person. If you are lucky enough to have one near you, do shop there if you can. Knowledgeable staff are worth their weight in gold, especially for newbies who might need help choosing yarns, needles etc. If you find a yarn you love in there, you might be able to ask if there is a pattern to knit a particular project and they will save you a lot of time foraging. Same thing in reverse if you find a pattern they will be able to point you at suitable yarns for it.
Patterns and ball bands are bewildering at first, after a while they start to make sense but having someone to ask in the early days is very helpful. Last month I reviewed Bamboo knitting needles and next month I’ll be talking about how I got on with Birch needles. Check out the Yarns tab at the top of the blog for some online links to stores/tutorials and blogs. The internet is a fantastic place to learn a new skill from the comfort of your own home and with sites like You Tube with video demonstrations its like taking a class.
DO check out Knitting Tips by Judy on You Tube she has lots of fantastic tutorials that get you started knitting and also help you resolve you knitting problems. Judy is fantastic and if you don’t have a friend or relative on hand to get you knitting, make Judy your knitting buddy!
Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon