I mentioned way back last year (I get to use that joke at least once!) that I was knitting some socks. Boy did they take me a long time! [For what its worth, I would have finished way earlier had the Mexican security agents bothered to read the TSA guidelines and realized that knitting needles are NOT fireworks nor dangerous weapons, but are specifically exempt from being confiscated :(] Anyways, these little guys were worth it. And they’ve confirmed their worth by surviving their first bout with the washing machine! So, I’m doubly glad. I about had a heart attack when I realized I washed them before I took a picture to prove they existed.
I wanted to make socks precisely because I’ve heard that they are very hard to make. If I were a bug, I’d have totally been killed by that giant buzzing neon light by now. What I learned is that socks are indeed a huge pain to make, but not so much because of complicated knitting patterns, but because they take forever. Especially when you decide to go against the directions and make them calf high (which on my chunky German calves, still don’t make it very high. I forgot to measure the hypotenuse!) And I didn’t even make them with the smallest needles possible! (Which would only have increased the time).
Anyway, here they are in all their glory, completed using 4 double point needles, as you can see in the first picture. I think the self-striping yarn is pretty nifty.
Oh, and if you’re curious how I, a self taught knitter, figured out how to “turn the gusset” and “graft the toe” with reasonable success on the first try, I give all credit to this lady on youtube, who, with her charming British accent, can take you step by step through a whole sock pattern and lay it out easy-peasy. And her voice lowers your blood pressure – if you don’t fall asleep first!
Have you ever knitted socks? Have you ever gotten something unlawfully confiscated by the TSA and almost cried like a baby? Please don’t say its just me on both counts!