Tuesday, August 12, 2008

The Joy of Socks

Oh all right, so my post title is dumb :-)

This is my first attempt at knitting socks. I'm using Red Heart's Heart & Sole sock yarn in Spring Stripe and using the accompanying free pattern Red Heart has on its site:

I figured I'd make a pair for myself first, that way if I mess them up then I'm the one who has to live with the mistake :-D

If these turn out well then I'll be digging into the ball of On-Line sock yarn I got from The Recycled Lamb and knitting up another pair. The color variations in that yarn look like they'll be a lot of fun.

Update, 8/18 - First one down:

I think my son approves:
I've also started a pair of socks using the On-Line sock yarn and a technique called Magic Loop:

Basically Magic Loop is where you use a longer circular needle to knit a smaller garment in the round. This site and this video are good tutorials if you want to learn more.

The advantage of Magic Loop, aside from not having to deal with DPNs, is that your work will supposedly come out more seamless. Given this is my first effort I suspect that won't be the case for these socks, but in the meantime I'm enjoying the striping coming out of this yarn and learning something new.


Firefly Nights said...

A friend of mine and one of her friends just recently started a group on Ravelry for people who have products from Heavenly Handspinning. I just bought the Little Meggie although I already own a Fricke wheel, and my friend is awaiting the arrival of the Bellus wheel. If you'd like to join the Ravelry group, let me know and I'll go look up the name of it.

Kneedle Junkie said...

I would love that! I'm on Ravelry as well... I think Jan would be tickled pink to know about the group too :-)