Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Sock it to yo mama (in law)

I'm currently working on my second pair of genuine, handknitted, did it all by myself socks. I'm making them for my mother-in-law. Yes, that makes her a guinea pig of sorts, but it's a unique gift and it's going to be for Christmas, so that knocks out two birds with one stone. First bird is the practice and the enjoyment that I'm getting from making a pair of socks. The second is the Christmas gift that I can mark off my list.

The sock that I am making for her has been named Twisted Mockery. It's a sock pattern that was created for a group that I have joined on Ravelry. The group is Sock Knitters Anonymous. They do a knit along each month and every other month, they do a mystery sock. The sock is designed by someone and the pattern is released to the group in pieces. This particular one was spread out over 4 weeks. I'm about to finish up the third part of it.

I have to say, I am pretty pleased and impressed with my results so far. It's got a basic one over one cable that goes all along the front of the sock, pretty much down to the toe. I don't have a picture of it yet, but I have just finished turning the heel. Here's the most recent picture, which was shortly before I started on the heel.

Not bad for a beginner, huh?

So far, the sock has been fun to work on. However, doing that gusset thing....yeah....it's a pain in the arse! At least with one circular needle it is. I'm sure it'll get easier the more times I make a pair of socks. But, for now, it's a pain! I can't wait to get past this part. I was initially doing two socks on one 47" circular needle and didn't have any problems whatsoever with it. The only exception being the occasional twisting of the two working yarns...but I got past that. Not to bad at all, and I like the fact that I was seeing both of them take shape at the same time. With my procrastination traits and my uncanny ability to start something and never complete it, this is the way to go. I at least have the motivation to see the end of the sock. So since I'm working on both of them at the same time, once one is done, the other should be as well. Not at a bad deal!

I need to get this pair finished up so that I can work on a pair for wife. I have some pink yarn (her favorite color) that I want to start turning into socks. Not sure what pattern I'm going to use. I'm tempted to just do something simple so that it'll knit up fast, but then again, I want to add a touch of elegance to it so that it's not just a pair of socks.


  1. Nice...I am just finishing my first sock class tomorrow. Have one sock finished (except for grafting the toe, which Is what Paddi will be teaching us tomorrow)...have started several times on the second sock, and keep getting the rib messed up...gonna start over tonight. I had heard of knitting on circulars before, and would really like to learn how...and two at the same time!!! That's the way to go...get them done at the same time instead of having to start all over again! Not sure if I am going to be a sock junkie. Anyway, they look great, would love to see the finished product.

  2. Don't let grafting intimidate you! So many people get frustrated with it. I think that's because the steps can be hard to remember. But once you get it, it's not hard at all. I say this with 3 whole socks under my belt. haha.