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« on: October 24, 2011 11:52:56 AM »

Me: A hat knitter. Hats are quick, and easy, and you only have to make one. I can whip out a hat in no time flat. Last year, I got brave and started making fingerless mittens. And this year - I decided to try making socks! I have a little girl who always has cold feet, so I wanted to make her some slipper socks for Christmas.

I grew up hearing that there was no way I was skilled enough/smart enough/talented enough/whatever enough to knit socks. "Stick with hats - you can handle that."

Well phooey. I have decided I can knit anything one stitch at a time, and thanks to the plethora of how to knitting videos on youtube.com, if I get stuck, I can simply find a video to help me get 'unstuck.'

So here is number one sock...



A very basic cabled sock made with some yarn from my stash...

Turning the heel wasn't nearly as scary as it was made to sound, and grafting the toe was a piece of cake! Now I'm sorry that I didn't try knitting socks years ago.

*wanders off to start sock 2*
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« Reply #1 on: October 24, 2011 12:16:40 PM »

Of course you can do what you set your mind to do!!!

Your first sock is incredibly nice with its cables...can't believe it is your first one--I have seen experienced sock makers that did not do as good a job as you did!  Just be sure to make the second one...it seems that is a lot of sock makers' downfall! Cheesy

Yay for you and poo on the naysayers! Grin
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« Reply #2 on: October 24, 2011 12:19:40 PM »

Oh so pretty, and for a first sock!  Cheesy
Hope this experience has taught you that you can do/made anything you want, no matter what others say. Yay for Youtube  Wink
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« Reply #3 on: October 24, 2011 12:54:41 PM »

Hurrah for your first sock.  I would wear this with pride (preferably with a neighbour Smiley)!!
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« Reply #4 on: October 24, 2011 02:41:31 PM »

A bit of unsolicited advice:
If you do find yourself with second-sock-syndrome, research the two-socks-on-two-circulars method.  It's very easy for me (DPNS ARE MADE OF EVIL) and since you knit both socks at once, you don't feel like you have to totally start over when you are done.

That said your first go at it is absolutely beautiful and I'm so happy for you - I love knitting socks, I hope you enjoy it as much as so many of us do!
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« Reply #5 on: October 24, 2011 03:12:50 PM »

This looks great! And you can knit absolutely anything if you know how to follow a pattern/chart and  take your time and just look up any techniques you don't know. I always ignore the skill level because it might take longer, but I can still do it too! Your first pair are much fancier than mine, I hope to move on to more complicated socks soon. Be warned, it's addictive and you can use more socks than hats too so there's a great excuse to make them.
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« Reply #6 on: October 24, 2011 05:08:05 PM »

Thanks! =)  I shall definitely try to get sock #2 completed in a timely manner!

@leika - I had seen a book on that... it looked intimidating. Is it really easy? DPNs, I don't much enjoy, but at least I am familiar with them.

@PenguinSoup - I have 6 kids I knit for... and all 5 daughters are into the fashion scene, so I literally always have new hats, leg warmers, scarves, etc. going. Now adding socks to the mix... eep!
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