I was totally Anti Sock.
But then, my sister who is a flight attendent, often picks up discarded books from passengers. To kill time at 30,000 feet, she reads. (She should really knit -- imagine how many things she could finish on those long flights??)
Anyway, when I last saw my sister, she had just finished reading "A Good Yarn" by Debbie Macomber. In a nutshell the book is about a few divorced woman and a depressed, overweight teenager who bond over a sock class at their local knitting store. (Need I say more about not wanting to ever knit socks?)
Sister: "I just read this book about knitted socks. Do you ever knit socks?"
Me: "No. Never. I hate the thought of knitting socks."
Sister: "But why? They sound like they'd be so soft and comfortable. This book I just read made them sound great. And they knit them on something called 2 sets of circulars."
Me: "Never. It's torture. Knitting on 2 sets of circulars is horrible. Sock knitting would put me in the looney bin in no time."
Fast forward a few weeks to me in my LYS.
Me: "My sister read this crazy book and now wants me to knit her a pair of socks."
Helen (owner of LYS): "You want to knit something for someone else? Are you feeling well?"
Me: "Yeah. Well. You know I'm not from the knitters-of-stuff-for-other-people crowd, but she is my sister."
Helen: "Well...yeah. And knitting socks is really fun. You'll become addicted (not like you need another yarn addiction.) And I have a class starting this Thursday night for 3 weeks."
So I signed up and learned how to knit myself a pair of socks. We used DPNs vs. 2 sets of circulars. Which is fine for me because I've used the 2 circulars to knit sleeves once and really didn't enjoy it. (Translation: I cursed a LOT.)
Heels together now
Yes, I stand like a duck
Here's what I learned from knitting socks:
- Those little needles are annoying. I sort of got used to them, but let's face it -- straight needle knitting is far easier.
- Knitting on a plane with double points is rather dangerous. The guy behind me was sick of looking for my lost needle. I think that's why dpn comes in sets of 5.
- I hated the fact that I did my first pair in stockenette. But it was quickest and we had to finish a large portion of the sock before each class and I was afraid anything else would have taken too long. It doesn't make for the most attractive sock, but I'm not about to rip these out and start over.
- Size 5 needles for socks make them just too damn fat.
- My husband keeps calling my socks "boots" because of how wide they are.
- He can not understand why anyone in their right mind would knit socks when they are available at Nordstrom for $4.
- I prefer the look of short row heel to the heel flap.
- The toe shaping on this particular pattern was a little too "pointy" but I assume there are other options out there.
- I know I took this class to make a pair of socks for my sister, but I couldn't give her the first pair I made. There are just too many things I want to change for her pair.
- I've finally learned that K2Tog slants to the right and SSK slants to the left.
I've now got the yarn and needles for my sister's socks. Let's hope I finish them before the local looney bin comes a knockin'.