Thank you so much for all the sock love, people. I tried to respond to all of you, well actually I did but Sprite my mail to you bounced. (Could you email me, Sprite? The addy is on the top right of the page.) Thank all of you for the encouragement, really it means a lot. And so many new people stopping by, and friends that I have know for a while (Hi Emily!) too- so exciting.
There was one thing I forgot to mention in my last post, well a few, truth be told. First, my beautiful and talented Toasty Toes Pal was Erin! She is so kind and gracious, really what a joy it was to knit for her. Go check out her recently finished and lovely Forecast. Second, I was in a tizzy that I might encounter Second Sock Syndrome. This was not the time to choke (which I did not do) or to worry too much (which I did anyway). Third, I was worried that the socks would have different measurements in different places (I knit my sleeves two at once). Being new at this I wanted to have certain techniques, ie- heel turning fresh in my brain when I did it for the second sock. Fourth, I was terrified that I would run out of yarn- for the record the final socks weighed 110 grams, two full skeins of Koigu and 10 grams from the third safety skein I bought- thank goodness I did.
SideBar: I can totally the two at once with socks in the same way I do as sleeves- up to this point I have been intimidated by the two socks at once thing, but now I really do see (in my head) the way to do it. Yippee! SideBar Over
What I did was I cast on and knit the entire leg, put the knitting on spare needles and cast on and knit the entire second leg. Then I knit the heel flap and turn on sock # 2, put that on a holder and went back to #1 and knit the heel flap and heel turn. Alternating back and forth really helped calm my nerves as well as provide some relief from the boring bits. Boring bit on one sock? Change to challenging bit on the other sock. Perfect and it kept me motivated.
I have already started by second pair of socks and they are for Angus, who will be turning six this week. Then there will be socks for Duncan. Then, finally socks for me! I went to my LYS two days ago and stocked up on many of the needle sizes that were lacking from my collection. How on Earth did I end up with FOUR 3mm circs, all 80 cm long? Clearly, I had to fill out the collection, sadly- I had to buy more Susan Bates. For shame. But look at the cute socks! Almost done! Should I do the instep in ribbing or plain? Advice please!