I was craving to make something new and decided to give sock knitting a try. I don't enjoy making sleeves and figured that I would not like knitting socks either. However, with the addi Sockwonder, which is a 10" circular knitting needle with one longer and a shorter tip, it is quite enjoyable. For my first pair of socks I followed DROPS 106-23 pattern. They were much easier to make than I expected. I love the colors and self-striping pattern of the yarn I used (DROPS Fabel in the color Bourgogne).
For my next pair of socks, I mostly followed Basic socks by Winwick Mum. I really enjoyed making these socks and the proportions in this pattern are also a better fit for my feet.
Ever since I started knitting, my husband has been begging me to make him socks. Now that I knew how, I decided to knit him a pair for his birthday. He chose the color Salt and Pepper, which I used for the previous pair as well. He is a bit tough on sock, so I continued the Sl1 K1 pattern for the heel turn and used it for the toe area as well with the intent to make the construction stronger where holes tend to form quicker. Hopefully, these socks will last for a long time, because I have a feeling that they will be worn often.
I used to think that hand knitting wool socks, which are covered by pants and shoes thus barely visible, is a little silly. However, now I am hooked. They are quick, easy, and satisfying to knit. I just have to figure out how to show them off. Also, have I mentioned yet that I LOVE working with self-striping yarn? I wonder after how many pairs I will be able to stop and go back to my other knitting projects.