Every crafter has a bucket list of things she or he has always wanted to try. Today, I can proudly cross an item off of my bucket list. It has been three months since I first wrote this post detailing my intentions to knit a pair of socks. And what a journey. Sock number one took two and a half months. Sock two took two weeks (it is amazing how fast the process goes once you know what you’re doing). The process was only slightly complicated by the cat’s infatuation with my yarn ball.
They’re not perfect, but they’re mine. And I have all the memories from four months of knitting and purling row upon row of tiny stitches. The winter I was 25 will forever be memorable for all the cold mornings I stayed in bed to knit myself a pair of socks. Should I ever find myself in need of another pair of hand-knit socks, I know how to make them. Another tool in the toolbox!
The pattern I used was the Campfire Socks pattern (free on Ravelry- and I wholeheartedly recommend it). The yarn was gifted to me by my friend Adrienne, who also graciously answered countless questions (merci mille fois!). In the end, the cost of these socks is the cost of the $2 knitting needles from the craft store. Not bad for what was one of my longest running and most favorite projects.
I love these socks. The thick railroad rib pattern gives them great stretch and recovery. The thick wool yarn is warm and cozy. I somehow managed to avoid the dreaded “holey gusset syndrome” after turning the heel (my favorite part of sock knitting), so these socks are solid.
I think I will stick with knitting; I thoroughly enjoyed the process of making these socks (perhaps more than sewing? Don’t tell my machine). And I’m sad to think that I will not have another knitting project to pick up after this. Any suggestions for sock or other knitting patterns? I’m considering trying to knit two socks at the same time from the toe -> up.