A Sock is Born

chiaogoo-size-0-needles

In what seemed like the longest 48 hour wait ever, my itty bitty needles finally arrived!  I have spent a lot of time whining about how I don’t want to use needles this small.  I was resolute in absolutely denying they even existed.  And now I think I might love them.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m still going to complain about how small they are.  Seriousleeeeeee??  2.0 mm.  OY.

But, this progress does not lie!  I am loving it!

I have progressed rapidly.  The beginning was terrible.  I went with a Turkish Cast On.  It looks awesome…yay for toe up!  But the M1Ls and M1Rs were a test of my patience.  The small size doesn’t help but the real issue is the kinks in the yarn.  A dropped stitch doesn’t behave as expected when the yarn has a kink it in.  It’s like backing up an 18 wheeler with a trailer.  I’d jack-knife it every time.

Lucky for us, no one was hurt this time and once I got passed the first couple rows, everything got better!  Everything is falling into place nicely now.

sock-blank-sock-in-progress

The yarn is a sock blank my Mom painted back in the summer!  We dyed another sock blank when I was home for Rhinebeck,

rhinebeck-round-up-sock-blank

I couldn’t make any more excuses.  I want to wear those socks! A lot!  This could be the beginning of a whole new era for me.  I’m on the verge of addiction.  The second sock will be the test.  I’m not down with two-at-a-time so Second Sock Syndrome could be a problem.

Then again, I don’t mind if my socks don’t match, so maybe it won’t slow me down at all :)

18 thoughts on “A Sock is Born

  1. I can’t tell if you’re doing this already or not, but I find the m1l and m1r easier if it’s the second stitch on the needle, so you’ve already done a stitch before hand. The fact that the m1s aren’t on the edge as it were makes things easier

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    1. Yes, my incs are one stitch in! I really wanted to cheat and do a kfb but I pushed on! It was only two rows…now that it’s just stockinette in the round I’m pretty happy :)

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  2. Socks are a serous addiction, I love sock yarn too. I’m on my 3rd pair of socks and they go much faster if the pattern is not complicated (found that out by the 3rd pair). I have plans to just keep a pair of socks always on my needles. However I use size 1’s so they are a tiny bit faster. Good luck and keep on knittin’ xo

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  3. I believe that you are more capable of avoiding second sock syndrome than me. However, I also suspect that you would also like this method of doing two socks at once: http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEfall06/FEATextreme2in1.html. Although I’ve heard it’s easier if the two socks are of two different colors, which puts you back to square one because you’d still have to knit that second sock, unless like you said — you don’t mind if your socks don’t match.

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