A pair of socks

Last post I shared my first ever finished toe-up socks -or pair of socks, directly-. However, those were not the first socks I’d ever casted on: meet my first pair of socks, top-bottom, which I begun in order to learn how to work with magic loop some months ago.

And my inexperience with the technique shows on resulting ladders where there was a change of needles. The first sock took me ages, and then “the second sock syndrome” appeared, and I kept postponing working on the second sock until, after finishing my Mediterranean socks, I decided that despite all the errors, finished is better than perfect.

So now I have a pair of socks to wear with my winter boots. They might not be perfect, but will do the job!

Project: Socks
Date: February – August 2017
Pattern: 6 stitches per Inch, by Ann Budd (from the book “Getting Started Knitting Socks)
Yarn: Garnstudio DROPS Fabel, colour 659.
Needles: 3.5 mm / US 4

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Mediterranean socks

In June I joined a test knit involving a socks pattern designed by a friend of mine. Although I’m an absolute beginner when it comes to socks, I was over the moon to be able to knit something from her, and to help her along the way.

My inexperience showed a lot while knitting the first sock: who, being a total beginner, starts a heel without a life-line under it? (sigh). It took me ages to finish it! Anyway, the second sock went together extremely quickly, which I think is a more accurate assessment of the pattern difficulty.

It was also my first time working with metal needles. It added some extra difficulty to the first sock, but once I got used to them, I’m finding it difficult to work with wooden needles again… I miss that slipperiness!

This was a public test knit, and I posted some progress pictures on Instagram and Ravelry along the way (you can tell I learnt my lesson- lifelines everywhere!):

Being part of a test knit is quite an experience, and it allowed me to get to know some amazing knitters. I’m really happy I took the plunge and tried the pattern. I love the resulting socks, and with that yarn, they do remind me of the Mediterranean sea.

Project: Mediterranean socks
Date: June – July 2017
Pattern: Mediterranean Socks, by Teresa Sánchez (Ovejita Be!)
Yarn: Lana Grossa Meilenweit Marmi, colour 7006
Needles: 2.5 mm / US 1 ½