My journey to loving the process of knitting socks was a long one and took many, many years.
Long ago (about 2008), I took a sock knitting class and successfully knit a pair of socks. I did not enjoy the project and made a ton of mistakes. I vowed to never knit socks again.
A few years later, my knitting friend suggested that I try baby socks – they’re quick and easy, she said. That way, I can re-familiarize myself with sock basics without investing a lot of time. And I found out I loved knitting baby socks! They were so cute, so quick, and so much fun.
It took awhile longer, but I finally gained the courage to try adult socks again. To motivate myself in this task, I chose a new-to-me delectable looking yarn, Must Stash Perfect Self Striping Sock yarn.
I chose a pattern out of, what I consider to be the standard for top-down sock knitting, Charlene Schurch’s Sensational Knitted Socks. Looking back, I don’t know why I didn’t just knit vanilla socks, with no pattern, for my second attempt at this….but I guess I wanted the challenge.
And I really, really enjoyed knitting these socks. I loved watching the colors in the Happy Birthday Cake colorway – the speckles in the white stripe were addicting. This was my first purchase from Must Stash (at the 2016 DFW Fiber Fest) and it made me a convert to this incredible yarn.
Suddenly, amazingly, I loved turning a heel – whereas before, the very thought of such a thing made me shiver in disgust (okay, not quite).
Pattern: Four-Stitch Ribbing Patterns by Charlene Schurch
Yarn: Must Stash Yarn & Fiber – Perfect Self Striping Sock
Colorway: Happy Birthday Cake
Needles: US 1 (2.25mm) dpn
Made for: my mom
Time to completion: 4 months
Yes, it took me awhile to knit these socks. In my defense, I was not knitting these exclusively; I had other projects on the needles. I made a size 8.5 (lucky for me, I wear the same size as my mom and Matt’s mom) and didn’t know who these would go to when I cast them on – but they eventually went to my mom.
And, thus, my love of sock knitting began…..