Thursday, May 3, 2007

as I thought...

I am talking to myself in the blog'o'sphere. No matter, I'm not here for the crowd :)

So, I'm thinking I might take a dive into sock knitting with a few tidbits from Nancy Bush... Knitting on the Road and Knitting Vintage Socks, which can be had for a combined price of $27.82. I really like the idea that these books are spiral bound... should help it stay open. Plus, it seems every blog I frequent has many good things to say about these patterns.

But being a sock virgin, I'm wondering if I should try a free pattern first (like this toe-up version). But I'm more interested in something fun like Monkey on knitty. Of course before I venture into the world of sock knitting, I need to acquire some very skinny dpns and/or circulars, as well as some very skinny yarn. Most of my stash acquisitions have been in the worsted or bulky weights (discounting the Isabella yarn, of course).

I think I'll hold onto my bucks and see about getting some (fairly inexpensive) knitpicks yarn and hunt down some good quality dpns and circulars in the US1 - 2 range... yee haw!

Well, I think I have neglected the job long enough. Later!


Jofrog said...

Oooh, two very nice books! I think that if you have enough confidence you can knit anything. Most people start off with stockinette socks, cuff down, but most people start off with scarves too... then there are people who dive in, love their projects and are life-long knitters. Go for it!

(PS I found you through the Knitted Toys KAL blog. If you want more readers joining KALs and commenting all over are the ways to do it!)

Mardel said...

Both books are very nice! and I like "Cool Socks Warm Feet by Lucy Neatby. But I think you can knit any sock you want to knit, and if you WANT to knit it the knitting will go much more happily.

Jennifer said...

I love Nancy Bush's books (and any pattern she designs is usually pretty magnificent). I used to teach sock knitting and I generally taught top down using the Yankee Knitter sock pattern. It's really basic and has several sizes and several yarn weights. Just to get the hang of sock construction, you can knit a baby sock with worsted weight yarn.
While I am a fan of double points, I suggest you might consider knitting your socks on sets of two circular needles. (Yes, you really do need addis and yes they are crazy expensive when dps will do.) However, you will never lose one under the seat of your car, between the floorboards of a deck, or drop one in when you knit in public. They really work much better for sock knitters on the go. Another option, one 40" long addi for magic loop.
I can't wait to see how your first sock comes out!

Laura B said...

Knitting Vintage Socks is my favorite! It has a lot of nice basic patterns as well as some that are more complicated. The patterns call for dpns, but you could totally do them on two circs or one (as was mentioned by a previous poster).