I’ve knitted my first ever pair of socks!
On Saturday we went to Leominster. We had intended to go to Wapley Hill and walk up to the iron age fort, but on the way we realised that the hand brake didn’t work, so Kwik Fit in Leominster became our destination. We had the opportunity to wander round while the car was being looked at, so of course I popped into the wool shop. I needed some more black wool for the joining together of my bright blanket, and some bright colours for another project I have in mind.
In a basket outside they had a stack of wool perfect for socks. I couldn’t resist! You can see the two balls I bought in the picture above. I love those greens and purples, and I’m very excited about getting socks knitted with that wool. However, I had never knitted a sock before, so I thought I’d better have a practice run. I had a choice of pink or purple, as I had bought a couple of balls of wool with the intention of crocheting some fuchsias (yes, you read that right, fuchsias). Miss 10 picked pink, so off I went.
I found a simple pattern and got on with it. I did brilliantly until I got to the final line of the instructions, ‘graft the toes’. OK. This is where I love the internet, give thanks for Google, and am full of praise for the wonderful people who post tutorials. I discovered Damselfly, and her wonderful grafting tutorial. I finished a sock! Later in the evening, a bemused Mr PC was instructed to admire how the toes went round with no seam. Hooray! I love learning a new skill.
I do admit that my socks are not particularly neat. I will have to improve my stitching when moving from one needle to another, and I have never been able to get my sl1, K1, psso stitches to look as neat as my K2 togs (any advice on that welcome). Because they are knitted in DK they are much bulkier than most socks, but as I discovered today, they are lovely to wear instead of slippers in the early autumn. Now I can’t wait to get on with my next pair, but I’m going to be patient and wait until a bit more of my blanket is done.