Ok, so these two things did NOT happen on the same day, but I’m just now getting around to writing up this post.
I can tick off a laundry list of reasons as to why I haven’t knitted socks in the 6+ years I’ve been knitting.
– why knit them, when you can buy them so cheaply
– toes and heels intimidate me
– I have other things I want to knit
And well, I had a problem where I’d buy sock yarn because it was so pretty. Yet, I didn’t knit socks. I’d end up knitting a shawl, or attempting to knit a shawl with the yarn. *sigh* So I have this stash of sock yarn, and after finishing all those hats over Christmas, I cast on some socks.
The pattern is a free one on Ravelry called the Hermoine Everyday Socks. It was mostly knit stitches with a purl stitch thrown in a few times resulting in a cool texture. I used this greenish hand painted skein that I picked up while in Ohio for Christmas 2014. The toes, heels and cuffs are done up in gray. I like the look of it.
I’m not sure exactly why I chose to knit them toe-up vs cuff down, but that’s what I did. And to avoid the whole ‘turn the heel’ thing, I found a pattern called the Afterthought Heel. Which I followed and the pattern told me to use a strand of waste yarn as a placeholder for the heel.
I knitted up both socks and then added the heels at the end.
They look pretty good! They need a good soak, but man, they are pretty comfortable. And luxurious if I’m being honest. And I probably feel that way because of all the hand work that goes into knitting anything. These particular socks are good ‘TV knitting’ and I did spend most of my time watching the playoffs knitting these things.