One of my favorite things to knit is socks. They are small and compact and easy to take any where. They are perfect for car rides and when you are waiting. I made these socks for Mari – she is someone who appreciates hand made things. Mari makes beautiful flowers out of clay. It is very difficult to tell that they are not real.
It seems like I have been working on these socks forever. There are several steps to knitting socks, you knit along happy as a clam and then you need to do something that requires concentration. This is the point where I very often put the project down and pick up something mindless. Something that requires no thought just muscle memories that I developed when I was 8 or 9 when I first started to knit.
I am a self taught knitter. Don’t get me wrong, along the knitting journey I have had many friends who have taught me different techniques and ways of finishing but usually when I knit I am alone and I have to figure out how to get to the next step. I have a wonderful library of knitting books. Two that come to mind are “Knitting in Plain English” by Maggie Righetti and “Stitch ‘n Bitch” by Debbie Stoller. There are many others but at this point they are probably in a knitting bag with an unfinished project and there are far to many of those for me to track down.
Another new resource for learning to knit is Craftsy.com. This is a website that is full of wonderful videos that teach you almost anything “Craftsy” that you might want to learn. There is usually a small fee for the class but you can refer back to the video and also send questions to the instructor. I have found this to be a very valuable asset when learning a new technique.
Who would think that you can end up with a pair of socks when you start with this. Don’t start with a pair of socks, start with something easy like a scarf. Find a yarn shop near you and they will be a constant source help. LYS (local yarn shops) are always willing to help their customers with a project that was purchased at their shops. Let your creative side out – you will be amazed at what you can create and what a wonderful sense of satisfaction you will have when you complete something.