Over the last couple months, I've gotten very much into watching knitting podcasts on youtube. (I keep hoping that I'll stumble upon a crochet one soon, but it really might be up to me...) Anywho, one of the podcasts that I've been enjoying quite a lot is Inside Number 23 hosted by Katie (click -here- for her Ravelry). I like her vintage/handmade style, she's funny and she seems like she'd be fun to talk to or hang out with. Towards the end of last month, she announced her first knit-a-long which would be Harry Potter themed (#23HarryPotterKAL) Now, I'm not the biggest HP head, but I did enjoy reading the books when I was younger until my mom made me stop lest I try to become a wizard... lol! So I decided to join in on her KAL. And not only did I join a KAL, I decided to knit socks. I chose to knit socks because I figured it would be a great challenge especially since the only thing I ever knitted was a very short scarf with super bulky yarn. Bring on the teeny tiny needles!!!
I cast the first sock on exactly 2 weeks ago and I finished the toe last night ^.^ I will also confess that I totally slept in the one sock because I was so proud of myself! So yeah, check out my progress pics!
1. The yarn I'm using is Patons Kroy - Cadet colors. It's shades of navy
with grey and I chose it because when I went to Universal for my
birthday, I was sorted into Ravenclaw :) This Patons Kroy colorway is
perfect for Ravenclaw socks.
2. I did 2x2 ribbing, and that little half inch of rib took me like 2 hours to work! Figuring out how to hold the yarn and knit was quite fiddly because I'm so use to crochet.
3. I got bored of the ribbing so I just went on to the leg after that half inch, lol. In the future, I will def make my cuff considerably longer so it will actually fit to my leg.
4. More progress down the leg. I have learned that I knit continental and in the back loop which
should be creating twisted stitches but for some reason doesn't. I tried to follow a tutorial on youtube for continental knitting, but then my stitches started twisting... so I went back to what I was originally doing and it seems to work right.
5. I TURNED A FLIPPING HEEL!!!! This was the part of sock making that had me shaking in my boots! But I did it and I was so excited I wanted to do a victory dance around the room lol!
6. Working the gusset decreases. This is the part where my funky knitting really made things hard. I regularly knit into the back loop, but when you decrease you can't do it that way, so the decreases are a bit harder for me to do but I got it. Also, I need to practice picking up stitches because I couldn't figure out how to do it with the needles, so I got my crochet hook out and used it. Gotta make it work :)
7. Gusset done! Progressing down the foot. Round and round she goes!
8. I did a wedge toe (??) I think that's what it's called. It was def a good amount of practice on my decreases. I decreased down to 12 stitches and when I finished stitching the sock closed, I realized I could've stopped decreasing at like 20... oh well, more practice.
9. My first finished sock!!!!!!!!!!! I'm excited to cast the next one on and wear them everywhere! lol!
Here's more shots of the finished sock. The kitchener stitch for closing the toe was quite fiddly also. But I think it being after midnight, poor lighting, and a dark section of the yarn contributed to the fiddly-ness. As you can see, Miss Tootie approves of my work too ^.^
So yeah... I made a sock... that is just so cool! I'm glad that Katie started the KAL and provided the idea for make these. In all honesty though, all the way through this sock I wanted to frog it out and crochet instead. I'm very proud of myself for sticking in there with the knitting. Especially when my fingers got crampy and the stitches got frustrating. Hopefully the next sock goes smoother.