I know that sounds sad. Sigh. I’m not sad – I’m just confused. I have decided (once again propelling myself into something new and scary) that I want to knit socks.
The only problem I have is deciding which sock pattern to knit. There are thousands of them. And I have specific requirements for my socks. I want normal toes without any seam or ridge because I am delicate (think Miss Piggy) and I want to wear my new socks all the time. I want a sock drawer full of socks.
I want my socks to stay up. I have very skinny legs (particularly for the rest of me, but we won’t go there now). I need socks with lots of stretch in the calf so they won’t fall down all the time and cause me to throw them out.
I want them to be pretty.
Why do I want to make socks?
Socks cost a fortune. Really. And since I’m going to pay a lot of money for socks, I might as well have the fun of knitting them. Except the patterns don’t look like fun. They look incomprehensible. I can do anything, I tell myself. I can learn to knit a sweater or two or make clothes and do my own taxes and type super fast and I can learn to run a business, so why would making socks scare me? Easy. I’ve never done it before.
And then I question my motives. Do I really want to knit socks or just buy yarn? Both, I think. Do I really want to knit socks or just buy those really cool Signature DPNs with which to make my socks. Of course I would think I need a set of needles for $47 in order to save money on socks. Whoot. Sigh.
I have spent the whole day searching Ravelry and everywhere else for a simple sock pattern for a beginner. Sigh. Toe up, cuff down, kitchener or not, turning a heel —– whew.
Since writing the above post a few days ago – and after spending HOURS on the computer searching for what I want – I found it! I found Churchmouse Yarns and Teas last month while searching for Brooklyn Tweed Loft to make another Boxy by Joji. I love the fact that they wind my yarn – and they don’t charge. I also love the design of their website which is stellar. I saw their pattern for Basic Socks and I wanted it. My only question was, is it BASIC enough for me? I hope so because I downloaded it. I also bought Ann Budd’s Getting Started Knitting Socks. I decided that I would learn the old-fashioned way to knit these, top down, first. Then when I get hugely proficient I can branch out.
The only other decisions were the yarn and the needles. Sigh. I had to have those Signature DPNS and so I got them. I will be “testing” the needles to see if they are the best for me. I was a little worried by comments from others about wooden DPNS breaking. Yuck. That was my justification for the Signature Needle Arts needles ………. they can’t break.
It took me most of last evening to decide on the yarn and, once again, Churchmouse won. I got three skeins of Misti Alpaca Hand Paint Socks to begin. There’s three pairs of socks! Three pairs of socks in string form at the moment, just waiting for me to magically transform them into socks.
It may sound silly, but this is exciting. A knitting project that won’t cost a lot of money (a sweater can be ruinous) and which gives me the opportunity to try different yarns all the time – I need that bit of anticipation in my life, I really do!