Socks!

So I had this crazy idea to knit along with a sock-a-long that Kollabora was doing. I had never knitted anything other than scarves before, so the whole double pointed needle thing scared me a bit! The internet is really a great resource though, so I watched some videos and read a lot of tips and I ended up with a really awesome pair of socks out of it. And now I am way more excited about knitting and want to make everything I come across – too bad decent yarn is so expensive!

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Look how awesome they are!

The pattern I used was Hermione’s Everyday Socks, and I love the texture it creates. I had plenty of yarn leftover from one of the scarves I showed a couple of posts back and had some dpns that used to be my great-grandma’s, so I really had no excuse for not trying to knit-a-long. Especially since I was/am job hunting and have a lot more time on my hands than I’m used to!

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I documented the whole process since it was part of a knit-a-long. This was my first dpn adventure!

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There are imperfections, but I’m super happy with how these turned out! I’m already working on a second pair of socks and they’re going even better. I’m mostly attributing that to my new bamboo needles though – the stitches just slid around way too much on the metal ones.

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Almost done! I didn’t have a yarn needle so I ordered one online and had to wait foreeeever to finish up sock #1.

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Close up

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Blurry pic – oops! The best thing about doing this with the group is that I won some really cool yarn from it! It’s a raspberry colored fingering weight yarn from Jill Draper Makes Stuff, and I’m dreaming up what to do with it – maybe a shawl? I don’t want to hide such a lovely yarn away on my feet!

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I’ve been branching out in knitting recently, but before I show you my exciting first pair of socks, I have a few more basic scarves to show off.

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This one’s a basic garter stitch scarf that my boyfriend requested. He saw me knitting one for myself and thought he needed one! The yarn is Wool of the Andes Tweed from KnitPicks and it’s perfect for a scarf. I don’t know if I would want to wear it as a sweater, but it was lovely to knit with for this project.

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The chevron scarf is still a WIP. I have put it aside for a while since they’re really spring colors and I have other exciting projects to work on! I just love the pattern though, and it only takes one skein of yarn – score!

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This was the first lace scarf I ever made. Also about the 2nd or 3rd thing I’d ever tried knitting. I had no idea what I was doing but it worked out pretty great anyway!

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This pic shows the color much better! I’ve found that I keep picking out similar colors in my knitting projects. I guess there’s just something about teal yarn? Normally I like more variety!

 

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I learned the basic knit and purl stitches from a fellow actress in a play I was in in 5th or 6th grade, but other than that I am self taught! The internet is really a beautiful resource!