I actually did it! My crafting challenge for the new year is complete. And here they are, my very first pair of socks- no second sock syndrome for me!

1610089_457686547692062_1938187090_nI am very pleased to say that I have enjoyed every minute of making these socks. In a previous post I set the challenge and detailed the yarn I had chosen (cheap in case I made a mess of them!)

To give myself the best chance of success I actually did a tension square (usually unheard of) and practiced turning a heel using wrap and turn.1239706_454795547981162_719309521_nThe knit pro needles I had envied for some time and bought for this project in anticipation of these being the first pair of many socks, proved to be a good choice for my hands and knitting style and made knitting in the round a pleasure (except the first row which I ALWAYS find problematic)


I really like the way the yarn created little runs of colour that looked like clouds. My fingers soon adjusted to the finer needles and yarn. I actually found that turning the heel was much slicker in the sock yarn rather than the Aran with which I practiced. I had sat at Knit Night one week with the expert help of Fiona (of A Little Bit Sheepish) who is the most awesome sock designer and maker. With her support the whole system of wrapping stitches began to make sense. Having done this I was pleased to see a post by Rainbow Junkie who has produced a very easy to follow step by step photo tutorial on this very subject.


After completing sock one I quickly made a start on number two so as to avoid second sock syndrome and the determination that I wanted a pair and I wanted them now! Number two flew off my needles with the lessons learned from the first  and I am happy to say that I am the proud owner of ONE pair of home knitted socks.

As I write I can also report that a second pair is currently under construction; this time for my husband. I have a long way to go until I match the vast numbers in Fiona’s collection but it looks like 2014 could turn out to be a SOCKERAMA!



Author: onoodlesstitchcraft

An erstwhile teacher who has taken a new path due to illness and returned to an earlier existence exploring her artistic and creative skills of stitchcraft. My oldest son laughs and says I am as mad as a spoon, qualifying the comment that I am not like other middle aged mothers... well hurrah for that! So what do I do? I love to cook, I am never without a craft project or a few on the go, I love my garden, walking, nature and the environment. I am a magpie for vintage patterns and love colour. I get pleasure from creating and giving to friends. I have a rabbit! I ride a bike and recycle... Drink too much tea and like nothing better than to lunch with friends. Snuggling up on cold winter nights is essential. I like the theatre; musicals and dance in particular. Amongst my favourite films are Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Singing in the Rain and Fried Green Tomatoes. I love to read anything from Crime thrillers to classics (love Wuthering Heights) or biographies about inspirational people. I hate sexism or racism and disingenuous people. I value friendship and above all else my family.

6 thoughts on “SOCKERAMA!

  1. Like you I am not a tension square addict but I did one and a practice heel before my first pair of socks! Your socks look lovely. I have almost finished my current pair.

  2. you did a tension square? NOW i’m impressed….

  3. I felt such a great sense of achievement to have mastered my first pair. I always thought socks were beyond me. Now working on my second pair too!

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