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!
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.The 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!