I've caught the bug to make socks. Don't ask me why. And I'm frustrated as Hell.
So far I've bought one very expensive size 1 40 inch long circular needle along with a book and an equally expensive ball of yarn. The book was about knitting both socks at the same time toe up. Boy was that a mistake. Since I've never knit a sock, trying to do two of them at the same time using something called a Magic Loop was not a bright idea. Doing it with that very expensive ball of yarn was equally a mistake.
So I ordered another very expensive 40 inch long circular needle in a larger size figuring I would make one sample sized sock to learn the technique. That needle will arrive some time tomorrow probably in the early evening.
I also ordered a Craftsy class on toe up socks. Donna Druchunas is a great teacher, by the way, but it is probably too advanced a class for a total beginner. What I really needed was a pattern I think.
Today I checked what kinds of needles I have. I've got several sets of double pointed needles. But none of the sets have 5 needles. They are all 4 needle sets. And in that toe up class, if I'm going to use double pointed needles I need 5 in the set.
I went to Walmart today and picked up two balls of Lion Brand yarn, probably in a "sport" weight size. Tonight I decided I'd take one of those balls of yarn and a size 2 circular needle (probably not long enough for the Magic Loop technique, and try to follow one of the toe styles taught by Donna Druchunas.
The second photo shows the process further along. I've actually done one increase row at this point.
I am succeeding in doing the process. It would be easier with either the
right kind of double pointed needles or a longer circular needle. But I
have already figured out several things just from having gone this far.
I knit very loose. That is true with flat knitting too. Any sock I
make is supposed to be tighter than what I would normally use for a
sweater or a shawl. Even though this is a sport yarn, a #2 needle is at
least one size too big.
I would be better off with a smoother yarn. This one is somewhat fuzzy and it has gotten in the way. I do have smooth sport
weight yarn in my stash. Sport weight yarn isn't the best for socks, but
it is already obvious that if I was using sock yarn I'd need a needle than any of the ones I've got. I need to go one or two sizes smaller than most people.
I probably would have been better off with a cuff down class at Craftsy. The toe and heel would still have been the hardest part, but I still think a more traditional method is what I really need.
I need to try 5 double pointed needles in a size that matches the yarn I'm trying to use. And I probably need to also try a really long (40 inch) circular needle in that size too.
I'm not going to consider this a UFO. It is really more of a learning experience. And I need to spend some time figuring out what to do next.