Just a quick note before I get into knitting socks today. There are more details at the bottom of this post and answers to FAQs if you’re planning to shop the art/art supplies sale this evening.
I’ll start off by declaring that I’m totally in love with knitting. I like to crochet, but I really love knitting. They are so similar, so I’m not sure why I prefer knitting over crochet, but I am really enjoying it and I’m excited about getting better. I have dreams of making all sorts of fun things to wear, but I have so much to learn before I’m ready to put the time and money into garments larger than socks, hats, and mittens. I’ll get there, though.
Since I successfully finished knitting my first pair of socks, I thought I would share what I learned.
I dove right in and decided to work on double-pointed needles. While many people told me they prefer circular needles, it seemed like getting comfortable on DPNs would be a good skill to learn. Now that I’ve made a pair and I’m halfway through another, I can say that I am very comfortable working on DPNs, so I wouldn’t shy away from any projects that utilized them.
I knew I needed to find a simple pattern that also had a video tutorial, so I could SEE the pattern in action. When I’m just reading it, it doesn’t always click for me. TA least as a beginner. I’m starting to understand the patterns better. I followed THIS video tutorial, which was easy to follow and I think a great place to start working on DPNs and making socks. (She also has tutorials for making socks on circular needles if you prefer going that route.)
My first tip would be – just make the socks. I did unravel my first sock about eight times as I was learning how to do the ribbing, but once I really got going, I wasn’t going to stop unless I made a catastrophic knitting error. I made mistakes and you can see where my rows are uneven and stitches are snagged or skipped, but none of these issues would prevent these from functioning as socks!
I just kept going, knowing that this pair was practice. If they fit on my feet and resembled socks, that was a win. And both of those boxes were checked when I finished.
(The slouchy socks and rolled-up jeans are a pretty proper 80s look.)
They looked like they would be tiny baby socks when I first started, but when I switched to a knit stitch, the fabric flattened out and I could see that these were going to be big and slouchy. Once I was finished, I realized I had used 2.75mm needles instead of 2.25 needles!
So, I’m making another pair with the right-sized needles and they are looking like they’ll fit much better. Since I don’t have enough blue yarn left to make a pair of socks, I decided to mix a couple of colors. I actually wish I had done this on the first pair because it makes it easier to see my rows. I can already tell that my knitting is getting neater and more consistent.
Initially, I was worried that the metal DPNs would just slip out as I was working, but they don’t. I never had that happen once. I did accidentally pull out a needle, thinking it was my working needle! I would tell Jeff and the boys to stop everything and hold their breath as I tried to thread the needle through the loose loops. AHHHH! I did it again! Hold your breath, everyone! Are you holding your breath?!?
I haven’t done that as I’ve been working on the second pair, because I’m a little wiser from the experience.
I have a fun little stash of sock yarn, so I’m planning on making socks through the summer since they are small and light. Once we get back into fall, I have a few mitten, hat, and scarf patterns I’d like to make.
If you’re interested, THIS is the wool-blend sock yarn I’m using for knitting these socks. (They have the blue/gray, but I’m not seeing the mustard in stock.) I have a few other brands to try, though, so I don’t have a favorite to declare, yet. This particular one is soft and washes well, but it pills like crazy if you try to put it in the dryer, so these are definitely machine-wash/air-dry socks with this yarn.
I upgraded to THESE DPNs and they are much nicer than the cheaper ones I purchased at Michael’s. Those bent when I was working on tighter stitches, which was probably “operator error” more than anything else.
The project bags are from Dunn by Designs Etsy shop.
If you’re interested, you can find other knitting-related posts here…
The original art and used art supplies sale is this evening at 7:00 pm CST. If you’re an international shopper, just remember that we’re on daylight savings time.
The sale will be held on this website. You can get to the shop HERE or get there through the nav bar at the top. It’s under “shop” and “shop artwork.” Here’s a graphic showing exactly where it is…
If you’d like to speed things up at checkout, you can create an account ahead of time. You can create an account or log in by clicking HERE or navigating through the far right side of the navbar.
For the paintings, shipping is set up for orders to Europe, UK, and Canada. We’re working on getting a shipping zone set up for Australia/NZ as well. Technically, if you’re not in the US, you can place an order for one of the used art supply listings. I am discouraging that, because I think the shipping costs could outweigh the savings, but if you are willing to pay additional shipping charges (perhaps it’s for something you can’t get in your country), then just place the order and we’ll work it out!
I also wanted to give a head’s up that items in your cart are not reserved. You must complete the checkout to secure the purchase. For that reason, I would suggest you buy the thing you want most and then browse around for more after that first purchase is complete. Since there is free US shipping on all of the listings, it will not cost you any more to have more than one transaction. (If you’re an international buyer, I will refund any additional shipping charges.) I will combine any multiple orders and ship them together.
And, lastly, if you do have a painting “swiped” from your cart, just send me an e-mail with a screenshot of the painting(s) you wanted. (firstname.lastname@example.org) I can create a similar work for you if you’d like to make a commission request. I do have a bit of a backlog, though, so it will take me a while to get to it. I know it can be so disappointing to miss out on a one-of-a-kind piece that speaks to you, so I want to try to accommodate customers. I will also be listing some of the larger works on Society6 for those who want to order prints. You can find my shop HERE.