As I have already stated, I have a goal to replace all the socks in our house with hand knit socks. I still think of myself as a novice sock knitter as I have only knit 3 pairs of adult socks and 7 pairs of baby socks. If you are a sock knitter, you know how many methods of sock knitting there are. For you non sock knitters you can knit a pair of socks on double pointed needles (old style), two circular needles on one sock at a time, toe up or top down, one long circular or magic loop, two at a time, or even knit on straight needles and sew it up when you are done. So far I have only stuck to what I know. . . knitting on DPN’s. I did however venture out and make a pair of baby socks using two circulars.
The first project for my recent goal is the “Make Up Socks” from the book “The Joy of Sox”. I love this book. The sock patterns are so pretty and the entire book is one big innuendo. The patterns all have names like “Afternoon Delight”, “Quickie Sox”, and the such. In this book most socks are worked toe up on two circulars or magic loop and have short row heel shaping, which are all things that I have never attempted. So keeping with the spirit of the book I am naming these socks “The Cherry Poppers” because they are my first time with so many different techniques. They are my first toe up, magic loop, two at a time and short row heels. They are still a work in progress but so far I am in love. I just finished the heels and was able to try them on before finishing the ankles. They are so great. I am so happy that my first time with all these things was with a pair of socks that I love so much and that are for myself. This is also my first time using Malabrigo Sock yarn which I LOVE!