There is no natural light left and my photos are rubbish but I don't care.....
I just finished my first ever pair of socks!!!!!
PATTERN: Gusset Heel Basic Socks by Wendy D Johnson
(from the book Socks from the Toe Up)
YARN: Regia Design Line Kaffe Fasset
NEEDLES: 2.5mm Addi Lace circulars (100cm) using Magic Loop method
CAST ON: Judy's Magic Cast on
BIND OFF: Judy's Surprisingly Stretchy Bind Off which is also surprisingly pretty...
I am so pleased with these and the fact that the stripes match - even though they are not quite identical in the heel area - but unless I wear them with clogs, no one will ever see that bit so ssshhhhh! I'm trusting you with my secret.
The lovely Tickety-boo (aka Gilly) - now my sock guru - was kind enough to get me started by recommending the book above as well as sending me this heel-turning tutorial which prepared me for what I expected to be the hardest bit. Once I had the pattern it all made complete sense and was much much easier than I expected. Sure, this is a simple pattern, but now I feel confident to make more intricate patterns and to try a different heel type - which is good as there is now a knitting request queue forming in my house.
For anyone thinking of trying to make socks, I would definitely encourage you to give it a go - this really was very simple, great TV knitting, small and portable, and a relatively quick knit - no wonder they are addictive! If you're not convinced, have a look at the post over at Misadventures in Craft yesterday which says it all.
It's been a crazy day and it's not over yet, so I'm off to munch some pizza with the kids before a crafty night, during which I may even cast on the next pair which WILL actually be blue! (If you were expecting blue socks today, please see yesterday's explanation .... and come back soon!)
Hope you have a great weekend and get time to check out the other FOs at Tami's.