How do we approach a new craft? I will admit to procrastinating over socks for many years. The idea of four needles scared me. However many years ago I found a lovely pattern for a yoked jumper with fair isle on the yoke ... but by then those magic needles with cat-gut like stuff in the middle were around. I coped!
Gloves were an important accessory in the cooler part of NZ where I spent most of my life, but there were lots of glove patterns on 2 needles!
The ear flap hats featured earlier were on those magic needles, but I changed to 4 needles when near the end as I spent too much time shuffling stitches along the 'cat gut' insertion.
Everywhere people were knitting socks! I procrastinated for weeks, but after a member of the DTE Forum posted a pattern for sports socks that wouldn't waste too much wool should I make a real blunder, I crossed the bridge [so to say]. Not wishing to buy new wool ... waste not, want not, is a mantra I almost follow, I hunted through my 'wool stash', and yes I have a considerable haul of that as well, I found some 4-ply, bought a set of double pointed needles at the Op Shop for $1, and excuses ran out.
The first sock is complete!
I agree it leaves a lot to be desired, especially in closing the toe in Kitchener Stitch, which I had never attempted before. Thank goodness for U-tube!!! Now I have it's mate to complete, and yesterday whilst in my favourite craft shop I found sock wool. Yes, I succumbed! Two balls, each sufficient for one pair of socks, travelled home with me. Next winter [I know my limitations, and I do have other projects screaming for attention] I will be the proud possessor of two pair of lovely warm socks!! [she says, with fingers crossed.]