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Saturday, April 30, 2011

I Did It!!

I have been knitting for about 5 or 6 years, (well I did make some slippers when I was 12, but that was about it.)  I really wanted to learn again because who can remember when they were 12! I had a friend teach me and I struggled because I had learned crochet first and it was quite different from crochet.  I learned to knit the American way which I believe they call the throwing method. One day I was looking around on You Tube trying to figure out a stitch in a pattern, (I love You Tube it will show you any kind of stitch you are wondering about), I saw someone knitting the continental way and realized, "Wow, you can knit so much faster that way."  After looking at several different versions of knitting continental, I got out my knitting needles and practiced a long with the video. Oh, was it ever hard to train my fingers a different way. I had cramps in my index finger on my left hand like you wouldn't believe. I was not going to let the cramps beat me and I just kept practicing. I first practiced on a cotton wash cloth and practiced as many stitches as I could in that little square.


 I then made Mr. Jones a hat to wear to the barn, it turned out okay but the stitches were not very uniform.  After a while it got easier and easier and soon it was much faster than the way I was knitting before.
 I have always wanted to learn how to make  knitted socks.  I was in a cute little yarn shop(you know how I love yarn!) and saw that there was a sock knitting class where you could learn to knit socks on 2 circular needles,meaning you knit them at the same time. I signed up for the class and have been taking it for the last 3 weeks.
This was  a very fun way to make socks especially making 2 at the same time.
Here is the ribbed top and I just finished the heel on one of the socks. You make the socks at the same time until you get to the heel and then you do them one at a time.

Here is the heel.

Then after you finish both heels you continue on until you finish to the toe.

TA DA! I finished! I wish it would have been that fast but knitting the continental was way faster than before.

Don't these socks just make you smile!

I love wearing wool socks, I started a few years ago and I will never go back to wearing any other kind.

Yep, I am pretty proud of these babies!

They are probably the most expensive socks I own, if you count the cost of the class, but look what I learned!

I better hurry up and start another pair so I don't forget how.

but for now, I DID IT!!!

17 comments:

Mel said...

Way to go mom!! They remind me of Rainbow Brite. :) Looks very comfy!

Tania said...

Those are so adorable! One day I will learn how to knit socks!

Gail said...

Yes, your socks do make me smile. Congrats on learning a new skill and doing it so well.

Beth said...

Good for you!!! I admire your tenacity at learning Continental Style. I tried....not as hard as you....but I tried. I just can't get it.

The socks are wonderful!! I'd love to take a two-at-a-time sock class!

Amber Branconier said...

this is amazing! i have been wanting to learn to knit socks for a while now.

Kristen said...

These socks are beautiful! I love them. I just love colorful knitted socks. I have always wanted to learn also, so this past winter I made a pair. They are my favorite, but they took a long time. I'm not ready to make another yet. Beautiful job on yours.

no spring chicken said...

Smiling, SMILING, smiling!!! I am so encouraged.

Blessings, Debbie

Mandy @ Sugar Bee Crafts said...

Thanks for linking to Take-A-Look Tuesday - I featured you today! - Mandy, www.SugarBeeCrafts.com

Cheryl @ Sew Can Do said...

Congratulations - I've heard socks are tricky to knit. I love the yarn you used too. Thanks for linking to Craftastic Monday:)

Emily said...

I love these! Is that one yarn or several? I recently taught myself to knit, I'm going to have to figure this out too! domesticdeadline.blogspot.com

Fabric Bows and More said...

Those are so Cute! Please come and share it at my link party: http://fabricbowsandmore.blogspot.com

Kirsten @ Mushki Loves said...

Wow! Those are beautiful! I LOVE the colors!

Melissa said...

I found you at What Allie's Making Now blog hop. So glad I did, because I'm a knitter, too. I've only done it a year, though, so could use some help. I'm following you on Google and liking your FB page. You should come link up at my blog hop: http://www.meldreamsoften.com/2011/05/fancy-friday-blog-hop-4.html

Wendys Hat said...

Amazing! Good for you! I love them!

Michelle {Daydream Believers} said...

Yea! :) It's always so fun to learn (or re-learn)something new! Your socks look great! :) Nice job!

Stacey - Elle Belle said...

I am definitely smiling, love these, great job!

Sheila said...

I really like how those heels came out. Do you mind sharing what pattern/book you used, if there was one?

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