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!!!