If you're a regular here at Craftapalooza you might have figured out by now that I have craft ADD. This would drive some people (personalities) nuts. But I get bored easy and I figured if I'm happy with the results of my multi-tasking crafting then lucky me AND lucky friends and relatives who receive the fruits of my crafting. I'm a keen knitter, but would no way call myself an obsessive knitter, though I am a fibre snob. I couldn't have a just knitting blog, you guys would get bored with my lack of finished WIPs.
This past week I have become completely obsessed with knitting socks. Well the thoughts have been in my head for over a month, useful when it's coming up to the end of our winter here in Perth. The dreaded DPN's were the only thing stopping me. Don't get me wrong, quickly backtracking before I get a shit storm of DPN lovers banging down the door. I think DPN's have their place....just not in sock knitting. Oh well, bring it on DPN lovers. But before you do, try knitting socks with two circular needles.
I've borrowed Cat Bordi's "Socks Soar on Two Circular Needles", great review here. The book is fairly unassuming and very thin. However once you read the instructions you sort of go, oh, yes of course, simple! I started the socks above last Saturday. I've gone the safe route for my first pair and used the pattern from the book. I want to knit some cabled socks I've seen in a recent Interweave Knits. The book gives instructions/advice on how to convert a pattern knit on DPN's to circulars. Not too painful at all.
At first working on the 2.5mm (my tension's tight, I need to go up a smidge) in a k2 p2 rib on Lorna's Laces, I was feeling I would never finish the leg. But then all of a sudden I was on to the heel flap and then turned the flamin' hill and now I'm workin' that gusset. I think I'll definitely finish one sock this weekend and START the second. I know I definitely have second sock syndrome. Having one finished Opal sock in my stash....saying that knitting with Lorna's Laces is such a pleasure and the yarn is so soft and lovely. Watching the pattern emerge is fun as well.
Could a beginner sock knitter start using this technique? I think they could. They'd need to probably understand the anatomy of a sock (see link below) and maybe have a buddy who they could ask questions. I definitely think working with 2 circ's is a bucketload easier than wrangling 4 or 5 DPN's!
Stay tuned to see if I succumb to 2nd sock syndrome!