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As anyone who has knit socks knows, sock knitting isn’t always a picnic. There are about a gazillion different ways to knit heels and toes. Do you knit toe up or cuff down? Double pointed needles, magic loop, two circulars? One at a time? Two at a time? There are so many options!!! And nearly as many patterns and sock yarns to choose from.
I’m just guessing that I’m not the only one who experiences stages in their sock knitting. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE knitting socks, but they can be a bit frustrating. However, the joy of wearing a pair of hand knit socks far outweighs it all. They feel amazing, they can be knit for YOUR feet, and I mentioned the amazing variety of sock yarn, right? I love sock yarn as much as I love the socks! It’s seriously amazing. But! back to the stages of sock knitting…
THE 10 STAGES OF SOCK KNITTING
1. Excitement. You’re casting on and it’s new! Woohoo! (This stage is short lived.)
2. Will the toe/cuff EVER be finished?!
3. More excitement. Finally starting the pattern. It’s looking so good!!!
4. Am I at the heel YET?!
5. Yay!!! The heel!! (My favorite part. I have started using the Fish Lips Kiss heel and LOVE it!)
6. This leg/instep is taking FOREVER!
7. Hooray!!! Starting the cuff/toe!!! Almost done!!
8. Cuff/toe. For-eh-verrrrrrr. (said in true Sandlot form)
9. Ugh. Bind off/grafting.
10. DONE!!!! It’s finally DONE!!!! Then, if you’re knitting two at a time, “Now what?… Cast on another pair! Knit ALL the socks!!!!” If knitting one at a time, “Waaaaaaaaaaaahhhh!!! That sock took forever and now I have to knit the other sock! But this other pattern looks so fun… It wouldn’t hurt to have mismatched socks, right?”
Don’t you just love the yarn I used for these socks?! I used Knit Picks Stroll Hand Painted Sock Yarn. This particular colorway has been discontinued, but they have several other great ones available.
For those who have knit socks, do you relate or is it just me?
The 10 Stages of Sock Knitting