Well folks, it’s finally happened. After successfully knitting my first sweater, afghan, cabled hat/mitten/scarf set, and as of today, my first pair of socks, I’ve reached a new plateau of knitting skillz. Yes, with a z. In the process, I even learned to knit left-handed, a goal I didn’t think possible for a few years. Between the afghan and the socks, both of which I had hoped to finish by Christmas 2010, my tendinitis necessitated finish the afghan left-handed and the socks past deadline. In my ambidextrous excitement, I tried working on the microscopically-gauged socks (knitted on size 1 double-pointed needles) left-handed and totally failed. There’s only so much a person can do with their non-dominant hand in a short period of time.
I won’t bore you with more details than the above, but I thought I’d share some in-progress and completed pictures of my first pair of socks, which I started making right after Thanksgiving of 2010 and completed Sunday, February 20, 2011.
I mentioned finishing a few other first-ofs in the past year. My winter set was inspired by a Michigan brew, Short’s Huma Lupa Licious and was made using Stitch Nation Full O’ Sheep yarn. The sweater was my take on the Hey Teach pattern from Knitty and was made with Stitch Nation Bamboo Ewe yarn in periwinkle. Finally, the afghan was made with some Red Heart Fiesta yarn in cornmeal and was a pattern of my own creation.
I’ve made my own knitting patterns in the past, but my new goal is to learn how to get them down on more than miscellaneous scraps of graph paper. Later this week, I’ll begin the next leg of my knitting journey – pattern making. If anyone out there has tips for pattern-making, please leave a comment. Otherwise, wish me luck!