My first pair of sox!

Here they are at last! Is there any more to say? Yay!'s a little more info. I must confess, I have knit a sock before...sort-of. Just one. After trying, I swore that something miraculous would have to make me try another, like getting married--I would use the other sock to propose.

Here's the thing. If I'm green now, I was much more so then...and I had no clue what wool or sock yarn were then. I printed some easy sock pattern off the internet in college, took my woolease and went on a choir tour down south. Right at Orangeburg, SC, I was finished...complete with terrible ladders and nasty gaps. That's not to mention the metallic dpns slipping out all the time. I had no one to help me understand where I had gone wrong. That was the end of that.

Fast forward about six or seven years. I have much more knitting under my belt, I've come to the wooly dark side (more or less), and I've discovered bamboo and circulars. And I actually took a class and made knitting friends. So don't be misled. This little first pair of socks was a long time in coming. It truly is my first pair, even though it's technically socks 2 and 3. And it's also my first foray into sock yarn.

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rc_in_sd's picture

Nice job! Your stitches are really nice and even, and the colors came out great, too!

WillyG's picture

Thanks! what a nice compliment! I did knit a few projects in between socks 1 and 2, but it didn't seem to cause any gauge issues. The nice thing about showing a couple pics on the web is that you can't hold them and see the times I forgot which row I was on and did the wrong stitch. Or the other little flubs. hehe.

About the colorway...I have to chuckle. It's great, and I will wear it with pride. However, when I was shopping for my first sock yarn, my teacher asked what color palette I was thinking of, and I said blue/green/brown. Hm. Either the colors I liked incorporated colors I didn't want to wear, like pink or purple, or they were to 'safe' and dark, like olive green. So I ended up with a yellow/orange palette. At least it tips the hat to brown, and should wear nicely enough with my brown work pants.

sonics's picture

Sweet looking sox! I am soon to be finished one too.

WillyG's picture

Thanks, Kerry...I just peeked at yours, and can't wait to see the final result! I've been on a Noro kick anyway (daydreams), but seeing your sock helped confirm it for me. There's something about the colors gradually changing that makes the knit keep moving forward for me.

daveballarat's picture

How long did the socks take you to knit? I just started to learn to knit socks yesterday.I was thinking that socks would be quick and easy but ... with sock wool being so fine... I soon realised that it's going to take me quite some time... but I don't know just how long it will take.

For you how long did it take? Your socks look great by the way.
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WillyG's picture

Interesting question... I began the first sock right after taking a sock class back in January-February, I believe. Too lazy to check. Then life happened, and I juggled several more projects that screamed louder...I had about a mere inch on the second sock a week ago today.

If you're worried about not getting anywhere, I recommend to you what worked for me...take the socks on a day trip, preferably one in which you use public transportation and ride for a few hours. (Or an airport) The rather lengthy waiting periods make for a nice boost in sock progress, haha. That got me over the hump. Oh, and bring an iPod with the Yarn Harlot on it.

ronhuber's picture

Beautiful socks. I hope they are the first of many.

WillyG's picture

Glad you like them. I must admit, I was for a while thinking of *not* doing more socks. Never fear, though. I'm debating whether to squeeze a pair in for my dad by June, and for my mom by her July 4 birthday. I'm definitely gonna try the latter in some tacky red-white-blue combination.

rjcb3's picture

Excellent job!!!

You did very well. Congratulations.

Good luck on many more to come.


WillyG's picture

Thank you!!! It means a lot.

YarnGuy716's picture

Another one to the dark side of sock knitting! :-) I used to be one of those who didn't understand why you would knit socks, then I knit a pair. Now I hardly ever not wear hand knit socks. I agree they are the perfect portable project. Also great for warmer weather knitting when you don't want a big wool project sitting on your lap. They look awesome too. Great pattern choice.

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

Nice socks. Like your comment about socks as travel companions. They are my "go-to" project on such occasions. A lot of sock knitting (for me) is just getting into the "zone" and letting myself knit - music is a great way to do that. -- Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

Thinman's picture

Those socks are AWESOME! Great fit -- especially for a first pair.

crmartin's picture

Beautiful socks! You did a fantastic job on them. I really like the colorway and pattern.