Sock knitting week one

So yet again it’s been a while, I was ashamed when I realised how long it is since I last posted! Our little girl is 9 and a half months old now and is crawling and exploring, so finding the time during the day to craft has been very hard. I have however finished a project which is a present, so I will share that with you when it has been received.

One of my aims when I started my maternity leave was to do some daytime workshops, a little time for me and an opportunity to try some new things. Many of my friends have caught the sock bug and have been showing me many hand knitted socks, saying I should give it a go. When I saw a 3 week daytime sock making course advertised at Black Sheep Wools with the very lovely Christine (Aka Winwick Mum),  I decided to give it a go. I have to point out here that I have never knitted anything before. Although I had learnt the basic stitches many years ago, I knew I had to relearn everything to be able to do the course.

The first week was getting to grips with tension squares (eek!) and choosing the yarn and appropriate needles. We then set about casting on and began to knit and purl. Instantly I started to struggle and Christine had to step in to help me. I already regretted signing up, I felt way out of my comfort zone and thought I’d bitten off more than I could chew. However I persevered and got my stitches onto the circular needle, however they were very loose and towards the end of the workshop I decided the best option was to start again. I thought I’d be okay as I now had a much better idea of what I needed to do.

I got home and lost count of how many times I casted on and started the first row of stitches, it just didn’t look right. I googled and looked at you tube videos, but still couldn’t figure it out. In the end, after long messages via Facebook with Christine, I managed to meet with my friend and she guided me through it. Instantly I could see where I had gone wrong and I was set!

This weeks workshop covers making the heel. I am extremely nervous as I think this is going to confuse me, but I am determined to stick with it!

Sarah x


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