Proud too as I kinda made up the pattern by following a bunch of other techniques/patterns. Considering it's my first sock it turned out pretty good. I dyed the yarn to be self striping. I only had a bit of trouble picking up the sts on the side of the heel because I am left handed.....I didn't want to break the yarn and start on the other side...so I did one pick-up at a time.
Uh-oh. You know what this means? You'll be knitting socks for the rest of your life! Seriously, hand-knitted socks rock! Whoever you knit the socks for will want more; whoever sees the handknitted socks will want some; you will decide to knit a pair just for yourself...it's a slippery slope. Soon you'll be knitting socks for everyone on your Christmas list, trolling eBay and various online yarn sellers for luscious sock yarn on sale, drooling over sockknitting books (my faves? _Knitting on the Road_; _Knitting Vintage Socks_; _Sensational Knitted Socks_; _The Twisted Sisters Sock Workbook_). Another warning: if you acquire a copy of the Twisted Sisters book, chances are you'll become a spinner as well. Just FYI.
Pauline - spinning is so much fun!! And you can start really cheap - you don't need to get a wheel. Before about 1500 there were no spinning wheels anyway - all yarn was spun using a spindle of some kind. All you really need to spin is some roving and a drop spindle, and you can get a drop spindle pretty cheap - about $15 - $20 for the bare bones kind (look at the Ashford and bare bones Greensleeves spindles at http://www.thewoolery.com). You should try it!
Originally Posted by laprettygurl
OMGosh Jaye-P, I am already eyeing up the roving that the farm has...it's so yummy looking.