Several weeks ago, I attempted to create my first pair of socks. I selected a pretty washable wool yarn. I pulled out my double points. I cast on.
I went to my knitting group to work on the gauge. The professional instructor explained me to that acquiring gauge would be difficult. This was not a knitting class but a group therefore she was not instructing me, she was assisting me. She mumbled something about carrying a long tail because purl rows and knit rows have different tension.
I did not understand her.
The gal sitting next to me whispered, "I would not do it if I were you. These people here are crazy about their socks. I do not understand the attraction. They are addicted to making socks. Do not become one of them. It looks too difficult to be enjoyable."
I continued with knitting and purling my rows. I created a 2 inch swatch and asked if I could establish my gauge. Several knitters said, "no" in unison. I needed a longer swatch for gauge. I continued. It was boring.
Just as I approached 4 inches, the perfect length for setting gauge, the part-time instructor looks up from her knitting and yells at me.
"Your gauge is going to be wrong. I told you that purl rows and screw up your gauge. You have to start over."
Several other knitters agreed with her.
I feel tears in my eyes.
I started yelling back. "This is so stupid. Why is it so difficult to make socks?"
I heard more "I told you so's."
The gal sitting next to me whispers, "I warned you. Sock making is serious business."
By now, I am crying.
I am crying because I tried to knit a pair of socks.
It was ridiculous.
Then I hear a soft voice. "Frizzy, I will make you a pair of socks. "
I gave to her my yarn and she has been working on MY socks for a few weeks. I have not been to my knitting group in three weeks due to my vacation. On Wednesday, I hope to have my new socks.
In the interim, I begged members of Ravelry.com to make me a pair of socks. And here they are
I have been accused of begging for socks instead of making my own. I assure you that my tears were real. Ask any member of Knit Knight.
I am going to attempt a pair of socks this winter. Wish me luck. I am thinking about using this book.