I have been trying to knit two at a time toe up socks for about three years now. They were out of this yarn, almost a worsted weight, so they would have been socks. I took them in to see a friend that I work with and she confirmed that the stitches are too tight, so it is the wrong size hook and the construction probably was not right to begin with. So, I ripped them out which took very little time. Then I wound the yarn into cakes, the ball winder I am using is fairly small so it wound into four cakes, and found a pattern to crochet socks. I am using a 4mm hook to crochet these socks and although I accidentally added 3 more rows to the rib I believe that it will turn out well.
I cannot wait to pick up the stitches for the heel, foot, and toe. I have not given up on the idea of knitting socks, I am simply going to begin by finding the perfect pattern, select or purchase the correct yarn, and proceed from there. Right now I am checking a book called Getting Started Knitting Socks by Ann Budd. If that does not work I will probably proceed to checking out verypink.com to see what her 9″ circular socks look like since several people seem to rave about them. I have tried to look at Ravelry, but I keep trying to find a pattern to suit the yarn I want to use, laceweight, which is apparently not a good idea for my first socks.
If I can crochet these socks in a couple of days then I will be happy to have a pair of finished socks and be more willing, I hope, to spend the time I need to create knit socks. Only time will tell, hopefully this will help me develop the patience I am going to need to begin and complete larger projects. I believe that a book I read recently on Deep Work by Cal Newport will help with this. I have noticed the degradation in my ability to focus on more complex tasks, part of this is due to the burn out I am facing however I believe that a lack of time and ability to deeply focus on my tasks contributes.
Okay! So I should be starting my new year with a pair of crochet socks and some projects on my needles that I may complete! On that note, Happy Crafting!