Fastest Socks Ever

I started these socks on Friday and finished them on Sunday.  The pattern is so easy and fun to crochet.  The results are acrylic and I did modify them somewhat.  These have given me the confidence to knit a swatch for knitted socks out of a yarn that I received from a KnitCrate.  The swatch is washed and set out to dry.  Once it is dry I will be measuring the stitches per inch and using that to create my first socks.  This time they will be knit cuff down one at a time.

What an auspicious start to the year!

Happy Crafting!

Crocheting Cuff Down Socks

crochet cuff socks

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!

Nalbinding

Nalbinding, Naalbinding, Needle Binding, Etc. whatever you call it, this ancient craft is a lot of fun.  There is debate if it is 1,000 or 2,000 years older than knitting, but this is  another craft attributed to the vikings.  While knitting takes two pointed sticks, Nalbinding only takes a needle.  There are Nalbinding needles for sale on etsy, but for now I am just using a blunt tapestry needle (mom uses them for plastic canvas).  I love the look of this craft, though it looks like garbage while you are making it (or while I am making it at least) but a tug here, a pull there and Viola:

Nalbinding 1 Nalbinding 2

I gathered my courage and watched a few more youtube videos, lo and behold I managed to make this:

Nalbinding Sock beginning

While I thought that this was a valiant start to a sock, I then found out that my Sombrero (as named by mom, of course) covers…a toe.  Well I will just have to change colors and make it bigger.  Why change colors, well it certainly isn’t because I ran out of this shade of brown..nope, its….um….a design element.  (yeah, we will go with that).  Most of the patterns that I am looking at, and yes there are patterns for this craft, state that a wool single might be the best fiber to use.  I am now thinking about spinning a wool single, thickly, for using with my Nalbinding.  It certainly is a thought.