I learned to knit as a teenager. I used to go over to my Aunt Marie and Uncle Otto’s house to help with the twins and then my Aunt would take out a few minutes to teach me how to knit. I can still hear her say “Don’t make your cast on stitches too tight or you will be in big trouble.”
I decided I wanted to TRY knitting socks. OH MY it was harder than I thought. I am using the four needle method. I cast on…frogged…cast on…frogged. ( Frogged is when you rip out all your stitches and begin again) Threw the needles on my desk and gave up many times. I watched videos. I learned a long tail cast on. I watched how they made their join. More frogging …more giving up…one video said “Keep at it, if you have to cast on and knit that first round 100 times eventually you will GET it.”
I wanted to spend more time with my Aunts that knit…but sadly they are dead. Both my Aunt Marie and my Aunt Mia were extraordinary knitters.
I dropped some stitches, four needles is a challenge…I knit my join too loosely and made “ladders.” Uffda.
Finally I made an acceptable join.
AND I have a cuff!!!
I am now working on the body of my sock. My reward for making it this far was to go to town and get some more needles and some worsted weight sock yarn that is a wool mix…sock yarn is quite expensive.
I was astonished that I still knew a knit stitch from a pearl stitch…and could do both decently after all these years.
Will I be able to do a heel?? I hope so. This first pair is made out of some practice yarn…I will let you know how it goes. I will wear these socks no matter what they turn out like!
I have to remember to relax and go with the flow. Relax was my word for this year. I do find knitting relaxing…I keep my yarn and needles on my desk or the dining room table and when I take a break I can do a few stitches. I have found out that knitting uses different muscles in your hands versus crochet.