Granted, here in Florida we wear flip flops all year long. Granted, one can succumb to the allure of hand-dyed fingering weight merino without venturing into the realm of dpns or magic loop - work it up into a shawl perhaps. Granted, back when I read Debbie Macomber's A Good Yarn I scratched my head and thought, "Who knits socks?" But as I re-entered the knitting world several years ago and quickly rose to the ranks of the obsessed (and employed, mind you - not all obsessions are dangerous) I became aware of the pervading buzz about sock knitting, and I figured there must be sound reason behind it.
In May 2011 I cast on my first pair
Though this was my first pair started, it was not my first pair finished. In the lengthy interim I participated in a KAL which introduced me not only to Plymouth Happy Feet (my very first purchase at The [Itty Bitty] Knitty Gritty) and Irish Girlie Knits, but also to Honey Badger, the hilarious-but-perhaps-too-vulgar-for-some You Tube video. (Not going to link it here, go look it up yourself. Honey Badger don't care.)
With a bold sense of now-I-know-how-to-knit-socks and a hunger to learn different techniques, I volunteered for a test knit soon after. Wheat Rib by Lindo Jo Park was my first try at toe-up on 2 circulars, which has become my preferred sock method.
Will Work For Yarn Swap Group project,
So who knits socks in Florida? I do. And I'm itching to share techniques, tips, pitfalls, experiences with fellow enthusiasts and with those who, like I once was, are simply confounded by the whole idea. Join me at The Knitty Gritty for a free-of-charge, twice-monthly get-together. Bring your own socks-in-progress, or cast-on the socks-of-the-month project (this month it's yoga socks). Learn a new technique, or get help for a sock-gone-awry. Fondle my sock yarn, I'll fondle yours. This month we'll meet Monday, May 20 from 6-8 pm, and/or Tuesday, May 21 from 11am-1pm. In ensuing months we'll stagger the meetings every other week or thereabouts. Become a regular, or pop in now and then. I'll be there to knit, chat, teach, help, laugh. Hope to see you there!