WIP Wednesday: Sock knitting is not for me

You may or may not already have heard about my attempt to knit socks. After spending the first 3 months of my knitting career hearing about how awesome custom knitted socks were, and how easy and fun and quick they were to make, I caved and decided to give it a go myself.

I moved in with Boyfriend back in March, and mostly it’s all gone well. There is just one major hurdle getting in the way of our happiness, and it’s socks. All of our socks are plain black. All of them. Every week sees the same bickering over who washed the most socks that week, who stole the other person’s socks last week by accident, who put dainty girl-socks in Boyfriend’s sock drawer. It’s madness, I tell you!

The Sock Plan

Given the very real danger that this sock confusion issue will be the death of our relationship, I decided it was a good idea to knit him a pair of socks. After some searching, the yarn choice was made and I ran it by him just to make sure nothing about the purposefully boring grey/blue combo I’d picked would be offensive to his taste. Somehow this turned into an idea to also buy the same yarn in grey/pink and do his ‘n’ hers socks, which sounded totally doable to me since everyone keeps banging on about how socks are “a really quick knit”.

Two weeks later . . .

I hate knitting socks! My weak wrist is constantly cramped up and there’s a weird hole where I somehow dropped a stitch and then twisted it when I picked it back up.


Somehow I’ve managed to get confused and start knitting in reverse stockinette not once, not twice, but THREE times.


If I hadn’t jumped in at the deep end and done these two at a time, there’s no way I’d ever want to knit the second sock. Thankfully this pair is almost finished, sort of. The opposite of thankfully, his pair are still to do and they’ll be bigger.

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I hate my life.

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12 Responses

  1. Laura says:

    They are looking good!
    Has it taken you that long to get them done though, I would not have had the patience!
    They look awesome compared to how they looked in my house last week!

    • Michelle says:

      Well I’ve not been working on them every day, since they make my wrist go dodgy and also I was playing The Walking Dead. But they’re definitely not the quick knit I thought they’d be 🙁

      Next project, something tiny!

  2. Oh no! I am sad socks don’t agree with you.

    I can’t think of a way to make them more fun. . . Double pointed needles maybe? I use them sort of like little levers, which makes it less straining, but I adore fine gauge projects.

    They are cute. My first socks were 2×1 ribbing anklettes, I never made short socks after that haha.

    Molly : )

    • Michelle says:

      At the minute I’m just hoping the finished socks are worth it. Maybe once they’re done I’ll love them so much I’ll want to do more!

      Stranger things have happened :p

  3. Well at least you have conquer the sock knitting though it didn’t turn out as expected. Maybe the next time you want to knit another pair, you can try to knit “two-socks-at-a-time”, there are some great books about it you can refer to.

    • Michelle says:

      That’s the worst part, these *are* two at a time! Maybe that’s why I feel like progress is so slow, but it’s definitely better than second sock syndrome.

  4. Stefanie says:

    So sorry to hear about your sock woes! Your socks do look quite nice, hopefully that is motivation to sick with it – it will get easier, I promise! I’d recommend trying different types of needles (both style – DPN or magic loop – and material) to see which is easiest on your hands. I tend to prefer wooden needles when making socks – metal ones are just too slippery, so I end up holding everything with an iron grip and get a cramp. My favorite needles are my Knitter’s Pride Dreamz and Cubics DPNs!

    • Michelle says:

      I was using wooden circular needles, but on a too short cable so maybe a longer one would be less strenuous. Plenty of time to experiment anyway, what with having to knit a whole other pair :-\

  5. Nancy says:

    I’ve been a knitter for over 25 years and have NEVER knitted socks. Mind you, I’m not very proud of that, and I give you lots of credit. Your socks actually look quite nice. My usual projects are sweaters for myself, and am planning an online business creating designs sold as kits. I’m starting with boot toppers, and moving on to fingerless gloves, cowls and other fashion accessories where one size fits most. I think my aversion to socks is that I prefer knitting on straights (likely due to all my early training in clothing construction and looking at flat pieces). Then, too, I hardly ever wear socks. Keep up the good work!

  6. EmmyKnits says:

    Urgh, I hate knitting socks. Mainly because I’m not good at it. 😛 Beekeeper’s Quilt is fixing that, sort of.

    I’m going to start on socks soon…only because I have too many shawls. Wish me luck!

    • Michelle says:

      I’ve been really tempted to try another shawl lately, but the problem is there’s no real situation I can see myself wearing one. The first one I knitted is lovely, but has just been hanging up unloved ever since.

      At least socks will definitely get worn occasionally.

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