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wip: lassie socks + YOH day 1

In the beginning: how did you get into the craft?

My best friend in the 8th grade taught me how to purl using a pair of size 5 aluminum straights and some red heart yarn. After getting a hang of it I purled miles of garter stitch scarves in that size 5 gauge. I remember getting in trouble with some of my teachers while knitting in class because of the threatening look of those needles too. With some experimenting I figured out the knit stitch (which I later learned was actually the twisted knit stitch), and a really really tight bind-off method that didn’t involve knitting a stitch before pulling it over the next one. I don’t think I have any of my knit pieces from then anymore—they were all given away as gifts or to charities. I was the complete opposite of a selfish knitter back in the day!

After some time, I got into other hobbies and the knitting fell by the way side. It wasn’t until the summer of 2012 that I took an interest in it again after uncovering the stash in my closet. I pulled up a Youtube tutorial, learned about Ravelry, made this blog, and got right to it busting the old acrylic stash from middle school.

I’m glad I got into this craft the way that I did. The rediscovery of knitting came during a very difficult part of my life, offering a sort of therapy. Since picking up those needles again I learned a lot more about the process of learning and how to accept it. While it’s still a struggle to really let the mindset encompass the rest of my life, the importance of just getting to work is clear to me when I have a hat being knit in my hands. Any and every project, no matter how daunting, is done just one step(or stitch) at a time. And that blanket (or to take it further than that, portfolio, weight loss, or  song on the viola) just requires a little bit of time every day to see it done.

Speaking of projects—I finally picked what I wanted to see that Kroy sock yarn turn into. I made a point of looking only at my ravelry queue too to be good, and chose Lassie by Jennifer Beever. If you remember, in my previous post I was going to choose the Mr. Pitt’s Socks, but after doing a dozen or so rows of the cuff I realised that this was going to have to be adjusted to fit my smaller foot and ankle circumference (the pattern’s intended for a larger size) and just frogged the whole thing to start on Lassie. After getting as involved as I was about sizing and mods for Jason’s socks, all I want to do is follow a pattern and enjoy another person’s design decisions for a change. And so far it’s been a pleasure to see this pattern progress.

I mean, it may just be the fact that you actually see a motif appearing after a few rows but I feel like these are progressing much faster than the last ones did. When working on an all stockinette sock (even if it is in a self striping or variegated yarn) it feels like the damn thing is never going to get done sometimes. I think Lassie is just the thing I need right now and I think I might try to finish it within this month.

This post is part of Rebecca Bee Designs’ Year of Handmade. Click through to learn more and participate!

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  1. Anonymous says

    What a fun journey back into knitting! I tried crochet first and really struggled, especially when it came to seeing which stitch to go in to. Also loving the Lassie socks. Definitely perfect and elegant in the gray Kroy. There is also something so refreshing about knitting a pattern as written without having to think too much about modifications and sizing 🙂 Therapeutic even…


  2. Britney says

    Agreed! I recommend you try it out if you can, the sock is practically knitting itself. :]


  3. CeltChick says

    @hardknitlife : I came at knitting through crochet too! It wasn't until I'd gotten good at crochet that I learnt it's "supposedly" harder than knitting; go figure. Makes sense though, since knitting only has two stitches. Welcome to the Dark Side, we have cookies!


  4. severien says

    oohh, those Lassie socks are gorgeous. added the pattern to my ravelry favs immediately! i agree about stockinette stitch feeling slower, but i only have that feeling when i'm knitting stockinette with uni-coloured yarn! socks knitted with self-striping yarn seems to fly off my needles. i can imagine Lassie going much faster too, i think it has to do with being curious about the outcome of the pattern (or colours, with self-striping yarn) and knitting faster/more to see it evolve.


  5. Nin Leavitt says

    I loved reading your story about getting back to knitting. And, you are so right. Sometimes it is a delight to just follow the flow of another designer's pattern. Just letting the stitches lead you one by one to the finished object. Knitting Bliss! Nin


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