Trying and failing and trying again

I’ll admit it, instructions bore me. I see myself as a person who carefully reads instructions and follows them promptly, but either I’ve changed or I’ve lied to myself my whole life, because that clearly isn’t true.

So I decided I should knit some socks, continuing with my Christmas presents. How hard can it be? Right?

I had the needles, I had the yarn and started.

My first realization was that it was really difficult to start with 4 needles. My second realization was that I’d forgotten how to start a knitting and was doing it wrong. My third realization was that you need 5 needles, not 4. My fourth realization was that, no, you can’t use a regular needle as the fifth one because it has a stop in one end and you need to knit from both ends. My fifth realization was that the multicolored yarn I was using made it a lot more difficult to see what I was doing.

At one point my partner commented “Wow, you’re working so fast, I only see you starting nesw ones, never finishing them”. Eh, well…It’s actually because I rip up what I’ve done and start over and over again.

I’ve now come to the point where a few centimeters of the ankle of my first sock are looking ok. I will report back when I reach the heel.

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4 responses to this post.

  1. I’ve only ever used 4 needles to knit in the round. The knitting is held on 3 and the fourth is the one used to make the stitches. I last knitted socks in primary school and don’t think I’ve done any 4 needle knitting since then. I tried using one of those circular knitting needles for some now long forgotten project but gave up on it as the circular needle was even more difficult to use! Good luck. I’m sure you’ll succeed.

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  2. Hahaha jag har fyra sockprojekt på gång… två sedan i somras och två som jag har börjat under hösten. Bara ett projekt är halvfärdigt, de andra är på stadiet mer än senfärdigt 🙂

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  3. I tried knitting once about 30 years ago and it wasn’t for me. I think you would be much better than I am, for sure. You have a very nice blog. Greetings from Montreal, Canada. 🙂

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