anyhow heres what i made in january. i know its late february but i was out of town etc etc. but i finally have time to share. i finished my Diagon Alley Socks. i am so proud. these are the second pair of socks ive ever made and they fit great. i do wish the ankle was tighter but i dont know how to do that and make the foot the same number of stitches it is now. so oh well.
i started out trying to make the "if you know where to go" pattern that was intended for this yarn (which was dyed by squibstitcher. and is "diagon alley" colorway) but it turns out i was just not advanced enough for that pattern. i started the socks and realized they were going to be HUGE about 3/4 of the way down the ankle area and unraveled them to start with smaller needles. the brick stitch is pretty straight forward i really liked how it was looking (if you can manage to not drop any stitches and have them unravel all the way back to the cuff like i did....twice...stupid pren!) that pattern calls for making these socks on 2 circular needles and i didnt know how to do that so i made them on double points and just got soooooo stumped at the heel gusset that i made a giant knot, and then when i was getting it out i dropped ANOTHER stitch! sheesh so now ive unraveled these socks 4 times! i could have made 2 pairs by now if i wasnt such a dummy. i was so frustrated that i just decided to make them plain and im really happy i did cause i love the way they turned out.
Getting Started Knitting Socks (Getting Started series) which i used for my last pair of socks too. loads of good helpful pix in that book for the beginner.