For Christmas my sister-in-law gave me a gift card to Knit Picks. I bought a lot of great stuff but my favorite purchase was this large clear knitting bag:
I love it! I can see everything at once and don't need a flashlight to see down into it.
So today I decided to gather up all of my knitting books:
And then I decided to separate out my sock knitting books:
And my favorite one for an absolute beginner like me is:
I have knit almost two pairs of socks now and this book has guided me through every step. My first pair I finished about a month ago:
And hopefully I'll finish my second pair sometime this week:
And now that I have two pairs "under my belt" I feel like I can take on more challenging patterns. So I started my third pair and when I got to the pattern on the leg (after the cuff) it seemed almost impossible on DPN's. I needed it on a circular needle because there was going to be a lot of moving stitches onto different needles so I could SSK (slip slip knit). I have now cast on for two new pairs of socks but am not sure what patterns I'll be knitting them in. I think I'm going to try to move one of them to my circular needles and attempt a challenging pattern. Note, in the first pair I am using another gift purchase from Knit Picks called Harmony Needles. They are absolutely wonderful! BUT I have noticed that knitting with a lighter color yarn is much more easier on these needles than a darker color yarn. I found this out when I cast on a gorgeous purple yarn but couldn't see it!
So stay tuned to see what these two new pair of socks will end up looking like.