We have a sock! A cute one at that. And it being a small sock, the knitting went super quick. I think I managed this one in a few days which is fast for me ‘cuz I’m a slooooow knitter (I’d even call myself turtle-esque). Granted I also have sock experience but typically it takes me 2 weeks to churn out one sock.
Starting the first row is always a challenge, but I think it proved extra challenging given the “bumpy” nature of the yarn; it was hard to tell if all my purl stitches were on the same side when I had to join. And I found it hard to “read my stitches” at first.
The pattern (from Bernat pattern book Stretchy Sets) is a great one for the sock beginner, but I’d consider practicing on a smoother yarn first, especially if you’ve NEVER made socks or NEVER knit in the round. Of course if you’re feeling brave, go for it!
Given the stretchiness of the yarn, my usual habit of pulling the first stitch to avoid ladders didn’t work too well. It created ladders! Thankfully all the bumps hide a multitude of “sins”. And ladders seemed to disappear when I stopped pulling and just rotated the end-stitches by slipping them onto next needle (I use a ring marker to indicate the beginning).
I’m ready to start the second sock. Hopefully it and the hat will be completed in time for holiday gift-giving. At this rate, I should start thinking about my next project.