Tuesday, August 21, 2007

PSA: When learning to knit, don't make things that come in pairs

I just finished my first ever knitting project!

Guess which sock I knitted first.


(In the background you can see the colour that our landlady thought was appropriate for a rental property carpet. We've had it a week now and it's survived. But I'm very, very nervous. There will be rugs in our future.)

18 Comments:

Lucy said...

They're so pretty, though. Are you going to make a third to go with the second?

StyleyGeek said...

If I do, I'll have to unravel the first and reuse that wool, since I only had enough for the two. I think I will, eventually, but right now I am making a new pair with even prettier wool.

Bardiac said...

I had to laugh :) The wool looks really cozy, though!

Marie said...

Ha! I did the same thing with my first sock, I knit a sock big enough for a clown foot. That really drove the concept of gage home!

EthidiumBromide said...

I have never tried knitting socks before.. I can't picture getting much use out of them. I generally stick with scarves with matching hats and gloves as gifts for friends... but I do remember when I was first learning to knit when I was about 8, coming out with one mitten that would fit my hand, and a matching mitten that would fit my father's hand.
You'll get the hang of gauging soon enough -- very impressive for the first time you are knitting!

shrinkykitten said...

It looks to me like you made a decent sock and the world's most awesome chubby sock puppet!

Inside the Philosophy Factory said...

I love the pair just like they are... although, if you want to wear them together you'll have to have a regular shoe and a clown shoe :).

We have the same color carpet -- it really isn't too bad, just make sure you have a decent carpet cleaning product handy. After a couple of explosive cat barfs, I bought a whole pile of $3.00 rugs in hopes that the cats will puke on them and not the apartment carpet.

JustMe said...

hilarious! though the first one does allow for more breathing room, which is nice. it's like a deluxe sock.

Kelly said...

I really love the wool you chose for these. I can't believe you're going to make an even prettier pair! Waiting anxiously to see them. But when do you have time to knit? Between the thesis changes and the full-time job I can't even remember how to knit anymore. You are doing much better than me!

sheepish said...

You must go nuts trying to find a pair of shoes that fits.

liina said...

That's hilarious :) I have mastered socks and mittens by now, but sweaters are another story - they always end up fitting both me and my husband, at the same time...

Geeka said...

I too am learning to knit. I am having problems holding the needles (I am all not really a rightly, not really ambi), so nothing is consistent right now. I think that I need a knitting mentor.

physics*chick said...

Aww! They look really nice (ignoring size issues)!

You're really brave starting out with socks! I had to knit a lot of scarves, hats and mini-mittens before I decided to take on socks! Bravo!!!

Anastasia said...

it looks like you have an unfortunate birth defect.

wwwmama said...

I'm so exhausted right now after a long day, and that picture made me laugh so hard I nearly fell off my chair. But hey, at least it only took you one pair to figure it out, right?

Image Goddess said...

I love the colors, and no matter the size, they'll still keep your feet warm.

My last rental place had the same color of carpet. You'd be surprised, it'll take a lot. Even a cat that coughed up the mother-of-all hairballs every week!

WhatLadder said...

Ahahahaha! So funny. I don't know if you have looked at knitting blogs, but that picture totally makes you look like you are parodying them.

You could make a third one, and wear BIG SOCK as a hat.

StyleyGeek said...

Kelly, I should probably admit that I started these in April. I don't knit very often. Mostly just during the half hour break at choir practice once a week.

Physics Chick: I only wanted to learn to knit to make socks. I love home-knitted socks so much. Of course, now that I've caught the bug I am thinking about other projects too...

Whatladder: the big sock does almost fit on my head, in fact.

And everyone who has said the carpet isn't that bad: We had pale carpet before this. But it was less pale than this, and it was still a problem. The main problem is that it never looks clean. Even just bits of fluff from the carpet itself---the same pale colour---look like dark spots because they cast a shadow on it.