Relearning How To Knit Sock
You all know I’m not averse to learning new things, right? But I honestly never thought I’d be relearning how to knit socks.
What Brought Me to Relearning How To Knit Socks?
In short, HiyaHiya 9″ Sharp circular needles is the answer to the question.
What really happened? HiyaHiya reached out to me and said they had some items they’d like me to review on the blog.
Free knitting things? Awesome! Send them right away.
Then the dilemma hits. Two great packages arrive. A beautiful, small bag filled with HiyaHiya knitting notions. No dilemma here…I’m in love and I can RAVE about it (see below). But also was a very cool project bag for socks, filled with 9″ circular sharp needles.
First of all, I loved the bag. It has a great strap that is attached at the zipper-top and slides across when I opened or closed it!
But I was a bit concerned with the multiple sets of 9″ circular sharp needles in sock-weight sizes.
I don’t knit socks on 9″ circulars. And sharp needles hurt my fingers when with knit with them. What should I do?Lie and rave about them anyway? Tell the truth and re-gift the needles to someone who will use them?
Changing My Mind
How about option 3! I spoke about this in the men’s fiber Zoom meeting assuming everyone else in the room also hated 9″ circulars for socks. Much to my surprise, three of the guys said the LOVED knitting socks in 9″ circulars. Two of them were currently knitting socks on them at that moment.
What?!?! Yes! They assured me it was a good way to knit socks.
I complained my fingers were too stubby and fat. They told me I’d get used to it.
But I push on the points of the needles while I’m knitting and they’re sharp. Again, I was told I’d adapt.
And furthermore, they told me I wouldn’t have to fix ladders, or fiddle with five double-pointed needles or two circulars (and don’t even talk to me about the satan’s anus technique).
Lo and behold, they were right. I am a complete convert. I used two of the 9″ circulars to cast-on (using the figure-8 method for toe-up socks).
As I adapted to the needles, my gauge was quite different than double-pointed needles. My gauge was too loose, so I inserted a smaller needle (2.5 mm) just above the toe and ripped back.
No ladders. And no fiddling with five double-pointed needles. No fiddling with two circular needles flopping about.
I have become a convert!
SO…the notions bag and contents will definitely be on my list of gifts for knitters. It can be purchased at their HiyaHiya Direct site.
I would LOVE to know if anyone else decides this is the way to knit socks (or if you’ve been doing it all along!).
In addition to the new sock, I made a lot of progress on the Shoal Cowl.
This is really a beautiful design by Martin Storey. While I typically don’t like knitting with cotton/denim yarn, this project has been a real joy to work.