Sunday, June 17, 2007

One down, one to go....

I said that knitting socks was beginning to feel like running. I really want to do both but just haven't taken the plunge on either one. Well, that changed tonight. I cast on, and knit two rows of my first sock, using the two circular needle method. I have to tell you, I love it! I actually tried starting a sock a month or two ago with DPN's and wasn't enjoying it. I think it might have been because it felt like I was knitting with toothpicks since they are so thin and there is not much to them. The sock pattern I decided to try first, left a little bit to be desired too since it was all stockinette. This one that I am doing, is the one that is recommended as the first sock to attempt with this method in the book by Cat Bordhi (pictured underneath the knitting). This book was fairly inexpensive, around $10 at I suggest buying it if you have been wanting to try this method. I'll never turn back now.

I have 4 more skeins of sock yarn and about 40 sock patterns that I have downloaded on the web, mostly from This, I am sure, will be the first pair of many!

So, now tomorrow, I will overcome my hesitation for running. My plan is to go right after I wake up, so I can shower and get ready for the day after I have accomplished the goal. The trick is to not, undo the good of the run with some really unhealthy eating for the rest of the day, since we have my FIL's 60th birthday and Father's Day dinner right after.

Think good thoughts for me!


  1. Okay maybe there is something I am missing because I tried the 2 circular needles method and I thought it sucked *ss. I suspect it has something to do with the quality of the needles you are using as I used these 2 pairs of plastic Beehive needles (they must be ancient) from my garage sale stash and it made these HUGE ladders at the transition points from one needle to the next, no matter HOW snug I made sure I was knitting those stitches. Very frustrating!
    I am quite looking forward to hearing ALL about the run. Good for you!!!!

  2. must be the needles. In Cat's book she says that you need really good needles with very flexible cables like Addi Turbos. I bought an identical set of those in size 0, and I bought 1's and 2's in Knitpicks. That is what I used last night and they worked great! You should use at least 24" cables too, so that they dangle out of the way when they are resting and you are using the other set.

    Trust me! BUY the book! :)

  3. Thanks for the tips. I will see if I can find some good needles on eBay or something...
    I've been knitting all morning. This bag is going to take me forever! EEP!

  4. I soooo cannot wait for tomorrow so I can cast on for my first socks on two circs! (Summer of Socks) Congrats on the run. I sometimes miss being able to run (back surgery), but a brisk walk is similar... just not quite the same.