I started a practice sock a while ago, based off a nice tutorial by Kristin. It was immensely helpful and best of all, had instructions for worsted weight so I could start off with bigger yarn and bigger needles.
So many knitters have this sock fixation thing, and I think it's kind of like cilantro. Either you love it or hate it. I don't come across too many people who are just lukewarm on cilantro. It's one of those herbs that seems to inspire great dislike or great affection. Just so with the sock knitting, apparently.
Since I was worried that I might fall into the "I hate it" category, I didn't want to waste a lot of time and money on the experiment. With the Patons merino worsted from the stash and size 6 dpns I already had, I cast on and got this:
I sailed through the cuff, I liked the 3x1 ribbing and then I had to frog and re-knit the gusset/heel thing only 3 times (that's not too bad, right?) I mean, it's not because I couldn't knit it, but it's because I was so sleep-deprived, I kept losing count of what row I was on.
When I turned the heel, I had this:
and there is sat for awhile until I had more time to work on the foot. The foot went fast and then I had to shape the toe. Thanks to the great instructions, the whole sock was going very well but then it was time to kitchener the toe. Ok, I couldn't do it. I tried it four times and I kept screwing up. Eventually I just sort of WTF'ed it a little to finish. A sad ending to a beautiful journey. However, I put the sock on and it fits perfectly:
I plan to do a sport weight sock next. If I would change one thing (other than figuring out the dern toe), I would not do ribbing on the heel as the tutorial instructs as it is too bulky for actual shoes. It's fine for house loungewear though.
My next sock is probably going to the TechGuy Socks by Alison Hansel.
While I think there may be some trademark issues with the logo usage, I think the socks are so appropo for Silicon Valley so I must make them.