Friday, January 18, 2008

You're never too old to break some rules.

"Just because you can, doesn't mean you should."

This is an excellent piece of advice which often in my life I have considered and then ignored. Only I used to ignore it in regards to boys in berets and drinks that glow in the dark. Now I'm ignoring it to crochet socks.

Let's have a moment of silence for my misspent youth. Man, it was fun!

Truth be told, I may have gotten married and developed a bum knee, but right now the thing that's making me feel the oldest is that I was supposed to be out tonight swilling margaritas and instead I stayed home to crochet.

So yeah. Back to the crocheted socks before someone starts screaming at me for claiming to be old.

I've actually agreed with a few knitters that knit is better than crochet for some things and socks are one of them, but I should make a least a token effort to keep a new year's resolution. Plus lately a whole bunch of hookers over at the Crochet Liberation Front and other assorted crochet spots have been talking about crocheting socks all of a sudden, so I can always blame the peer pressure.

Truth is, I have no idea if these crocheted socks will even be wearable. But I have to try. I have the Looks Knit, Great Fit crocheted sock pattern from Laurie Wheeler (also known as the Fearless Leader and Big Cheese of the CLF) and some very pretty Alpaca Sox yarn (I needed one more skein to bump my order up to free shipping).

I'm not at all confident this will work, but I have nothing to lose. All together now: It's just yarn!

And if nothing else, working with that C hook is going to be good practice for when I get around to keeping the new year's resolution about lace. Wow, that hook is small.


Michelle said...

You'll be fine! Knitted socks are probably more ideally suited for wearing in shoes, but there is nothing quite like holding a crocheted sock in your hand and putting it on your foot!
Just a word of advice - make sure your gauge is spot on, and don't be scared to go up in hook size. I've just finished one of a pair from the Janet Rehfeldt book - she specified 3.5 mm but I did the sock in 4.5 mm! Crazy!

Crochet Liberation Front said...

Eh, you'll be fine! It's not like you don't know where to find me if you have questions :)

And just make sure your stitches are even, and it meets the measurements on the patten.

HINT not in pattern (I don't think)I make a cuff and bind off before joining to work the ankle. Then I make the next cuff...Easier to make sure the lengths match up while they are both still flat :)

You'll do it:) You're talented.

AND these socks are awesome to wear in shoes :)

Laurie ;)

Gotta Knit! said...

"Just because you can, doesn't mean you should."

Ah, but it is so much fun when you do!

WTF! "swilling margaritas"
isn't that a Gypsy 'ho thing?

Kim said...

HA! I knew we'd suck you into the scary rabbit hole of sock knitting. You're going to need more storage space.