now that feels like an accomplishment

I gave my right pinky quite a blister last night with this – but I felt sooooo close and I just had to finish and show it to you! Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you the first half of my Second Socks.

I loooooove this sock. It was quite a significant leap in complexity from my first vanilla socks, but the pattern is very clear and well written. This definitely wasn’t your TV knit, but after a while I even memorised (without trying to!) the pattern for the lace pannel and was able to do the last few repeats while listening to an audio book.

I have to admit, when I first looked at the lace panel instructions, I kind of went “Hm?” and was not at all convinced that they would result in anything similar to the lovely photos. But it seemed to work for everyone else, so I gave Cookie the benefit of the doubt. And oh my. What a gorgeous decorative motif achieved in such an easy way! I love it and have already been thinking about how I could incorporate it in, say, a pullover.

I like the plain side of it quite a lot too. I think I’ll have to make a pair of plain socks in this yarn later, it’s so warm and wooly.

Luckily, it’s a leftover from a ripped sweater and not in best shape (despite the fact that I washed it and rewound it, it’s still looking quite wrinkly – which also explains why some of my stitches aren’t so neat), so I don’t mind using it for socks despite its whiteness. :)

Well, if I remember correctly I showed you the beginnings of this sock last Friday. That means – a week for one complex sock, in addition to working on several other projects at the same time. Not bad. Not bad at all! :)

Happy Friday! :)

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About fridica

I started knitting completely by accident, when I was visiting my parents for a holiday in 2008. On a boring Sunday afternoon, I decided to dig through their stash of books to see if there was anything interesting to take back to my apartment. A knitting manual happened to be one of the books I found. I got curious, my mom immediately dug out her old needles and yarn stash (which she hadn’t used in a decade at least), and in a few minutes we were both casting on - she by memory, I by following the instructions from the book… :) Since I normally prefer learning from books, this was ideal.. I took the book home with me, and very very soon - I was an addict.

22 thoughts on “now that feels like an accomplishment

  1. Bravo!!! Ovo je bas slozeno..meni se tako cini! Ali opet, ja sam pletla 3 para corape do sada i sve su bili jendostavne. ovo je pravo osvezenje

    • It took me quite a while to muster up the courage (if I remember correctly, I bought this book more than a year and a half ago) but I came around eventually! Perhaps you just need to give it time :)

  2. That sock looks SO GREAT in white! Who’d’ve thunk it. Amazing how a little lace can take a white sock from “eew, white sports socks” to “omggrabbyhands”

  3. Fabulous!! You did a beautiful job. I just received Cookie A.’s book as a gift last week and I think your post helped me finally settle on which pattern to make first. Thanks!

    • Yay! :) Looking forward to seeing your version! Let me know if you have trouble with anything in the pattern, now that I’m so experienced in it ;))

  4. Your Kai-Mei socks are so pretty. I have a half-done sock hibernating. I should really try it again — although I think I need to frog some of it first. It is an amazing pattern!

    • I really encourage you to do it! :) I can tell you that my second sock flew by super-fast, it’s just about getting into the flow… :)

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