I belong to several on-line knitting groups & there's been a lot of discussion about the high price of sock yarn. Well, sock knitting on 2-Cirs is my latest endeavor & also one of my biggest challenges right now. I have the basic principle of how to knit on 2-Cirs, that wasn't too bad, but following a basic sock pattern seems to be my major downfall.
A couple of weeks ago, I purchased a kit for knitting socks on 2-Cirs. It came w/a book w/several patterns & 2 pairs of Size 1 Cirs & some very fine sock yarn in off-white. I tired & I tired, but I just kept messing up after completing the "pick up sts. for the gusset."
So, I paid a little visit to my neighborhood yarn store, maybe some different yarn, something w/color & maybe some bigger needles would help? Well, it couldn't hurt & I'm determined to get the hang of this sock knitting thing. Now, I've been in this neighborhood yarn store before, but their prices made me turn around & go right back out. This time, I had a different mind set.
I met some wonderful women who were very helpful & I saw lots & lots of beautiful sock yarn, many of it sold in hanks. but I wasn't eager to unwind another hank of yarn. Well, they unwind the yarn for you right in the store! I didn't buy any of that yarn, but I did settle on an Opal yarn in blue denim colors. And, I bought my first set of Addi Turbo needles- Size 2. Very nice. Very similar to Knit Pick Options, but I didn't find the tips as sharp, but I am very satisfied with my purchase. OK....so my needles & my yarn did cost a bit more than I wanted to spend, however, the personalized attention & the help that I received was well worth it. The ladies at my neighborhood store told me about their sock knitting class right in the store, but I really don't have the time to do this right now. The ladies told me to work on the sock up to the point where I run into trouble, then come & see them & they will be more than glad to help me. I think that I had made a good investment today....in more ways than one!