Favorite Thing Friday: Sock Loom Love

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A year ago this week, I bought a sock loom and learned how to knit socks. I made almost twenty pairs of socks (some for me and the rest for other people), before I graduated to traditional needles. Once I discovered how much fun it was to make hats, scarves, and sweaters, my poor sock loom was abandoned  and left alone in the knitting toolbox.

As fate would have it, a friend of mine has a birthday coming up and she’s the only one who didn’t get a pair of socks for Christmas (that’s what she gets for not telling me her shoe size!). On the one year anniversary (the exact date!) of purchasing my sock loom, I pulled it out again and started knitting. I’ll bet it was happy to take the spotlight away from my stash of knitting needles!

It’s been more than six months since I made a pair of socks, so I had to go back and re-learn a few things. Turning the heel is tricky, but thankfully I took really detailed notes in my knitting journal. Within minutes I remembered everything and got stitching!

Three days later, I had a beautiful pair of socks for my friend. I’m actually a little bummed I can’t keep these socks for myself!

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Aren’t they pretty??

Even though the birthday socks are finished, I can’t bring myself to put away my sock loom just yet. I decided I’m going to make a couple of new pairs of socks for myself, (the first since last August). I dug through my yarn stash and found I still had some great sock yarn! To make it even more interesting, I’m challenging myself to make socks that have a different color for the toe and heel.

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The beginning of two-toned socks. The green will make the cuff, toe, and heel, while the multi-colored skein will make the foot and leg.

So far, I have one sock of the pair completed. It looks pretty good, don’t you think?

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Fresh off the sock loom!

No matter what knitting projects I undertake in the future, making socks on my sock loom will always be my favorite mode of knitting!

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What’s your favorite thing this week?

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c.b.w. 2013