Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Sleep Learning

I've been thinking a lot about sock knitting. My sister has jumped into it and has been very surprised by how well she's doing. I have always thought that I wanted to knit socks but I always think they are out of my league. I consider myself a good knitter but a sock knitter, no way!

I printed off a couple of free patterns from Ravelry including Blackrose. I was going to try to do it with dpn's as I was convinced I couldn't do any other method. Then the process stopped. Why, because it was written for magic loop. I had only done magic loop once awhile back and I wasn't sure that I could do a sock like that, I just couldn't picture it. I had done sleeves with that method and it worked quite well. I had a copy of Hedera printed out, which was her second pair but she assured me I should start with the Blackrose. Her gentle prod, "You've done magic loop before" - sat with me that day.

That night I had a very clear dream. I was dreaming of doing the magic loop technique on a sock. I saw myself casting on, dividing the stitches in half -working the cuff and then the heel. It was so clear to me, I knew exactly how it would work. It seems very doable now! I didn't get past that as I am familiar with the kitchener stitch already. What a gift to have this come to me in the form of a dream. I love when I get a dream like this.

So today I went to Knit Picks and I ordered the two sizes of circular needles that should work for the socks in the Harmony style as I like to have a bit more control with fingering weight yarn. And, to keep my inspiration up I ordered a skein of Stroll Tonal in Gypsy. The new line of sock yarns look so scrumptious! I've always wanted red socks. I'm beginning to think red is my favorite colour!


  1. can;t wait to see, maybe it will inspire me

  2. Sometimes all you need is a good nap to figure it all out.

    It worked for me when I was first learning to knit with dpns. The instructions said to cast on to three needles. Then I tried knitting that way. It got tighter and tighter. I went in for a nap and it hit me --- the fourth needle wasn't a spare ... it was the WORKING needle. DUH!!!!