I probably shouldn't be all boasty about these - as I first cast them on sometime in 2012 - but I can't help but be proud of myself!
Presenting my very first pair of me-made socks (ravelled here):
As part of my self-imposed "really must finish some stuff" mission, I picked these up again just as we headed into our (rather toasty) first summer in Sydney and finished them as summer hit it's height. It was 35 degrees here yesterday, so these babies are not getting a lot of wear yet!
I used the Purl Soho perfect fit socks pattern and some Sausalito (merino and nylon) yarn in Firebird from The Stash Cupboard in Hobart.
I have to say I really love this pattern. They are right that they are perfect fit - something which always worries me as I have size 11 (Euro 42) feet. Part of the perfect-ness of the fit is that you knit the foot part until it's 2 inches less than you want them to be in length, and then knit the toe, guaranteeing they will be long enough. If you were knitting them for a gift there is a recommended length per shoe size also. You could also knit more of the leg portion to make boot socks I think.
All up the pattern was easy to follow, even when doing the more complicated bits and when (clearly) stopping for long periods of time and then returning to the project! I did try quite hard to match the striping but did better at that on the leg part than on the feet. I am not sure this yarn would have that much predictability anyway.
So I am not sure if I caught the sock bug. People say knitting sock is addictive but for me it was somewhat of a slog, though the second sock took about a month where the first one took several years (!). I think I will try another pattern which uses chunkier yarn (because am totes lazy!) or perhaps one where you knit both socks at once on a circular needle. The most disheartening moment was finally finishing sock 1 and realising I had to start again :)
All up am very happy with them - I just need some winter so I can actually wear them!!!