Just keep going

Step one to getting a project done is your decision you want to do it. Step two is the preparation and planning, step three is to start doing it, and step four is to commit to doing it to the end. Even if it’s sometimes ugly, or doesn’t meet your expectations, completing this final step is very fulfilling. It will show yourself that you can get things done, you are capable, and you can solve challenges along the way. Step four is where I sometimes put things aside but I was determined to have my own pair of knitted socks this month, so I just kept going.

Through the use of these five crazy double pointed knitting needles (huh?), to casting on long tail stitches (what!), and something called ‘kitchener stitch’, I kept going (thank you amazing people who generously share their knowledge). Through unravelling some of my knitting and then painstakingly placing the 64 tiny stitches back on four needles (oh crochet with your one loop), I kept going. When I really wanted to stop as I realised my ‘two row repeat’ had morphed into a ‘one row repeat’ for several rows and I hadn’t noticed, I kept going. I decided to replicate my mistake on sock two to ensure they would be the same imperfect socks, and decided finishing was more important than perfection.

Image depicts ball of wool and five knitting needles.

Honestly, at the completion of my socks I think I actually glowed for a while. I had accomplished something. I did it. I learnt lots of new things and got to the end. They are not perfect but things don’t have to be perfect to be useful, and well, they are unique which is what you want with hand made items. Plus now I know I can do it.

Have you finished a project lately? Share with us in the comments.

Image depicts feet with knitted socks on wooden deck

Don’t worry about the challenges. Get excited about the rewards of crushing them.

Hiral Nagda

The project details

75% super wash wool, 25% nylon yarn, ply not mentioned but is for ‘socks’ and 2.75mm needles, meterage per ball 400m, Fiddlesticks brand, cream, charcoal, navy and light orange flecks (colour 80367066).

Needles: Knitpro Karbonz 2.75mm 5 double pointed needles used.

Cast on 64 stitches for the ‘medium’ size socks.

References

Pattern video

Casting on video

Online quotes

18 thoughts on “Just keep going

      1. Well I had a friend who found that the small circular needles didn’t suit her hands but I love them as there is only two points to lose stitches and most of the time you can just knit round and round mindlessly. The toe up method I use means a disposable cast on though there are other methods. I find the Kitchener method very tricky though I did find a way of doing it eventually. I use a shortrow method for toes and heels and though I like it, I have had times when I messed up and had undo and start again. There are so many variations in knitting socks. If you have time it might be worth doing some research and experimenting.

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  1. I hope you wear those socks all the time. I would after all that!
    I did recently decide to do the same-finish something that I committed to. There was much hemming and hawing and asking everyone I knew if they knew someone with the skills and finally tears because I didn’t want to do it myself. I wanted a website without a premium cost. Eventually, I buckled down and watched videos and did research and am know very proud of my project a month later. I even volunteered to make one for my husband when he’s ready. Will you be making more socks or are you staying with one pair?

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    1. Yay about the website 🎉 Good on you for doing it yourself 🙌
      ha ha, yes I have been wearing the socks, just started a second pair, I’ll see how I go 🤞😉

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  2. LOL I love this and definitely completion is more important than perfection, and they look great. Me too, I always feel so great when I complete a project. Congratulations!!! xoxo

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