Hi- I'm Erin and I have 2 little guys. I'm usually hanging out on their birth boards, but I keep lurking over here, so thought I should introduce myself.
I've been reading a ton from the library and I've been knitting nothing in particular- just rows to practice each kind of stitch. One question- would it be absolutely foolish of me to start with socks? I've done the whole scarf-type thing, and I don't want to do anything huge like an afghan because I know that will discourage me after awhile. Is a pair of socks a reasonable project or am I setting myself up for failure here?
Welcome! I started small... washcloths, scarves, and hats. I haven't felt comfortable branching out to bigger stuff yet. I've started work on a blanket for one of my boys, but I'm doing it in 11x9" blocks so still nothing too big. :) I've never made socks, so I can't say how easy or difficult they may be, but I say go for it! Worst case scenario, you have to take it apart and recycle the yarn. Best case, you have a new pair of socks you made yourself!
Have you practiced some more advanced types of stitches? If so, when you try something new do you feel like it comes easy, or can be figured out with a few tries? If you feel confident in your ability to follow a pattern and figure out a new stitch I'd say go for it...the worst that could happen is you would have to frog your work.
Socks are one of the mor complicated projects...turning heels, seeming up the toe if you do top down. But I've done a couple and if you have good clear instructions, its really not that bad.
One thing you might want to try intsead is a Christmas stocking. Its done on bigger needles with bigger yarn and not quite as awful to botch up a little since you dont' wear it...but its essentially the same as doing a sock. Then if you think that goes well you could go for the real deal....or you could just do a real set of socks from the get go :)
Have you already done knitting in the round on dpns? If not, that can take some getting used to. I would recommend a hat knit in the round if you want to give that a whirl. A little hat can be done in a weekend or even a day and a good intro to dpns.
It really all depends on how brave you are or confident you feel about your abilities. :)
Tell us what you decide to do!
Welcome! I haven't made socks yet, besides a few pairs of newborn booties with a very simple pattern. I've made a ton of hats on circular needles (and then finished them up using dpn's in the round). A hat is a very simple next step project.
Thanks for the suggestions! I'm going to go with a hat first to get used to the whole dpn thing. I'm actually going to get started here in a little bit now that the boys are down for naps.
I'm not afraid to try anything to be honest- you learn from every little mistake and you try not to do it again, you know? Learning to sew clothing has been quite a ride with lots of mistakes (and unwearable items), but I know a lot better now about what NOT to do, and I buy really cheap fabric for the things I'm learning on. :)
I agree about hats. Hats are MUCH easier than socks. I'm knitting my first pair of socks right now and the turning of the heel was moderately challenging.