As an avid knitter I often find it very difficult to refrain from buying more yarn to add to my stash. My biggest weaknesses is sock yarn as it comes in so many fantastic colours! When I first got into knitting, tackling a sock pattern was incredibly daunting to my inexperienced hands and I think this is true for a lot of beginners. Reading through a sock pattern for the first time was like trying to learn a language that I only partially understood. After gaining some experience with scarves, dishcloths, hats and etc, I decided that it was time to finally raid my stash and try my hand at making socks. I looked around for patterns and settled on one from Lion Brand that is a simple Basic sock. So I cast on to my double point needles from knitpicks.com (DPN’S) and got to work. The ribbing and body of the sock was easy enough, but when I got to the heel flap the pattern made no sense to me at all but I figured the pattern has worked out so far so I’ll just follow what it says to do. To my amazement and relief, it all worked perfectly and I absolutely fell in love with knitting socks. I’ve made enough now that I no longer need to use a pattern and have even created my own variations of the basic sock pattern to add more detail. It’s also a great project to throw in your purse/bag to work on when waiting for an appointment, as a stress buster on your lunch break or whenever you have time to spare. I’m often working on a pair for my father in law who loves the bright and somtimes neon coloured socks I make for him. For him, the brighter the better so I’m always on the lookout for flashy yarn. The best advice I can give if you want to learn how to knit socks is start with a good pattern (I highly recommend the pattern linked above for your first try) and trust the instructions no matter how convoluted it seems, I promise it will work out. Below, are some of my current WIP’s and completed project. The colour for the socks is called Sunset Stripes and I added some 4 stitch wide cables which unfortunately aren’t that visible in the picture but when they are finished and blocked I’ll take a better one to show the detail. The reversible llama scarf is a pattern I created and was knit with Knit Picks Stroll Hand Painted yarn in Koi Pond and Patons Kroy in Navy which seems to have been discontinued but can easily be substituted. I will post the charts and pattern when I finish writing it out. Lastly are a few toe rings I created. Until next time Carpe Filum!!