Sometimes I'm knitty

I decided this fall that I wanted to do something knitty. Slight problem in that I had no yarn. So I bought yarn...then I bought more yarn. Buying yarn is shockingly fun. ;)

But then I decided I wanted to knit socks. Everyone raves about sock knitting so I decided I needed to get in on this action. But what socks was I going to knit? They had to be easy...

Enter the Yarn Harlot's basic sock recipe from Knitting Rules.

In knitting rules you get Stephanie's basic recipes for knitting socks, hats and learn (if you don't know it already) the curse of the boyfriend sweater.

But the socks...the instructions are easy enough assuming you read them properly and don't get distracted by shiny objects. Not that I did that...much.

Ok...so maybe I knit 14 rows instead of repeating 2 rows 14 times.

And maybe at one point I knit the same row over and over again instead of rotating it with the second row.

And maybe you could say me and the frog because friends during the sock. But in the end I got a sock. Of course it's too big and the heel is too short but I can't blame any of that on the Yarn Harlot. That's all me. But you know what? I KNIT A SOCK. And that's pretty cool.

Knitting Rules isn't intended as a beginners how to guide. You *will* need to reference other books, blogs or youtube for some of the techniques in there. But one thing this book does that many do not is it encourages you to PLAY with the knitting. It encourages you to take a few chances. Which, to be honest, is kind of liberating.

Midway through though I was feeling...uninspired. Usually knitting blogs do it for me but it was the holiday season and people were busy...knitting frantically trying to finish knitted things so they could gift them. So I to the bookstore I went and left with another Yarn Harlot book - Stephanie Pearl-McPhee Casts Off: The Yarn Harlot's guide to the Land of Knitting.

It's like a travel guide to the land of knitting. It's amusing. Even if you are a new knitter (which I consider myself to be although I've been doing it off and on for about 5 years...) you will recognized all the knitting types and many of the other items in the book.

The only thing I didn't like is that some of the letters in the book (written by knitters of course) were on a darkish background with a sort of narrow font. I found them a bit hard to read.