Before I learned to sew, I was a knitter. When I was in graduate school, my mother’s friends taught me to knit. They met every Tuesday night for “Stitch and B*tch”. Working full time and going to school full time, I was looking for a stress relieving and portable craft for mental health breaks. These were the days before Ravelry so I picked up patterns at my local yarn store and made scarves, ponchos, hats and more. But one project that always intimidated me was socks. The small size and double pointed needles along with the different construction methods made the carefreeness of knitting sound daunting. After being gifted two pairs of handknit socks, I fell in love with their construction and knew it was time to explore sock knitting. One very long afternoon and a successful heel turn and I was addicted!
One of my dear friends was celebrating a birthday and I wanted to find her the perfect gift. Since my first pair of socks were from Mara Catherine Bryner aka Orange Knits (the Rose City Rollers), I decided to try her new pattern, the Aine socks. Armed with a fantastic new skein of Knit Picks Felici yarn and a pair of Karbonz size 1 double pointed needles, I was ready to go!
Thankfully my friend has about the same shoe size as me so I used my foot as a model. Luckily, she loved them and I’ve already got three more planned… after I finish a cardigan.