I did it! I finally bit the bullet and casted on my first sock this week and I must say I thoroughly enjoyed this project. I chose a beginner sock pattern from verypink.com and some wonderful cascade yarn from my LYS that matched a sweater that I just got a couple of weeks ago. I sailed through the 2 x 2 ribbing cuff and through the heel flap, but had to frog the flap when I realized that I had picked up my work on the wrong side. But, with such short rows it was no big deal and I had it reworked in no time. I whined a little bit about having to put the stitches back on the needles, but I stuck with it and made it through with minimal dropped stitches. I am going to heed Cheryl's advice about lifelifes too. Turning a heel was neat to learn too and I've decided that even though short rows went against the grain for me, the finished product was really cool! It looked like I had a little crooked finger hanging out! LOL! The gusset really intimidated me because I had never picked up stitches before, but I remembered Peggy telling us in the BSJ Kal that when you slip the first stitch of the row, it makes picking up stitches easier because the the pink V's were nice and big, and kind of screaming out, "Pick me, Pick me!". Once I got started knitting on the foot part, time just flew by and before I knew it, it was time to shape the toe! Now, after being laid off for a year and not having to wear heels everyday my feet have grown accustomed to my beloved Crocs, so I was crossing my fingers that my feet would fit in the sock pattern. Thank goodness, the yarn was very forgiving and all was well. I was very surprised at how quickly I caught on to the kitchener stitch. I was nervous because I've yet to hear anything pleasant about it, but after tackling every other part successfully, I put my big girl panties on and just did it! I was just thrilled with how it turned out. I've already casted on for sock 2 and am halfway through the cuff and here's the kicker of the whole thing..............................I'm knitting with DPN's!!!!!
I'm growing as a newbie and once I get a couple of more pairs under my belt, I'm going to get the Fancy Feet kit. My DH doesn't know it yet, but he's getting me this for Valentine's Day ;)
To all of you, who encourage me and give me a kick in the butt when I need it, Thank you! You guys are the reason I don't give up and stick around this place!