I am so very glad I found you-all!!!

I knew I was not the only guy who knits, I just didnt realize there were so many of us. I have been an off and on knitter since I was 15----In my 30's I learned to spin and enjoyed knitting my own yarn. For some years I did not spin, knit, crochet or make much. Then I quit smoking and started to knit socks in place of puffing. I really like/love making socks and I am SO glad that there are a bunch of US out there knitting. I am very computer ignorant and hope I am doing this right. I am in awe and adoration of MWK and am glad to have finally joined.


michaelpthompson's picture

That's way cool Rex. Are you

That's way cool Rex. Are you a member of S.P.E.W.? Just wondering from the Dobby reference in your screen name.

BTW, here's a photo of my cast on for my first pair of socks. Size 3 bamboo dpns with Lion Brand Fisherman's Wool yarn. We'll see how they turn out.

"All knitting is just one stitch at a time."

Welcome Rex! Like Mark

Welcome Rex! Like Mark (ihiker), I am about to embark into the wonderful world of sock knitting. Another member gave me the kick I needed, and now it is all about the yarn and pattern(s). Decisions, decisions!


CLABBERS's picture

Hi Rex, I'm relatively new

Hi Rex,
I'm relatively new as well and have found a great deal of support, humor, sharing, and great tips. One of my goals is to begin knitting socks, but I can't quite get the hang of things yet. Any suggestions? I'd love to hear how you do it.



I learned to knit socks from

I learned to knit socks from Elizabeth Zimmermans book, KNITTING WITHOUT TEARS. It is a general type of pattern and leaves you all kinds of room for variation and elaboration. Most people I know only knit the ribbing part for about 1 or 2 inches----I rib all the way down to where you start the heel flap----makes for a trim fit and a sock that seems to stay up all day. After i do the heel flap and turn the heel, I continue ribbing on the top half of the sock and do stockinette stitches for the bottom half---this seems to form to the shape of your feet very well. then do the toe in any fashion that suits.==EZ's basic sock! Experiment a lot and pick out the heel and toe method that you like best----Lots and lots of info on the internet---You can google just about anything and get a BUNCH of info, then consult with MenWhoKnit for even more input. Knit Happy!!!

Let me know when you start

Let me know when you start your socks Mark. We can struggle through at the same time.


Bill's picture

I highly recommend the Ann

I highly recommend the Ann Norling sock pattern...it's a printed pattern available from most yarn shops...and includes several different yarn sizes.VERY clearly written and good basic sock pattern. It's top down.

Mr. Bill! Man, what do you

Mr. Bill! Man, what do you NOT know? Once again a rescue of sorts. Since you highly recommend Ann Norling, then that is good enough for me. Thank you so much.


Bill's picture

This is the pattern I used

This is the pattern I used to teach Tom...and he sailed along beautifully!

Well, thank you again for

Well, thank you again for suggesting it.


Joe-in Wyoming's picture

Welcome, Rex. We are a

Welcome, Rex. We are a friendly bunch and always glad to have new people join. I like keeping count of the member numbers; when I joined there were about 2000 - 2500. Now, we have over 4000...yippee. Think of all the resources to tap into. -- Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

Kerry's picture

Rex, welcome to MWK, a bunch

Rex, welcome to MWK, a bunch of friendly, informative and amusing guys.