Sunday, April 6, 2008

Crazy Toes and Heels

Crazy Toes & Heels ...
is driving me bonkers!! 

My copy came a couple of weeks ago & I took the book apart & put the pages in see thru plastic sleeves in a bright orange binder. This makes it easy to flip pages & make copies of pages I need to use all in a row, such as learning the Aloha Cast On.

I do like books more if I can follow step by continuous step instead of being given choices to make & read so much that I have to find exactly which information I really need to use. I just want to knit socks not read.

At this point I have just completed the toe increases & I am ready to begin some just knitting rounds for a few inches. I have to find out how long to knit before gusset increases. Another search!

But my toe up socks are interesting. I am doing 2 socks on 2 circs & look forward to completing them. I just can't knit fast enough to do all the things I would like to get done.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

No mistakes?

Is it possible to make a sock & not have any mistakes?
Someday I hope to prove that true.

What I have learned....

Thank goodness for computers & the internet!

I have been overwhelmed the more I look at yarn shops online & read the knitting digest I've just joined yesterday. Not only are there a lot of yarn stores online, but many sock yarn producers with a myriad of sock yarns to choose from.

Not only is there more than one way to cast on, do heels, & toes. 

I have so much to learn.

I seem to think I should be keeping some sort of notebook or scrapbook with yarn samples in & comments on mistakes I have made.

I can't wait to make a sock with having made no mistakes.

The best or most useful tip I just came across is to use a life line to mark the beginning & end of patterns no matter how simple it seems.

Now I have to go out & shovel snow from our 'worst' storm yesterday. This will give me some time to think about what I have learned.

Right now I'm doing my fourth pair for my husband. I have 2 sets of Bryson needles, 2.75mm, and I am doing both socks at the same time. A bit on this one, a bit on that one. I am ready to start the heel flap(s) now...after I'm done shoveling.

One of my problems is not having smaller needles. I seem to like having two sets the same size. So I have bid on Ebay & am waiting to see if I have won a couple sets of 5" bamboo needles that include 2mm & 2.5mm sets. I want to knit socks that are denser.

Have to get to the!!

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Opening Post

Welcome to my blog!!
There are at this moment in time 4 things I love to do in my spare time. 
Sock Knitting
Sewing Clothes
Cooking & Baking

Since we are in the midst of a not so nice winter this year, I went into a local yarn store during the Christmas holidays in Dec. 2007. I came across some knitted sock samples while I was looking for yarn to knit a scarf for the new winter coat I had just completed.

I was totally taken in by the ones I saw there. They were all made from self patterning yarn & I just loved them. So I got some 2.75mm needles, a set of 5, some beautiful sock yarns, & headed home to start. We were just in the start stages of a winter snow storm & my timing at the store & arrival home was perfect for the onset of the storm & my new project.

I got started on my scarf first, then left that & started on the socks, selecting to make a pair for my husband first.
They turned out just wonderful & I have since gone on to make more. I am ready to start on my 4th pair this afternoon, if I have time before I leave for work.

I will post some pictures & will have some comments on my sock journey in my next post.