Sunday, September 30, 2007
Saturday, September 29, 2007
HELP!! I'm setting the sock aside before I start just RIPPING the whole thing to shreds instead of frog it. :)
Happy Knitting!! :)
EDIT!!!! I calmed down...did some research and picked the stitch up. This sock business has been a roller coaster but what's crazy is I'm still loving it!!
Sorry I'm crazy and thank you for the support.
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
Hope everyone is having a great day!! I'm off to work on the gusset and toe of my sock. :)
Monday, September 24, 2007
Not the greatest pictures because I messed up the settings on my camera. It's too late and I don't feel like fixing it now. :) Just wanted to show everyone that I turned the heel of my sock. I'm so excited. It was surprisingly easier than I though. I'm thinking this gusset part will be harder. I'll keep you posted. :)
Thursday, September 20, 2007
Well off to softball...I'll post a pic when I get further along with my first sock. :)
Monday, September 17, 2007
Thursday, September 13, 2007
Hi All! Thanks for the warm welcome when I posted the start of my first sock a few weeks ago! And sorry for ignoring the common question of what yarn I was knitting with for so long! It's been crazy busy and I kept forgetting to actually look at the ball band until recently.
Anyway...I finished sock #1!! I love it and it fits perfectly. I really like the colors and the pattern the yarn makes. Now...the yarn is Fortissima Socka mit Bambou in the colorway laub. That link gets you to a product page but frankly I haven't been able to track down a source to actually buy a skein of this yarn (I got it at my now LYS). This is a fingering weight yarn and is a wool/bamboo mix. I liked knitting with it but I don't have anything to compare it to. The pattern is simply a ribbed cuff with a stockinette body knit from the top down (I don't have the name of the pattern with me but I'll post more information once the second sock is done). I knitted with size 2 dpns. As I am new to the sock world, I don't have a clue what type of heel I did. It was a flap with a S1, P1 pattern on odd rows, S1, P across on even rows if that tells anyone anything :). I like the fit of the heel on my foot but again, I have nothing to compare it to at this point.
I hope to get the second sock done fairly quickly but we'll see. I'm going to try to not be one of those people who only does one sock of the pair...but wow, there are so many interesting patterns out there that it is tempting to cast on one of those first! Like look at that Monkey AllyB started! Such a great pattern and she's doing great on it! Tempting, tempting , tempting!
Wednesday, September 5, 2007
After some discussion with Jessica at City Knitting I decided to try another version with a size 1 and this yummy yarn. Here's what I've got so far...
2 repeats of the lace pattern - what do ya think?
It's difficult to get a good view of this pattern without a foot in it but with the dpn's it is difficult to try on, so a hand-held cuff will have to do for now.
I'm thinking that if I get this one done I won't feel so bad froggin the Opal sock. *sigh*
I picked up 2 skeins of this yarn at the Michigan Fiber Festival a couple weeks ago. The actual color is more pink than the picture shows but this gives you the general idea. It is by Gypsy Girl Creations and came from Stonebarn Fibers. The color is Ice Cream Sundae. It is fingering weight.
I'm going to try to get this knit up by the weekend...although it is salmon fishing season and we do have to prioritize a bit here, lol.
thank you for all your help. I'm excited to get started on my first sock.
Monday, September 3, 2007
Started a sock pattern I have been meaning to try. It is from the book "Kids Knitting". I thought I would try it as a break from my other sock. I finished that sock and I was not happy with the grafting of the toe. You can see it is a bit pointy. So in order to make me feel better I started a 'fun" sock were you add one extra Stitch after you finish the ribbing and it creates a spiral effect. Plus you just keep decreasing at the toe until only 6 stitched left and then to pull in the ends and sew it closed. Someone on my other blog said to try a three needle bind off I will try this technique on the other sock. The Kitchener Stitch I always mess up no matter how slowly or carefully I do it! I will start back on my other sock right after I finish my dishcloth for Fall into Autumn.
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
I attended a sock class last night (I know, I feel like I'm cheating!) and I present you the start of my first sock. It's a simple ribbed cuff, stockinette sock...I turn the heel next Tuesday (if I can find the time to knit to that point before then!).
Thanks for letting me in on the fun...I've enjoyed seeing all your first attempts!
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
Monkey made some progress on the way to the Tigers game in Detroit on Saturday and even grew a bit during the game. (much to The Saints dismay-"I can't believe you're gonna knit at the ball park!")
Ah, well, we had a good time, the Tigers lost but they played Friday's game until 3:30am Saturday...and made up for the loss when they mowed down the Yankees yesterday 16-0! Yay, Tigers!
Oh, um, anyway, on to the Monkey progress...here he is...ta da!
Just the toe to go, and another Monkey, but who's keepin track, huh?
Nice thing about this pattern is that there are so many holes in it a couple extra where they don't belong will never be noticed by a non-knitter. tee hee And I'm not walking around pointing them out to anyone either! lol
I really like the stitch pattern, what do you all think?
Isn't he pret-ty?
I made him with only 3 pattern repeats in the cuff so he would be shorter than the original. I like me some short socks!
Sock on everybody!
Monday, August 27, 2007
I was going to leave this in comments but it started to get a little long. If you are that unhappy then you should rip the sock out. I don't think it is you, I think the yarn is too soft. Sock yarn should have some gumption to it. Even if it is sold as sock yarn it looks to soft. Save it for a baby project. Try the Lion Brand sock yarn or a washable wool. Sock yarn needs to have a solid hand or it won't knit up correctly. Now for the hole at the top of the gusset: It is always a problem for every sock knitter. I do this simple fix: Pick up two extra stitches at the top of the gusset. You look for the horizontal thread between the first instep stitch and the heel flap stitch. Insert needle into the left half of the heel flap stitch and pick up 1 stitch; then pick up the right half of the first instep stitch from the row below the stitch on the needle. Both of these stitches are on the gusset needle. Do the same on the other side of gusset. These two extra stitches are worked together on the first gusset round. This sounds complicated but it is not. Follow the directions along as you are doing it. Sock knitting is a crap shoot. You have to start slow and work your way up to success. You can do it! Don't be discouraged. And if you find you still have a little hole at the gusset, well, no one said you couldn't sew it closed with invisible thread.
An after thought: to reinforce areas of sock that wear out quickly there are several tricks:
1. Use a reinforcement thread sold at yarn stores along with the sock yarn in the pertinent areas.
2. Go down one size smaller needle for that area of the sock.
3. Work a 3-stitch garter border in heel flap.
I hope this will help you. Hang in, I think you sock looks good!
And, can you see how the ribbing of the cuff wants to slop down over the rest of the sock? Not to mention the generous hole where the gusset starts. And you thought you had hole issues, Cass!
Sorry this one's upside down. I tried rotating it twice, but it wouldn't "save".And look at that heel!! It doesn't stretch out over the foot at all. Just sorta hangs there.
Friday, August 24, 2007
The first couple of times I started with a rib border for about 2 inches then SS until I got to the flap. The last couple of times I did straight ribbing and now am getting close to the heel. My yarn cn't take too many more froggings, getting a little fuzzy. It is beautiful yarn. I bought it on EBAY quite a while ago, a Seacoast brand, varigated 100% wool. Beautiful colors I think. mizmikey
Thursday, August 23, 2007
Monday, August 20, 2007
Lunch today was productive time. As you can see, maybe, I decided to make the cuff of the sock short. Hope to get the heel turned and the foot started before bedtime tonight.
Everybody have a great evening!
Saturday, August 18, 2007
Friday, August 17, 2007
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
It's hard not to notice that a sock really does take on some unfortunate silhouettes as it morphs it's way to completion. My son got home last night just as I finished my heel turn, and he gave me a rather strange look when he saw "what" I was making. Not to worry . . . I explained everything to him!!
Monday, August 13, 2007
Sunday, August 12, 2007
Saturday, August 11, 2007
Friday, August 10, 2007
but then I saw this:
No dropped stitches, no reason for that hole that I can find. :\ Waaaaaa!
I sincerely don't want to frog (again) so I'm going to consider it a design
Thursday, August 9, 2007
One thing I'm wondering about is the stitch definition. They seem so indistinct (I hesitate to say "sloppy" cause then I'll make me feel bad!!) Is it the yarn/needle size? Or could it be because I'm doing a 1x1 ribbing pattern? I'm not a tight knitter, but not floppy-loose either. The needles are size 1, and the yarn is Regia Bamboo. Any comments or suggestions??
Wednesday, August 8, 2007
On our weekend adventure, We stopped at Tall Tale Yarn Shop in Tofte, Minnesota. The owner recommended this sock yarn. It is called Panda Cotton and made by Crystal Palace yarns. It is 55% bamboo, 24% cotton and 21% elastic nylon. It is so soft feeling. I explained to her that I was a new sock knitter - she highly recommended buying a second pair of needles and casting on a second pair and knitting both socks alternately. I took her up on her suggestion and I would pass it on as a good suggestion. I like doing the second sock while the steps are fresh in my mind.
I am beginning to "turn" the heel and then on to the gusset....
Tuesday, August 7, 2007
Monday, August 6, 2007
Here's what I have so far
I agree that 5 DPNs is easier than 4... I'm only using 4 because my little brat of a bird chewed the 5th.
I'm hoping to get to the heel today! (YIKES!)
Sunday, August 5, 2007
I'm doing the Hiiuma Mismatched Mates socks from the Knitting on the Road book. However, I might make them some shorter, and I'm using a mulit-colored yarn and not doing the stripes.
My son started working at Starbuck's two weeks ago and wanted me to stop by, so knowing it was my motherly duty to do so, I put all my sock-knitting necessities into my new "pouch" and went, determined not to not return until I had several rows of sock to show for myself!
Needless to say, I was there a while, but once again I'm on my way, with three rows done to my satisfaction. This pattern uses five needles, and the one I tried previously used four. Is it my imagination, or is it easier to maneuver around a sock with five than it is with four? It sure seems that way to me, but you would think that it would be just the opposite. Maybe it's the "angles" of the needles.
Here we have the first few rows of the Monkey sock (if you click on the picture it should get bigger, if you want to see a bigger Monkey) not very impressive yet is it?
Now that I've spent the first two days of my husband's Canada fishing vacation reorganizing the office/sewing room maybe I can get some knitting done.
Hey, everybody! Have a great week. Here's hoping it rains for several days and doesn't get above 78 degrees...ha, ha, ha.
Saturday, August 4, 2007
So, I called around (meaning 2 places)! And BINGO! JoAnn Fabrics had them in a pack of four sets of dpn's. When I heard that I was thinking, "big bucks". Wrong-o! How about sizes 000, 00, 0, and 1--five of each for a mere $9.99. ($5.99 with my coupon!!) Now I don't want them because they're TOO cheap, and it has often come to my attention that you do get what you pay for.
Nevertheless, I loaded up my dogs and we went for a "car ride" -- two words you NEVER say at my house unless you plan on following through! Got me the needles, and now I'm feeling quite plucky, though still having doubts about what kind of needles you get for that price.
Now I'm ready to study my (finally) chosen pattern. I notice that it tells you to cast on 44 stitches, (with fingering weight) which seems off to me, since my recent and in depth study of socks tells me that's more for worsted weight, and fingering yarn calls for something more in the area of 60 to 70 stitches. OH SHOOT! Doubt has set in.
Back to pattern selection! I remember one that Alaina posted about early in the KAL, so I go back and look at it again. That's it!! That.Is.It!!! And guess what? It calls for size 2 needles. Whoduh thunk!
Now I'm ready! But wait---I need to learn a new way to cast on. The way I usually do it isn't recommended for socks. Not stretchy enough. I'm looking at all those yarny "how to" illustrations at about midnight with dry, burny eyes and decided: "No Way, Uh Uh, No Can Do. This will have to wait until tomorrow." Go ahead--here you can picture me sitting alone, under a bright light, surrounded by numerous books, patterns, skeins of yarn and knitting needles---looking defeated!
Well, tomorrow is now today, and once again I am filled with determination and optimism! Today I will learn a new way to cast on. Really, I will. The only fly in the ointment is that I do have one other committment: I must not only attend, but play the piano for a wedding. Not to mention some more practicing with unsure musicians before the actual event. That would be the same wedding that took up almost my entire day yesterday. I don't play for weddings (I prefer funerals; and no, I'm not joking), which means I've had to practice. And practice. And practice. Speaking of, I need to shut down, go inside, and practice some more. Later---SOCKS!!!
Friday, August 3, 2007
Monday, July 30, 2007
Friday, July 27, 2007
I just bought this little pouch a week ago, and that was the first time I'd seen one. It's made to be carried over the wrist so you can knit as you go: waiting room, public transportation, walking, and so on! Pretty nifty, really. That way, your yarn can't "get away" from you, especially when you're in a place with an "undesirable" floor. Yuck!
So guys, when should we start? What is your "cast on" date? Have you chosen a pattern yet? I still have to do that.