Monday, May 21, 2007

my bucket's got a hole in it

So, the first sock: kind of a disaster!

Did I take time to check my gauge? No.
Was I too excited to knit Continental on tiny dpns? Yes.

Ach well. It's a learning experience, right?

I tried the sock on last night, bursting with pride, until I saw all the dropped stitches, my botched attempt at the Kitchener stitch, etc. Did I cry? Surprisingly, no! B and I decided it was a learning experience, and now I shall practice on the class sock from Sensational Knitted Socks.

Friday, May 18, 2007

sock it to me

This sock is taking me AGES to finish. Mind you, it's my first sock ever, and kind folks have told me this is normal. Tonight, I plan on focusing on my heel, with no distractions. Starting the heel 4 times would be embarrassing. I think it's inevitable, however. I tried knitting it during the library staff picnic today, but had to keep putting it on the picnic table whenever someone won a prize (which happened once every 30 seconds, really).

I happily mastered the Continental stitch, thanks to a video on the modern internets. I learned a slightly different way from my aunt, which wasn't conducive to purling.

Tuesday, May 08, 2007

woe is me

I feel like the way I originally learned how to knit has put me at quite a disservice when trying to knit on circulars or dbpns. I originally learned the "Jam it under your armpit method!" which was great for me to knit dishcloths, scarves, mittens, etc. But now I dream of knitting SOCKS, and after this past weekend's debacle involving US 2 needles ("OMG THESE NEEDLES ARE TINY!"), I feel I must relearn my method.

About 2 years ago, my aunt taught me the Continental Method, which was favored by my grandmother. It worked really well for the ZoSo scarf I was knitting on circulars, for a friend. Ahem.

Am I have such a hard time with practicing due to the fact that I have the long needles? Oh me, I'm so forlorn.

Hopefully, though, the books I'm picking up from the public library will bring me joy and motivation, especially the one on ESTONIAN KNITTING!

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