Monthly Archives: December 2008

The _______ from hell

I’ve had two of these projects so far.  There were the socks done with fingering weight yarn on dpns that I finally frogged. And then there was the Antlers  Scarf.

Antlers Scarf

Antlers Scarf

It’s from Son of Stitch ‘n Bitch. I’m not knocking the design or even the pattern. As you can see from the pic, it looks pretty damn cool.

I don’t know what I was thinking. First off it’s a scarf. Those always seem to take forever. I’ve been cranking out Christmas presents and I was already feeling a bit overwhelmed when I took this on.

Secondly, it wasn’t a relaxing pattern for me. Every knit row is cabled–which is what gives it this the awesome effect.

My experience with cables hitherto has been: you knit and purl for awhile. Every 8 or so rows, you cable. Wash, rinse, repeat. I like that. It looks complicated, but it’s really not. You get a lot of effect for your time and effort.

This pattern required me to pay attention and I don’t think I ever got a good rhythm going on it.  Also, I really have developed a dislike of cable needles. I’ve been using a dpn, but the ones I have are all on the long side. It gets awkward when you’re doing cabling all the time with only one or two stitches on the needle.

The fault lays with me entirely. I had different expectations of what the process would be like. I wasn’t prepared and it became something I loathed doing. My brother hinted heavily he wouldn’t mind one himself (I told him I’d buy him yarn and the needles and teach him to knit, but no way, no how would I be making another). I’ve gotten tons of compliments and I suspect the recipient is going to love this.  But I’ve come to hate it. The sense of relief when I did the bind off and then blocked the hell out of it to get the length was unbelievable.

My socks are a hit!

So I mailed off my first pair of socks to Scotland and my mate reported back to me on IRC as he opened the package, looked at them, put them on, etc. He was thrilled and they fit and I’m jazzed. As he promised, he sent me a pic of him in the socks. Here are my friend Billy’s feet in said socks:

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Resolutions for 2009

As the year rapidly speeds by, I’ve been thinking about setting myself some goals/resolutions for 2009.

1. Learn to knit socks with 2 circular needles

2. Complete a pair of fingering weight socks

3. Learn to do yarnovers

4. Learn colorwork

5. Entrelac

6. Make 1 sweater

7. Learn a provisional cast-on

8. De-stash. According to Ravelry, I have over 6800 yards of yarn in my stash. Very scared about that.

9. Learn to knit continental

10. Felt something

And then there were socks

Sock #1

Finally. I have knit not one, but two matching socks. Reader, I am a real knitter. As stupid as it is for me to put criteria on being a knitter, for me personally it has been the ability to create a pair of socks. Well, now I’ve done that. Granted these are worsted weight socks on size 5 needles, they are nonetheless actual wearable socks.

I did them using Magic Loop. Magic Loop is just a cool way of knitting small diameter objects with one very long circular needle. The traditional way to do a sock involves dpns (double pointed needles), which are poky, pesky, and disposed to disappearing into the crevasses of the sofa, heating ducts, the car, etc. My orphan sock was done on these. Although it looks okay, upon closer examination, the toe is totally hopeless. It is also pretty ugly. I have not the heart or the inclination to give it a mate.

These babies, however, I’m pretty happy with. Socks #1 and #2 respectivelyI bought the yarn awhile back at a chain store. Yes, I knit with chain store yarn on occasion. Sue me. They’re all wool and I liked the color and the price.

I doubt anyone could wear these under shoes, but they’re really not designed for that. Instead these are meant to be worn around the house or to bed. Luckily their future owner wanted them for that purpose. He has promised me a picture of his feet in said socks which I will post here as soon as I’ve received it.

I can’t tell you how jazzed I am to have completed two socks. This has been one of my desires and goals for a long time.

What’s even better–I did these all by myself.  I even managed to pick up the stitches properly. I turned the heel and I managed the kitchener stitch.

So there you have it. Today, I became a bonafide knitter. It’s a good day.