Monday, October 31, 2005

Looking Back

This week I'm knitting socks. I haven't knit a pair of socks since before I started this blog, so I thought I would show you a picture of the first pair I ever knitted.
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No, I don't have three feet. It just took three socks to get one decent pair. I had been knitting for a year and it was my first attempt at using double point needles. I bought a set of Boye aluminum double points and some yarn I found in the clearance bin. I wasn't sure I could figure it out, so I wasn't willing to spend much money on the project. I'm funny like that. The first attempt with double points was a disaster. I couldn't figure out how to handle all the needles and the yarn was very slippery on the aluminum. If you are a beginner with double points, please invest in a wooden or bamboo set, it's much easier to learn on. I set everything aside for a month, then tried it again. One of the hardest things was getting started. Finally, I figured out how to get everything joined in the round. And as you know, once you knit a few rounds the fabric holds the needles in place with no more flopping. I wish I had known about this site. It has excellent free video instruction for knitting a pair of socks. Anyway, things went smoother from that point on except for a dropped stitch or two, a few holes and a sock that ended up being too small. But, it looked like a sock and I was encouraged. So, I did it again, two more times and ended up with a decent pair for my "first" attempt. More later.

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  1. you're giving me hope... maybe someday when kids are bigger I *can* learn to knit! And if you went from three-sock pairs to the stuff you're doing now in two or three years, maybe I can even make a few things I'm not ashamed of... after the kids get bigger anyways. Thanks for the tips on needles too (no pun intended)

  2. I love that site - it's how I do kitchener every time. Put on the little demo video, and sit down and kitchener along with it. I just can't get the hang of it by myself!

  3. They are pretty socks! I still have my first pair too, a chunky pair made from Lion Brand wool ease. Not much good for socks, but they make fine slippers! I agree, when you first start out on double points you need wood or plastic, not slick aluminum.

  4. Love the three socks! Too funny. Thanks for the link...I haven't been to that site.

  5. I love that it took you 3 to get a decent pair. That's something that I would do! I'm sorry that I haven't been able to comment on your blog lately or return your email. I apologize. I've been crazy busy lately. Thanks for checking in on me. =0)


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