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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5 comments:

  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)

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  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!

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  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.

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

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  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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~Tracy