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  • Monday, January 09, 2006

    Subject: One finished project, One just started and One lone ankleless sock

    Yesterday, I mentioned the red eyelash scarf I finished on Saturday. Here it is in all it's glory.

    I also mentioned that I just started some slippers in Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock. I've actually just barely started one slipper, so here it is. Note the ball of yarn there. It's my very first time successfully unraveling a skein with no tangles at all. I love the way the different colours in this yarn show up in the ball, and of course, in the finished product.

    And, of course, the ankleless sock I made.

    Here you can see the issue with the ankle.

    But overall, I'm pretty proud of myself. The rest of the sock turned out alright.

    Sometime today, to add to trying to finish those slippers I started the other day, I want to get working on Chris' Linux illusion scarf!
    posted by Maytina @ 2:41 PM | 1 comments  

    Sunday, January 08, 2006

    Subject: Why I'm Inspired

    I casted on, for the first time ever, in April of 2004. My mother showed me how to cast on, knit, purl and seam up a slipper. I was instantly hooked. I loved the concept of taking a really long piece of string and two sticks and somehow making something useful! Imagine that!

    Everyday for about six month so far, I check on Purly Whites, The Yarn Harlot, Good to be Girl, and Knit and Tonic. They all inspire me to chart my progress as a knitter. I've been knitting for a little more than a year and a half, but in that time I haven't really pushed myself to learn new things.

    I've made many, many, many pairs of slippers, and I can honestly say that at this point, they look cute and hold up pretty well. These slippers are made as a flat piece, and you're casting on at the heel you'll seam up when you're done. The decreases at the toe leave you with just a few stitches left on the needle, and you pull the yarn through them and sew up the top of the foot. All that's involved is knit, purl and k2tog! And the sewing up of the slippers, of course.

    I've made a few scarves also. Most of them were fun yarns, done in a plain garter stitch or a whispy one made entirely of a knit2 purl2 rib. I recently finished one where I just did 6 rows of garter and 12 rows of stocking over and over and I love it. But it's not terribly educational. Same for hats. I've made loads of little baby hats and actually, I haven't finished a grown up hat yet.

    I've made one sock so far. I made it with help from the videos on Knitting Help. There is no way I would have made it through without those videos, thank you Amy!! Getting used to dpns is really odd. I love the concept of using four needles at once, though it's still awkward for me. My biggest concern was keeping everything tight, but not too tight, as I went from needle to needle. Turning the heel wasn't as hard as I thought it was going to be. If you can just get over having to leave stitches on the needle when you turn your work, you'll be fine. The physics of it still have clicked for me, but my heel looks pretty good. My problem with this sock is the ankle. You have to go back and pick up stitches for the ankle, and I really dropped the ball. The sock has a hole on each side in the ankle. I have yet to cast on for another sock, but I'd like to make a few more 'practice' socks before I move on to the really pretty sock yarns.

    Yesterday, I finished a cute red eyelash scarf and I casted on for slippers in Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock in Baltic Sea. Hopefully, tomorrow I cast on the Linux illusion scarf.
    posted by Maytina @ 7:34 PM | 0 comments