Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Neighborhood Yarn Store

I belong to several on-line knitting groups & there's been a lot of discussion about the high price of sock yarn. Well, sock knitting on 2-Cirs is my latest endeavor & also one of my biggest challenges right now. I have the basic principle of how to knit on 2-Cirs, that wasn't too bad, but following a basic sock pattern seems to be my major downfall.

A couple of weeks ago, I purchased a kit for knitting socks on 2-Cirs. It came w/a book w/several patterns & 2 pairs of Size 1 Cirs & some very fine sock yarn in off-white. I tired & I tired, but I just kept messing up after completing the "pick up sts. for the gusset."

So, I paid a little visit to my neighborhood yarn store, maybe some different yarn, something w/color & maybe some bigger needles would help? Well, it couldn't hurt & I'm determined to get the hang of this sock knitting thing. Now, I've been in this neighborhood yarn store before, but their prices made me turn around & go right back out. This time, I had a different mind set.

I met some wonderful women who were very helpful & I saw lots & lots of beautiful sock yarn, many of it sold in hanks. but I wasn't eager to unwind another hank of yarn. Well, they unwind the yarn for you right in the store! I didn't buy any of that yarn, but I did settle on an Opal yarn in blue denim colors. And, I bought my first set of Addi Turbo needles- Size 2. Very nice. Very similar to Knit Pick Options, but I didn't find the tips as sharp, but I am very satisfied with my purchase. my needles & my yarn did cost a bit more than I wanted to spend, however, the personalized attention & the help that I received was well worth it. The ladies at my neighborhood store told me about their sock knitting class right in the store, but I really don't have the time to do this right now. The ladies told me to work on the sock up to the point where I run into trouble, then come & see them & they will be more than glad to help me. I think that I had made a good investment more ways than one!

Monday, March 19, 2007

Heel Turn-The Error of my ways....

It was really bugging me that I couldn't get this heel flap & heel turn thing figured out. C'mon now.....I know that some are able to do it with their eyes closed.

OK.....I had a little peace & quiet after dinner tonight & I got out some bigger straight needles & some spare yarn & I CO on the # of stitches required for working the heel turn of my pattern. And....I took things VERY slowly and then.........I had the aha moment! The particular pattern that I'm using has an "ssp", which I had never done before, but basically it's decreasing on the purl side of this pattern. I discovered the error of my ways! Leave it too me, I turned a decrease into an increase. Instead of decreasing, I had created a YO, which I though looked pretty good, after all it went with the lacy pattern of the sock. It was pretty. It was lacy, but I had way too many stitches. Now, I have to figure out how to rip out without ripping out too much.

Sunday, March 18, 2007

Sock Fiasco!

I thought that things were going too well with socks, esp.; since I'm a beginner. I was a little leery of the heel flap, but I got through that part OK. was time to do the heel turn. What a mess! I can't even explain where things went wrong, but let's just say that it no where near resembles a sock or anything like it.

I probably misunderstood the directions. It said to work back & forth on X number of stitches & let the "other stitches rest". I guess I missed the part where I was supposed to wake them up & put them back into action. Tomorrow is another day. I'll try & figure out how much I have to rip out & how much I can salvage.

I'm still trying to figure out the part where "knitting socks can become addicting."

My Fair Isle Hat (Selbu Modern)