Saturday, September 15, 2007

Ramblings on Knitting

Knitting has seemed to take on a whole new life of it’s own within my life. I’ve been knitting off & on since I was about 6 yrs. old. The first thing that I completed was a bib for my baby doll. No pattern, just a lot of knit & purls for the practice. I made a rectangular piece about 4” wide & 6” long. That’s about all that I had patience for at the time. I cast off this little piece knitting with its uneven sts. anxious for it to become something. My mom is the one who had taught me to knit & she lovingly took this little misfit thing & did about 6” of single crochet on 2 corners….and it turned into a bib for my baby dolls! My baby dolls were very messy, don’t you know? Especially, “Little Suzie” (Everly Brothers tune.) She was a very messy baby doll, esp.; when I put chocolate milk in her baby bottle & gave it to her. It took weeks for the sour milk smell to leave her hollow plastic body!

I’ve been able to spend a lot of time w/my mom lately who is now home after almost a yr. in a nursing home. When I visit, I want to do things for her. Take care of her, but this has a tendency to make her nervous, so she will ask me to sit…..and knit. So…we sit and we knit and all is right in the world. Sometimes, we talk & sometimes we don’t.

I’ve been looking & looking at the new Harmony Needles by Knit Picks Options.

I’ve discovered something recently… a kid, I was a new crayon junkie! Well, I discovered that new yarn & new needles gives me the same euphoria as a new box of crayons! I guess that I’ve out-grown my crayons. Now, I “color” w/yarn.

I wore the 2nd pair of socks that I had made & they fit like they were made for me! No problem with the heels this time.

Friday, September 14, 2007

Cool enough for socks!

I really don’t like Fall or Winter weather. I’ve always have been a Spring-Summer kind of person.

About the only good thing that I can say about Autumn & the cooler temperatures… it’s cool enough to wear the socks that I have been knitting! Well, yesterday, I wore the very first pair of socks that I had made. They are blue variegated by Opal yarn. I knew that these socks were a little big, but they were my first socks. This was the first time that they had been worn with shoes & I discovered that the heel is too big. The heel slips up & out of the back of my shoes.

Since making my first pair of socks, I have made 2 more pairs, but a bit smaller, so I will be testing them out w/my shoes.

Just to keep thing interesting…I’m trying to learn (self-experimentation) how to knit socks by means of the Magic Loop method instead of the 2-Cir method that I’ve been doing. Stay tuned for more adventures in sock knitting.

My Fair Isle Hat (Selbu Modern)