Saturday, April 19, 2008

Toe -Up Socks

I'm still on a sock-knitting adventure. Maybe it's because

they're so versatile. Socks can be done on DPN's, 2-Cirs, the

Magic-Loop, and they can be knitted from the cuff down or

from the toe-up. There's so many yarns from which to

choose from, even yarns that that do the fair-isle thing all by

itself. How cool is that?


My first socks were baby socks done on metal DPN's. I

hated it, because DPN's & I don't play nicely together, but I

did want to learn to knit socks. So, my first pair of socks for

myself were done on 2-Cirs. I used Cat Bordhi's book,

Socks Soar on Two Circular Needles
but I had to have a lot help from my blogging friends.

This was just the just the beginning. Since then, I've been

exploring knitting socks on the the Magic Loop and I have

been diligently trying to figure out how to do socks from the

toe up. I've been working on this for weeks. The

problem? I just can't seem to get the hang of the

"Provisional Cast-On". It was enough to make think that I

was never going to knit toe-up socks!

I was born determined! I tried & I tried & I practiced & I

practiced toe-up socks. I tried all sorts cast-on methods and

I finally got the hang of the Turkish Cast-On:

and I use the a

Knit Pick Needle for the cable to hold my "live sts."

But, my toe-up sock experience didn't stop here. I

discovered that I just didn't like the general appearance of

the way the toes looked with all the increases involved in

achieving the toe. My problem was, I knew how I wanted

my toe to look, but I didn't know how to get there.

THEN.....with the help of my of my
style="font-style:italic;">Sock Wizard Software
I

tried the "Turned Toe" method for the toe. Cat Bordhi also

has a pattern for the Turned Toe in her book, but it's a little

different. I really like this way of working the toe, because

by the time you've completed the turned toe, all of your

shaping & increasing is done & you're ready to start knitting

in the round.

In a wild moment, I bought some new yarn : Fortissima

Socka AND Bamboo Double-Pointed Needles! This Yarn is

yummy & these needles are great! So far, so good!

Toe-Up Sock

I'm still on a sock-knitting adventure. Maybe it's because they're so versatile. Socks can be done on DPN's, 2-Cirs, the Magic-Loop, and they can be knitted from the cuff down or from the toe-up. There's so many yarns from which to choose from, even yarns that that do the fair-isle thing all by itself. How cool is that?

My first socks were baby socks done on metal DPN's. I hated it, because DPN's & I don't play nicely together, but I did want to learn to knit socks. So, my first pair of socks for myself were done on 2-Cirs. I used Cat Bordhi's book, Socks Soar on Two Circular Needles . but I had to have a lot help from my blogging friends. This was just the just the beginning. Since then, I've been exploring knitting socks on the the Magic Loop and I have been diligently trying to figure out how to do socks from the toe up. I've been working on this for weeks. The problem? I just can't seem to get the hang of the "Provisional Cast-On". It was enough to make think that I was never going to knit toe-up socks! I was born determined! I tried & I tried & I practiced & I practiced toe-up socks. I tried all sorts cast-on methods and I finally got the hang of the Turkish Cast-On: and I use the a Knit Pick Needle for the cable to hold my "live sts." But, my toe-up sock experience didn't stop here. I discovered that I just didn't like the general appearance of the way the toes looked with all the increases involved in achieving the toe.

My problem was, I knew how I wanted my toe to look, but I didn't know how to get there. THEN.....with the help of my of my Sock Wizard Software I tried the "Turned Toe" method for the toe. Cat Bordhi also has a pattern for the Turned Toe in her book, but it's a little different. I really like this way of working the toe, because by the time you've completed the turned toe, all of your shaping & increasing is done & you're ready to start knitting in the round. In a wild moment, I bought some new yarn : Fortissima Socka AND Bamboo Double-Pointed Needles! This Yarn is yummy & these needles are great! So far, so good!

Toe-Up Socks


I'm still on a sock-knitting adventure. Maybe it's because

they're so versatile. Socks can be done on DPN's, 2-Cirs, the

Magic-Loop, and they can be knitted from the cuff down or

from the toe-up. There's so many yarns from which to

choose from, even yarns that that do the fair-isle thing all by

itself. How cool is that?

My first socks were baby socks done on metal DPN's. I

hated it, because DPN's & I don't play nicely together, but I

did want to learn to knit socks. So, my first pair of socks for

myself were done on 2-Cirs. I used Cat Bordhi's book,

Socks Soar on Two Circular Needles . <a

href="http://www.amazon.com/Socks-Soar-Two-Circular-Ne

edles/dp/0970886950/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=books

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but I had to have a lot help from my blogging friends.

This was just the just the beginning. Since then, I've been

exploring knitting socks on the the Magic Loop and I have

been diligently trying to figure out how to do socks from the

toe up. I've been working on this for weeks. The

problem? I just can't seem to get the hang of the

"Provisional Cast-On". It was enough to make think that I

was never going to knit toe-up socks!

I was born determined! I tried & I tried & I practiced & I

practiced toe-up socks. I tried all sorts cast-on methods and

I finally got the hang of the Turkish Cast-On:

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href="http://fluffyknitterdeb.blogspot.com/2005/10/knitting-

made-easier-turkish-cast-on.html"> and I use the a

Knit Pick Needle for the cable to hold my "live sts."

But, my toe-up sock experience didn't stop here. I

discovered that I just didn't like the general appearance of

the way the toes looked with all the increases involved in

achieving the toe. My problem was, I knew how I wanted

my toe to look, but I didn't know how to get there.

THEN.....with the help of my of my <span

style="font-style:italic;">Sock Wizard Software I

tried the "Turned Toe" method for the toe. Cat Bordhi also

has a pattern for the Turned Toe in her book, but it's a little

different. I really like this way of working the toe, because

by the time you've completed the turned toe, all of your

shaping & increasing is done & you're ready to start knitting

in the round.

In a wild moment, I bought some new yarn : Fortissima

Socka AND Bamboo Double-Pointed Needles! This Yarn is

yummy & these needles are great! So far, so good!


Wednesday, April 16, 2008

My Un-Knitting and Un-Blogging

I haven't done much knitting or blogging lately. Life keeps getting in the way. It's not like I haven't done any knitting at all, but just the opposite. I knit a little, then I rip it out. I start something, then I rip it out. I pick old projects and start to knit, then I lose interest and put it down. Get the idea? I've been Un-knitting.

So, since I haven't been able to finish things....I haven't been able to blog about them either, so I have been Un-Blogging.

I hope that I'm not jumping around too much, but I do have some things on the ol' knitting needles.

1. I have a white cardigan that I don't want to talk about or think about. It might end up in the frog pond when my mom isn't looking. (My mom says, "Finished what you started.")

2. A toddler sweater.

3. One (1) sock in dark blue....longing for a mate.

4. Pink Ribbon Socks: http://www.lloydknitting.com/pink_ribbons_sock.htm It took me forever to find the perfect pink yarn and now it sits.

5. Current project: A hooded baby blanket knitted on the diagonal. It's coming along, but not much of a challenge, because it's all garter st. A friend wanted another one of these. I did take the time & knit up several baby blanket swatch samples, but she wants the blanket in garter st. It makes for great knitting while watching TV or............spending 14 hrs. in the ER w/a loved one. (That's another story.)

6. Another current project: a toe-up sock. I try to work on this when I've had enough of working on the baby blanket.

The toe-up sock will have to be saved for upcoming blog, because I have never done a sock from the toe up & it's become such a challenge! I'm not happy w/the general appearance of the toe, so I have ripped it out so many times that I've had to cut the yarn & find a good spot to start knitting it again. More un-knitting. (Sigh)

I'm still getting used to how to use this blog. But, you have to use to get use to it, but I haven't been knitting. I am so glad to see so many old friends here from my previous blog.

So, I guess I better get busy and stop my Un-doing things.

My Un-Knitting and Un-Blogging

I haven't done much knitting or blogging lately. Life keeps getting in the way. It's not like I haven't done any knitting at all, but just the opposite. I knit a little, then I rip it out. I start something, then I rip it out. I pick old projects and start to knit, then I lose interest and put it down. Get the idea? I've been Un-knitting.



So, since I haven't been able to finish things....I haven't been able to blog about them either, so I have been Un-Blogging.

I hope that I'm not jumping around too much, but I do have some things on the ol' knitting needles.

1. I have a white cardigan that I don't want to talk about or think about. It might end up in the frog pond when my mom isn't looking. (My mom says, "Finished what you started.")

2. A toddler sweater.

3. One (1) sock in dark blue....longing for a mate.

4. Pink Ribbon Socks: http://www.lloydknitting.com/pink_ribbons_sock.htm It took me forever to find the perfect pink yarn and now it sits.

5. Current project: A hooded baby blanket knitted on the diagonal. It's coming along, but not much of a challenge, because it's all garter st. A friend wanted another one of these. I did take the time & knit up several baby blanket swatch samples, but she wants the blanket in garter st. It makes for great knitting while watching TV or............spending 14 hrs. in the ER w/a loved one. (That's another story.)

6. Another current project: a toe-up sock. I try to work on this when I've had enough of working on the baby blanket.

The toe-up sock will have to be saved for upcoming blog, because I have never done a sock from the toe up & it's become such a challenge! I'm not happy w/the general appearance of the toe, so I have ripped it out so many times that I've had to cut the yarn & find a good spot to start knitting it again. More un-knitting. (Sigh)

So, I guess I better get busy and stop my Un-doing things.

Little Boy Vest