Monthly Archives: August 2008

Jaclyn’s socks

They’re finished!  I finished up the toe and just before I started grafting I noticed a dropped stitch.  errrr!  So, I un-stitched back to two rows above the drop, picked up the stitches and then carried on.  The second time I made it to the end, voila!  I took pictures and added my first project to Ravelry.  I then took the time to add in all of my bamboo needles.  I didn’t add in the metal ones Mom brought me from Grandma, since I doubt I’ll ever use them.  They’re just sentimental.

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Twisted yarn

Urgh!!! I spent the majority of my knitting time last night de-tangling and winding the remainder of my sock yarn.  Why or why does that always happen towards the end of a project?  I’m always excited about the start of a new project that I haven’t taken the time to wind a yarn ball.  Should I be making them prior to starting?  Am I neglecting an important piece of the knitting process?  All I know is that I hate twisted yarn.

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Knitting Away in Mt. Prospect

My first knitting group!  I found them while searching through Ravelry groups.  We meet at Starbucks this evening for our first knit-in.

Knitting has always been a solitary activity for me so I wasn’t sure if I would be capable of multi-tasking – talking, listening, and knitting – without messing something up.  I took along the blue socks I’m knitting for my daughter.  I still had several rounds to knit before getting to the heel so I thought it would be a safe start.  I didn’t do too badly.  The heel has a bit of an uneven stitch on the slip stitch, but otherwise it looks ok, and I knitted all the way through the gusset.  (Of course, I don’t think I spoke but a few words while counting my gusset rows)

I had a wonderful chat with my new knitting friend, Abby.  We found that she lived in the same home town in Wisconsin as my parents.  Small world.  She also has a passion for socks, perhaps I’ll learn a few things.

I also found out that a local knitting shop has a free knit night twice a month.  They also offer finishing classes – I’ll need to take one of those!

Off to watch the Olympics and work on my instep.

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New yarn

Last month I took my mom to the Midwest Fiber and Arts show. She bought nothing, I spend more than I should have. I found some wonderful cotton yarn with which I hope to make a sweater (my second attempt). I also purchased some washable wool for socks. I’ve made several bulky socks from a simple pattern and plan on trying my hand at a finer knit sock. But first, I need to finish a replacement sock for my daughter. She loved the first set so much she put a hole in one.

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