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learning new stitches

I tried to begin two new projects yesterday.  A cute little purse by Rowan and a cable hat I found online.  Neither is going anywhere at the moment.  The purse has both cables and bobbles, neither have actually been used in a project, although I’ve tried cables before to practice. I found many videos online to help me understand the bobbles, but after many, many, many attempts at the bobbles, I concluded that the yarn I substituted was an incorrect weight.  Back online I went to order some of the recommended Rowen yarn.  Project status – on hold.  I started on the hat, easy enough, five double pointed needles, ribbing stitch.  Then came the increase.  I never knew you could increase on the purl.  Imagine that!  Back to the computer I went looking for videos, but they were lacking at best.  (there is one lady who does a good job, but she knits English and I don’t so it messes with my mind) I finally got that figured out, did a couple of rows and was having a devil of time keeping the yarn on my needles.  Tried the cable, I’m not sure if it’s the pattern or myself that is confusing.  But after several attempts at trying to understand and do, I again concluded that the yarn I had substituted was an incorrect weight, hence the problems.  So I’m back at the computer today to do a bit more shopping.  I think I’m paying way too much in shipping.

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Yarn balls

Not one of my favorite tasks.  Usually I can avoid it completely but I recently purchased some beautiful yarn that can not be used unless it becomes a ball first.  So, I started rolling, used my knees for a while, then my husband’s hands, then my knees again.  Surprisingly the ball itself wasn’t as big as I thought it would be.

Once completed I started work on a new scarf pattern.  I’m using a size 2 needle.  The smallest I’ve ever used and I’m not doing so well.  I’ve had to rip out and restart.  I’ve tried three times now and decided to quit for the night.  I keep dropping a stitch.  The pattern calls for every other row to be a purl stitch.  For some reason, my purl stitch is tighter than my knit and I’m finding it difficult to increase.  I’ll try again tomorrow.  Thank goodness I find the process relaxing, even if I get nothing done.

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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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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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