Thursday, October 30, 2008

Toe up success!!!

Toe up success!!!, originally uploaded by Filipina Sakura.

I got it. I got it!!!

With the explanation and suggestions made from a couple Ravelry ladies in the Magic Loop group, I finally have knit myself the toe section of the sock.

I'm a little nervous about the heel turn coming up.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Maybe I'm not meant to knit socks?

It's the last week of Socktober and thought I'd churn out some socks this month. I even bought a couple new skeins of sock yarn to get myself motivated. I taught myself how to make 2 socks on 2 circular needles cuff down. I would have a finished pair now but I decided to get fancy. I got to the heel and decided to use Cat Bordhi's method. I failed so miserably I needed to frog the whole thing. Back to the sock drawing board. =(

I picked myself up and bought this lovely orange skein from Hazel Knits. This was meant to be made into a cushy pair of fall weather socks. It will go perfect with my black clog Danskos. I originally wanted to use the Firestarter pattern because I wanted to do a toe up sock this time and I just learned how to do Judy's Magic Cast-On. Then I read feedback from people who have worked on theirs and I wasn't enthusiastic anymore because of all the trouble some people were having. I'm a newbie sock knitter so any pattern that has a ton of errata or mistakes I wouldn't catch on my own won't work for me. I did attempt it but didn't get far so I frogged the little bit I knit.

So I found a pattern called Express Lane. It's a toe up pattern also. I used the magic cast-on
instead of the provisional cast-on it called for. I get to Row 1 and I'm stuck....I don't get the instructions. I'm pretty sure that the instructions the pattern gives and the magic cast-on don't mesh and I got lost. I tried to figure it out on my own for HOURS. It shouldn't be this difficult! It's just knitting!!! I gave up and turned to the people of Ravelry to help me out. I posted my dilemma last night and went to bed. By this morning I had 3 different responses! Hallelujah! Ravelry is awesome. Can't wait to get home and finally make myself some freakin' socks. I may not be able to finish a pair but I should at least get one sock started correctly.

Thursday, October 02, 2008

boring. boring. boring.

i'm working on a practice pair of socks with a new knitting method. 2 socks at the same time on 2 circular needles. woo. great. i get it. but all in stockinette?! but i'm already bored. it's great to work on while i visit my mom at the hospital but sheesh! i should rip it out and find a more challenging pattern. i feel like i'm wasting 2 lovely skeins of shibui yarn (in Wasabi) on a boring pair of socks. not the best project to get me excited by sock knitting.