Archive - 2005 - Blog entry

January 11th

Yarn it is

Woo Hoo, I finally got the wool fiber I was working with spun and plyed into at least 117 yards of  2 ply yarn.  I lost count at 117 yards but it is at least that.  That's a lot of yarn.  Then my next step is to dye it in a rainbow colourway hopefully.  Just got these gaywool dyes to work with in daisy, orchid and cornflower.  Can't wait to see how it comes out.  Then I got to make something with it, which will probably be some hats.  Since that is what I usually make or maybe one of those multidirectional scarfs.  Not sure yet but will let you know.  : )

January 9th

My First Sock

I completed my first sock.  It was a lot of fun, and I'm pleased with the results, but not enough to finish the pair.  I have enough yarn to make another pair so I'm going to start again with smaller needles.  I did the first one with size 5 and am going to try 3's instead.  There seemed to be a lot of open space in the stitches.

I also need to practice closing the toe so it looks a little neater, and I'm not happy with the instep.  When I picked up the stitches on the side that shows in the picture, they were very loose.  I've received some suggestions on how to correct that and will try them on my next sock.

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a stitch in time

While working on my very first knitting project, a simple scarf with a straight knit row after row after row... with the occasional yarn change for stripes... I felt the need to try something else, something different.

I learned to purl continental and learned a really easy but impressive looking waffle stitch pattern to start another scarf...

And then I started a simple hat, knitting in the round. All the other kids were doing it so I decided to give it a go.

I decided to make the hat ribbed with a basic 1x1 rib (knit1 purl1)... I fould myself modifying my finger configuration and knitting process to work with the knit one, purl one pattern.

January 1st

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Ode to opposible thumbs...

I've only been knitting for about 3 weeks now; my friend Stephen taught me after he caught the knitting bug ("the only man who could ever teach me, was the son of a preacher man...").

As an artist who's been laying fallow for way too long, it was a great joy to be making things with my hands again... the low bar for entry was a big plus (though my yarn habit is beginning to get out of control, pretty soon I'll need a sponsor, an intervention or sheep).

It was frustrating the first couple hours trying to get the points of my needles under the tight stitches... I was pinching the yarn loose at every stitch and there was none of the grace of more seasoned knitters around me...