Knitting Overhaul Part 1
I have finally caught up on my knitting. I just hadn’t really taken the time to sit down and get back into my projects. I didn’t think I would have such a hard time reminding myself what the hell I was doing. 😛 Once I picked the needles back up, I had little problem getting back into the swing of things. It has proven to be quite relaxing. I decided I would just work in a handful of projects for the next bit, even though the adventurous knitter in me wants to try every new thing I find. I also know that I will be working on gifts for a few people early so that they’re all ready for the holidays. But for now, I’m only working on a few things.
~For the record, I have only been knitting for about 10 months so it’s a work in progress. 😛 I hope to continue to improve as time goes on~
Project 1: Socks
I had never made socks before and it was the next thing I wanted to try. Up until now I had become quite comfortable with making hats and scarves but I wanted to try something else. Socks just seemed like the most logical thing. I guess I should have gotten worsted yarn first to try…but I kind of jumped the gun and bought sock yarn. It is actually turning out quite nicely, with a few mistakes but I’m learning. I’m surprised I haven’t made any real errors thus far…and I just finished ‘turning the heel’. Not too shabby for my first time making socks. Here is what I have done so far:
The body of the sock before the heel I knitted until It measured 10 centimeters. I didn’t want a super long sock for my first one 😛
I was pleasantly surprised how easy it was to ‘turn the heel’ for the sock. I did have to sit down and concentrate through it, but It wasn’t as bad as it seemed. I made a minor error somewhere…but still not bad for a first time. It looks like what it’s supposed to look like, So I’m satisfied with that.
I’m nearly done with the sock at this point…well one sock that is. 😛 I still have to knit the gusset, the rest of the sock and the toe..and of course stitch it up. All of which are new to me. I know I’ll be done with it by the end of the week and then I can start the second sock which I should be able to get through faster considering I have one under my belt…or on my foot, rather. So the other foot would like to match, me thinks 😛
Project 2: Block Blanket.
Pretty easy enough. I wanted to knit a blanket and I figured a Block blanket would be a good start. I would just knit 30 individual blocks and combine them. The only problem I had been having is just picking out so many different patterns that will lay nicely when knitted so that it won’t bunch up in the blanket. I’ve been successful for the most part, minus one mistake or two, but it’s not bad. I’m still learning so I’m going to be proud of it either way. The next one I do, whenever that happens, will be much better.
Progress so far:
Project 3: Jester type hat…
I like making hats and this one seemed a lot more fun than the ones I’m used to doing. We’ll see how it turns out. This is more of a test run with some yarn I had lying around in my (small) stash…and I didn’t know what to do with it.
I’m at the point of where I can know knit the individual long points of the hat. I hope to get to that relatively soon.
Misc: Knitting Goodies 😀
I have been (slowly but surely) trying to add to my knitting arsenal. I have a good supply of bamboo straight knitting needles, ranging from size 0 to size 17…and a pair of size 50. I don’t have much in the way of circular or DPNS: I only have a size 7 circular and both a size 2 and 7 DPNS. I’ll just collect new sizes for DPNS and circulars as I need them for projects that require them. I also decided it would be nice to get a nice little knitting bag, bowl and accessories. In my search I found the Knit Kit by Martha Steward (go figure). I’m not so fond of the unnecessary and obnoxious pink color (which a carefully used sharpie won’t fix) but I AM fond of the contents within this. The front of The Knit Kit contains a durable row counter and a smooth retracting 5ft. tape measure. The left side of The Knit Kit has a fully removable crochet hook and the right side of The Knit Kit has a folding in-and-out thread cutter. The back compartment of The Knit Kit nicely houses collapsible scissors as well as point protectors and three different sized stitch markers. All in all, I like it with what I have used so far. It helps me keep up with my knitting whatevers a lot better.
The next time I update for this post I SHOULD have at least one sock done and no idea about where I’ll be with the hat and blanket per say…but I assume I will have progressed in some way 😛 Damn you summer business. Anyway, more later. Stay tuned!