Archive for March, 2015

I did it! I made my first pair of toe-up socks by Liat Gatt’s Worsted Weight Toe-Up Sock pattern! I have to say that I am really pleased with how they turned out. I have them on sock blockers at the moment, and when I blocked them they smoothed themselves out and became something that I am very proud of.

Since these are worsted weight, they are fitting very nicely, if a little loosely. The heel lines up perfectly, everything turned out so nice on these! I think I am going to be a toe-up sock girl. I like knowing that when I get to the heel and turn that bad boy that it is only a short matter of time before I am binding off and wearing my socks. I have such a hard time doing a gusset on top-down socks that I don’t enjoy doing them, and I can’t have that!

I have cast on to do a gauge swatch for fingering weight socks, and I wonder if I will have to wait until I can get a size 2 47-inch fixed circular needle.

It amazes me, I have all of these needle sets in all different sizes, but I don’t have a size 2 in any of them. I do have size 2 in DPNs, but I am enjoying doing magic loop a lot so I need a needle that is a size 2 47-inch fixed circular to make the magic loop work.  Off to my LYS I will go if I can’t get gauge with what I have!

I have to get a gauge of 7 stitches per inch, and Liat says she got it with a size 2 needle. I have tried size 1, and I am trying size 3 now because size 1 gave me 9 SPI. I don’t know if size 3 will be too big to bring it down to 7 SPI. I guess I will see.

I am using some really interesting yarn that is self-striping. This is my first try with self-striping yarn for socks and it will be fun to see how the yarn works out to create the striping. At least this time, the colors match each other so far and I haven’t seen any really bad colors in this group of colors. I don’t know if this fingering weight yarn will net a sock that fits my foot. I am making the largest size that she has on the pattern, so I am hoping that it fits my foot once I get to going with it. I know that fingering weight yarn is tiny, tiny yarn, and it will take me a LOT longer to get 1 sock done than it does with worsted weight yarn. Wish me luck! I will be back with a picture of the sock in progress once I actually cast on for that sock after I get gauge.



Good Afternoon!

I think I might have several ideas from my friends from one of my knitting forums,  I asked the same question about being in a rut over there and several people answered my post with how they bust the boredom and how I can finish this shawl sooner rather than later!

One of the things someone said was to set a goal to get so many rows done each day, and I thought that might work because the repeat comes out to be 8 rows. I thought I could do 8 rows per day, but realistically I know I might get 4 done before I put it away for the day.

The next idea that someone wrote was to work on it for a set amount of time each day. Her suggestion was 20 minutes, and I think I can do that!  I often follow the Fly Lady’s advice of cleaning for 15 minutes at a stretch, so 20 minutes seems to be a stretch that I can do. It isn’t long and drawn out, and I can do anything else once I am done with the 20 minutes. I think I am going to try that first and see how it works.

Still another suggestion was to alternate between projects and change up the yarn that I use on each. She has 5 lace projects going, can you believe that?  She uses maybe mohair on one, lace weight on another, worsted on another. You get the picture, yes?  She says that helps her to break up the monotony of repetitious work, which is what knitting can be. She doesn’t like stockinette stitch, either!  I thought I was alone in that!  I think that stockinette and garter stitches are the most boring stitches in the whole knitting world, and I have the hardest time completing anything that has lots of either stitch in it. It is mindless knitting though, so sometimes it comes in handy. Sweaters are made out of stockinette mostly, so I have to push through that boredom if I want to do a sweater.

Most of the responses leaned towards alternating between projects, which I already do quite often. I use the PDF Expert app on my iPhone to keep up with the place I am at in each pattern because I can put little notes on each pattern. My friend, Cheryl, told me about that app and I have been using it ever since. It really helps me to keep up with where I am at on any pattern that I have in the app. It doesn’t help me with patterns that I don’t have in the app and can’t put in there, like the Hey Teach pattern that I have to finish once I am done with this shawl. That is a paper pattern that I have to keep up with, which is another problem that I have!  Keeping up with my paper patterns is such a chore!  I keep them with the pattern, but in this case I didn’t mark where I was on that sweater, so I only know that I have to start with the lace pattern for the top and that is it. I don’t remember if I did the set up row before I start the lace pattern or not. I can’t see it, so I think I didn’t do the set up row. If I did, what is it going to look like if I do it twice?  I should  have written where I was at when I threw it in the corner! ::Groaning over here::

Anyway, I think I have a track to run on to get out of my rut. I think I can do anything for 20 minutes at a stretch, and even though that isn’t a lot of time to work on this shawl, it will get several rows done in a day, and eventually I will get to the point where I can bind it off and be done with it. I really appreciate all the help that everyone gave me to help get me out of this rut!  Thank you so much!

Until next time have a great day!

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