Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Where's the knitting??

Okay now, I'm sure you guys have noticed and have been far to kind to comment. But lately, aside from the sad attempt at Socktoberfest socks, there has been a blatant lack of knitting content on this knitting blog. You're right, you're right. It's time to make amends.

It's not that I am adverse to showing my WIP's. It's just that I haven't been knitting all that much. Work is really bad . . . really really bad . . . and it saps the last bits of life right out of me. I go home, curl up in the fetal position on the couch, and rot what's left of my brain with TV.

Don't worry, the knitting siren song is still calling out to me. I do still knit every day, but not for as long as I would like, and my progress is vvveeeeerrrrrrryyyyyyy ssssslllllllooooooooowwwwwwwww.

But enough with the excuses - here's what I have. I've been knitting faithfully (albeit slowly) on my little sock.

I guess I'm about 4 inches along, and the heel flap starts at 6, so I'm psyching myself up for that. I have artfully posed it to hid the two holes in the leg - the picture came out blurry but if you look closely toward the center left you'll see one of them. I think I know (three inches later) what I did wrong, but I'm okay with leaving them there. They are small and who is really going to see them, right? I'm noticing I'm having a very hard time holding the tension on my yarn. Is that normal when learning to knit on DPN's? Or is it because the yarn is so thin? Do you hold your yarn a different way when you knit socks? I use one of the methods shown in Stitch 'n Bitch where you kind of weave the yarn through your first three fingers and loop it around your pinky.

I also finished the main body of Tie One On while cruising, and got a good start on one tie.

Haven't touched it since I disembarked from the ship, but it's next in line when the sock is done.

And sad but true, that's it. Baby Raglan is STILL NOT BLOCKED . . . I don't know what I'm waiting for. I've got to finish it soon or the baby will be too big to wear it. I vow to get all my cleaning and chores done Saturday, and devote my whole Sunday to knitting stuff. (Yeah, easy to say now . . . we'll see what happens Saturday when I have to clean the whole house in a day. I'll try to be strong though, for the sake of the knitting.)


chris said...

Your sock is looking great!! My first sock was a total disaster, but a great learning experience. I put all the decreases in the wrong places and wound up with a weird "V" going down the instep. Bad form, but still good function, as I wear it around the house all the time. I'm thinking that maybe it's not the tension you're having problems with so much as the thin yarn and needles?? Just a thought. Although certainly, the dpns can be awkward at first, so maybe that is affecting your tension.

Tie One On looks fabulous- I can't wait to see it completed!! Such a beautiful color. I'm so, so sorry to hear that work is giving you so much stress. :( Hopefully, you'll be able to squeeze some therapeutic knitting time in soon to lift your spirits.

Jen said...

Tie one on is looking good, and don't worry about the tension issue with the sock. I think it's pretty common when using DPNs. I usually end up with a ladder between the needles, so make sure to shift the stitches around your needles every so often to avoid a big gap in the middle of your sock.

And the baby raglan... blocking is pretty fast if you wet block it and blocking definitely neatens up your stitches. Just jump right in there and go for it! I would definitely like to see it all seamed up and blocked...

Jillio said...

i think the tension thing is learned. i noticed when i did my first pair of socks, the first one was very different from the second because i'd gotten a lot better on navigating the stitches on the needles. i guess it's common, as ms. mcspazzitron says. :)
i can't wait to see the finished Tie-One-On! i don't recall seeing anyone make it, though if i wanted to, i could probably blog surf until i do....nah. i'd rather see yours finished first.
and yes, you should finish the baby raglan! babies grow really really fast!!!
btw, i recall a while ago you got the Alterknits book. how is it? it hasn't come into the local bookstore yet, and i haven't heard much about it or can recall anyone making anything from it. what kind of review would you give it?

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