Sunday, June 14, 2009

On New Things Learned

This weekend's new lessons have been Turning Heels and Pick Up and Knits.  Both are used in making socks!  This has definitely been interesting as I learn best by having Mom demonstrate things to me and then if I have further questions I research it in my books here or online.  Mom, however, wasn't here and was heading on a mission trip this week.  I spent a good bit of time on the phone with her Friday night trying to learn how to turn the heel and messed up quite a few times.  I finally got that down Saturday morning, taught myself to Pick Up and Knit since Mom was out of cell phone service and otherwise busy with her trip, and got about 2 inches into the sole and realized that my pick ups were too loose and I had dropped a stitch soon after switching back to a master color.

*Sigh* Out came all of the stitches that made up my turned heel and following two inches.  I relooked up Pick Up and Knit on and didn't come up with anything that helped me.  Everything was too far away, didn't pertain to me, or was way too fast for me to keep up with.  So I tried again with a different look on my pick ups and was successful and have now gotten back to the point where I was last night when all of those stitches came out :) YAY so I'm chugging along on this Christmas present idea and the next thing to tackle will be the toe! Hopefully I'll be able to have Mom help me with it as I go home to celebrate Father's Day this weekend!

I've got a couple of scarves going as well to have something to do when my brain gets tired of concentrating on my "sock project" as I'm coming to call it.  Hope everyone has a great week!

Monday, June 8, 2009

On Christmas projects

This past week has been full of buying yarn and starting projects.  I tend to take on ambitious projects that call for needles that I don't have and yarn that costs an arm and a leg to purchase.  However, my mom is great for helping me stay grounded to some degree but encourages me to try new projects. So I was extremely glad she came down to see my brother and I this weekend! It's nice to sit and knit with her! (That way when I mess up I can go "MOOOOOOOOOOOMMMMM" LOL, but I've gotten better about after saying that trying to fix it myself so I can when she's not there)

For the first time this weekend, I began to knit in the round.  I'm taking on a Christmas project for the ladies at work and must start now in order to complete the project on time :)  I'm also wanting to do a wrapghan, which is basically a snuggie except more effort goes into making it.  I'm making this one for my boss :)  However, it's been hard to find this yarn so I'm having to order it from the internet.

I've been knitting for the past three days in the evening and have gotten further than I thought I would in my first round knitting but had to put it down and start a scarf my hands were hurting so bad holding the tiny double pointed needles needed for this in the round.

I'm still working on my spring project and it's coming along.  I've got about 3 inches to go on the third scarf and 3/4 of the way to go on the fourth scarf.

For now, my spinning has been put aside.  I've got to get some questions answered before continuing on with that project.  That's it for now, night!