Saturday, August 9, 2008

Day One Progress

It was a sad day yesterday at my house. Well, not really sad. There was lots of anger, yelling, and frustration.

After working on my sock ALL DAY, this is what I went to bed with:


What? Just the tip of the toe? Yes. But in all fairness, I did do the toe about 4 times. I should have "trained" for this event, because I think I'm about to be disqualified. Seriously.

The first problem is the Magic Cast On on DPN's instead of a cable needle.  It's almost impossible to knit the first row. 

Problem #2:  The YO short row method left huge holes down the side.  I tried 3 times...still holes.  This is not working for me.

As I sat in front of the computer, an idea hit me!  I googled short row heel and found this. So at about 11 pm, this is what I tried.  And the result is what you see.  I'm about halfway done with the toe.  Oh yeah, I had to re-start that too.  Lost track of my turns.

I had to cast on for my 2nd project before midnight.  I got 1 .5 repeats done.  It's a matter of fact that this scarf is so much easier than the socks.


Patons SWS on 10.5 needles.  I love this yarn!! I think I'm loving wool more and more.

My plans today include knitting up to the heel at least.  If I make too many more mistakes, these socks will become an afterthought...

But the yarn is lovely.  I do have one problem.  My needles (KnitPicks Harmony) match my yarn.  How weird is that? So I need lots of light to see what I'm doing.  I really like alpaca too.  Need to move to the country so I can raise one.

As I was knitting my socks, my son decided to play with my ball winder.  So I told him to wind my leftover cotton bits.  Here's what he accomplished:


There's a few more kicking around.  Nice huh?  Suppose I'll have to make him his army of ninja's now.


Aunt Kathy said...

Anita I can't figure out that magic loop... I feel like an old dog with a new trick, lol

But the scarf pattern, ooh I like that one a lot.

hakucho said...

I'm in the same boat as you. I worked on the toe of my second sock last night. I shouldn't have as I was too tired and it was all for naught as I have to rip it back and start over. I should know by now not to knit when tired ;)

Thanks for the link for the Japanese short rows...I need to try some different techniques. I don't know why, but I'm afraid of magic loop. One of these days... Lots still to learn!!

Good luck with your socks...and happy knitting :)