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Friday, April 14, 2006

Knitting News

TV can mess up your knitting. I was completely enthralled with watching "Lost" while I was knitting the left and right straps to Karen's sleeveless summer shell. I mean, it's just stockinette, so I was zipping right along.

Until I realized that I had knitted the neck decreases on the left side but not the right. Sigh. I held it up for Karen who told me that she liked the side without the decreases better. "You're sure?" I asked. "Yep", she replied. "I mean you are really sure?" I inquire with my eyebrows lifted way up. (The eyebrows were saying "Be sure, because there is NO way I'm knitting this again!") "I like it better", she replied.

So, I ripped out the decreases and then finished knitting both sides. It makes the neck shaping more square. Hopefully we will both be happy with this decision once the piece is finished. Here's a picture:

Here's a sock update.

I finished the heel flap on my first sock (homework complete, check!) and decided to cast on for my second sock. I knitted it until I had the heel flap complete as well. I compared it to the first sock and decided there was no way I was going to leave that first sock the way it was. There were too many dropped stitches, twisted stitches and holes. So I ripped it out and have started the first sock again.

On Wednesday night, I went to my second session of "How to make a sock" class. I was really nervous about turning the heel. What little I thought I knew about socks, I imagined that this would be the worst part. Well, turning the heel was easy. The instructions were really clear and I was able to knit it without error.

The picking up stitches to knit the gusset.... this is the step that will make you sweat buckets. I was sweating in the crooks of my elbows and behind my knees. I've only picked up stitches once before and I had a really hard time with it.

The instructor kept calmly saying, "Pick up these two loops". While inside my head is screaming, "Which loops! It's all loops for heavens sake! It all looks the same!"

My other problem was that I wanted to pick up the stitches from back to front. The instructor was (wisely!) standing right behind me telling me "Pick up front front to back.... No Wendy.... FRONT TO BACK".

I ended up chanting "front to back, front to back, front to back" I imagine I looked like Dustin Hoffman in "Rainman".

But, ta-dah! I managed to pick up the stitches and knit that gusset! I'm now knitting down the foot to the toe. We will knit the toe and finish the sock this Wednesday in class.

I plan to knit the second sock this week and hopefully turn the heel and knit the gusset on my own. I would love to finish both socks next week. Check out my sock!


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