#19. Two at a Time Socks

IMG_20180716_1319005_rewindI have started my first attempt to knit two socks at one time.  I bought a book on the subject but of course I haven’t read it yet.  Just jumped in.  The problem with knitting one sock at a time is that when you finish the first sock, you are only half way done.  There’s the pair to make.  And hopefully I took good notes on exactly how I did the toe and heel so that they match.

In my sock class and even our Friday morning knit sessions, there has been lots of talk about knitting two at a time.  At a minimum you need a long circular needle (magic loop) to be able to keep the four sections apart (front and back of each sock).  So I decided to try with the relatively easy “vanilla” footie pattern and the thicker Fixation yarn (less stitches).  I think I’ve figured out how to use stitch markers to keep track of the front of each sock and the right versus left sock (with the vanilla “pattern” there really isn’t a left versus right).

The toe and foot parts are pretty straight forward.  I’m not sure what to do when I reach the heel.  Guess I’ll actually have to read the book. 😉   I’m excited that all is going well so far.  I hope to only do two at a time in the future.

Course that probably means buying more needles that have longer cords.  Seems that I’m constantly “upgrading” my knitting supplies as I learn what I like in needles, stitch markers, yarn/project bags, etc.  Seems I’ll have plenty of things for my Christmas wish list.  😁

 

#18. Hobby Spread

IMG_20180714_1134182_rewindIsn’t it funny how one hobby can spread into another.  I’m almost two years into my knitting hobby.  One thing I enjoy about knitting is project and yarn bags.  As noted on past blogs, I tend to use quilted tote bags for project bags, but I also use mesh bags to hold my yarn.  I keep the mesh yarn bag in my project bag.  The project bag then holds the “project”, extra ball of yarn if needed, my accessory bag, and stitch marker container.

But I find myself lusting after cute fabric project/yarn bags that I see my fellow knitters make.  So I have found an easy project bag pattern.  I’m pretty sure I can modify it to be a combination yarn/project bag.  I’m excited to make one as a birthday present for my daughter whom I’ve recently gotten into knitting (hopefully).

So now my knitting is crossing over into sewing.  I have a very old sewing machine (30+ years) that I don’t really know how to use.  The tension is frequently wrong creating ugly seams.  So I’m off to my beloved Silk Road Textiles again.  Seems they have just the right class this month – understand your machine.  Thank you Terry!!!  I can’t wait to learn how to use my machine correctly.  I don’t see myself making clothes but I sure can see having fun making knitting project bags.  I’ve already been scoping out fabrics.  😁