naelany: (socks)
I got to meet one of the girls from Craftster yesterday. It was nice to put a face with the words. And best of all! She helped me with the sock-problem!!! I was right, the pattern wasn't right, which of course meant that my heel was off. She tinked it back for me, since I couldn't do it without messing it up. It felt so good to finally figure out how to turn the heel. I'm partway through knitting the gusset now, and so far that's going well. Once that's finished, I can try the sock on again and see if it still fits lol. Either way though, I am pleased with how my afternoon was spent.
We met at a coffeeshop and ended up at the LYS down the block. That was my first experience at just sitting down and knitting in a LYS, and having people chat and help and stuff. Oh, and ogle yarn, of course. It was quite funny to hear some of the ladies talk as they were "getting their fix" ^_~.

So yes, you can guess what I'll be doing today ^_~. Yep, you guessed it. I'm knitting! Well, that and a few other things of a crafty nature, since it's two weeks until the craft fair. But knitting, for sure!
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Uhm.... is it right that when I start the heel turning bit, that when I've "consumed all stitches" on the knit side, I still have some left on the purl side?????? I've just done as it said (at least, I think I have), and am left with 4 stitches on the purl side. Did I do something wrong????
naelany: (socks)
Why is it that making these socks seems to take so much longer? Is it because I'm making both at the same time, or does it really make that big a difference using size 1's as apposed to size 2s?
naelany: (tea)
I did it!!! I finished my first pair of socks!!!! I wish I could show you guys, but ..well, no digital camera and all. I also just cast on for my second pair. I was trying to do them both at the same time, but got lost and ended up having to do the toes seperately, hopefully I can get myself back on track and do them both at the same time, since I'm not sure exactly how much yarn I've got. I tried to follow the pattern for doing 2 socks at a time, but will admit that I shut the computer off without printing the intructions out. My bad. Oh well. If it doesn't work, I'm sure I'll figure out something. But hey, one toe is done at least. I'm too tired to do the second one though, that'll be for tomorrow to do.
But yay! First pair of socks! Even if they're bigger them I normally have my socks. And yes, I did cast on with less stitches this time. Oddly enough, my gauge was the same as for my last ones, even with using a size smaller needles. So I deducted a few stitches *crosses fingers* Wish me luck!!!!!!!
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I finished my first sock! And I can actually put it on my foot!!! I made it an ankle sock, so I did it in 2 days. So cool. Would've done it in about that time if it'd been a regular one though. No picture, as I don't have a digital camera available anymore. Things I've learned: to not go completely by what the pattern says to do lol. It kept saying to put the instep on 1 needle and the heel on 1 as well. I ended up putting both on a set of 2 needles. Another thing I learned. Don't necessarily go by math as it states in the pattern. According to the pattern, I had to go with a cast on of 32 stitches, totalling 64 stitches. That's by math and measuring my foot where it said to. The sock does fit, but is looser (sp?) then I like my socks to be. The mate for this sock will be made in the same size of course (Trina said that if it fit her better then me, she'd pay me for time and yarn), but the next one I'm going to adjust for a slightly snugger fit.

And just to make it official, even if it is only one sock and not the pair (it makes me feel better, after all the failed attempts lol):

Project: ankle sock
Pattern: generic
Yarn: Lion Brand sock yarn
Colors: purple/blue
Needles: #2
Gauge: 8 sts per inch
Care: wash gentle, dry flat I guess

Don't worry, I'll be casting on the second sock tomorrow ^_^. No second sock syndrome for me, thank you. I can't wait to start my next pair though. I can totally see the addictiveness of socks!
naelany: (tea)
*blinks* I've got most of the foot knit at this point. I just tried it on. Only to find it's a bit roomy. I prefer my socks to have a snug fit. Now I'm wondering if I shoudl just continue working on it and deal with them being a bit roomier then I'm used to. Or if I should frog it again and make them a bit smaller. *sigh* I think I'll keep going at this point. I want a sock that's finished, at this point. Maybe I'll end up giving it to someone with a slightly larger foot, if it ends up too big for me once it's all done. I don't know. I just want to finish this sock (and its mate, of course). Bother! At least I've got some more yarn coming my way for another pair. I hope the colorway's to my liking (it's hard to see on the picture I was shown), sothat I can make some for me again.
I told Dustin this morning that if anyone asks what I might want for my birthday, to say gift certificate to LYS or Knitpicks. I want more sock yarn. Not just because I enjoy making them (which I do, frustrations aside), but because right now, sock knitting is way preferable to Prayer Shawl knitting. The shawls just get too warm right now, with the heat we're having. Socks are a lot less bothersome to work with right now ^_~.
Oh well. Back to the sock I go.
naelany: (tea)
Triumph over teh sock!!!!!! I did it!!! Thanks, [livejournal.com profile] yarnpirate, for showing me that website last night!!!!!!! *jiggies* I got the toes done and just started on the foot. There's no holes this time or anything, I'm so proud! Now if I can only keep the sock going smoothly this time, and finish with a loose enough cast off, I'll be happy ^_^. I've got some sock yarn coming my way, courtesy of Shelley, so I'm so thrilled to finally have figured that part of the sock out. Next obstacle, the heel! But after the toe, I'm not so worried anymore. *jiggies*
Ok, now I have to scat, because I've got some suede fabric to pick up from a freecycler. She apparently gave it to me because she saw my website. Oops. I think I need to update that thing soon lol. It's not exactly recent, what's on there. But yay! Sock knitting!
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Bah, bah and again...bah! I got to turning the heel again last night. Guess what? I screwed up. Big time. You're supposed to end up with the same amount of stitches a you started with, I managed to cut them in half, give or take. Don't ask me how, I haven't a clue. Needless to say, I frogged the whole damn thing. Again. I'm giving up on socks for a while. That just depressed me too much to want to try again right now. Fiddlesticks!
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I finally finished knitting and putting together the bag I've been working on. Now to felt it. Dustin's going to help me, but I doubt it'll happen today *looks over as he sleep, and sighs*. I can't wait to see how it turns out though.

I got my free skein of Disco yarn in today. I actually like the look of it. It's green and sparkly. A nice, dark green at that. Since it's only one skein, it's going to take some thinking to figure out what to make with it. Anyone have any ideas?????

I'm also working on my sock again. It's nice to see it come together again. Still have a ways to go with it though, not even halfway down the foot yet. But then, I've been busy with other stuff, like yet another prayer shawl. Which I ought to finish up, so I can give it away. I hope to get several things finished this week, so I can get soe space freed (is that the right way of writing that?) up in my yarn drawer. Getting the bag out there will help a lot, that's for sure.
I've decided to wait with finishing my green turtleneck sweater, since I'm losing weight. I have a feeling I may need to undo the whole thing here soon, because I've gone down in size already. Not a bad thing, really ^_~, I won't mind too much. At least not since it's for this reason lol.

I've got a few ideas running through my head as well at the moment. Not that I can do anything with it for the time being. Need to clean house first, create some space and stuff lol. I also need to figure out how to deorate the house for the holidays. I didn't have anything up last year, and I refuse to let that be the case again this year. I may not be getting a tree again, but dangit, Christmas it shall be!

*pout*

Oct. 23rd, 2005 09:17 pm
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Well.... I finished my first ever sock. And it's useless, because the cast off I did (the only one I know) is too tight, so now the stupid thing won't go over my foot *cries*. And I was all geared up for making my second sock. Is this why people have second sock syndrome? I don't want to start on the other one until the first one's good to go, you know? Which means I either need to go to the LYS and see if they'll be kind enough to help a girl out, or make my way to Newport so [livejournal.com profile] yarnpirate can help me *sniffle*. I'm so bummed!

Sock!

Oct. 16th, 2005 09:21 pm
naelany: (yarnlust)
Well, after having frogged the first attempt at the sock, and then having [livejournal.com profile] brightshadowsky help me figure it out again, I've now gotten a long way on my second attempt. About...half way through the foot I'd say. And *knocks on wood* so far, so good. I'm very pleased with it. However, when I showed my sock (which at the time was only the toes) to Trina, she seemed less then impressed and guessed it was a lot of things other then a sock before I told her. I guess I won't be making socks for her. Except maybe Ducks socks, so she can deck out for the games. I was thinking of making her Ducks socks, armwarmers, gloves, scarf and maybe even legwarmers. Oh, and a headband. But that's not happening for a while yet. Just future stuff, you know.
Oh well, so what if she isn't as into socks as I am. There's plenty of other people who would appreciate them ^_^
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So I messed up bad enough on my sock that I had no choice but to frog the whole thing. I couldn't make heads or tails of it anymore *sniffles*. I started casting on and knitting on it again though, until I came to a point where I couldn't remember what to do next, and [livejournal.com profile] brightshadowsky hadn't written the instructions down. So I called her and asked for help. Which she graciously gave (which is why I wasn't online after all, sorry [livejournal.com profile] rhiannontherose!). After a lot of tinkering and some more messing up on my part, we got it figured out (I think!). I now have 16 stitches on all four needles, which is as it should be. Now, if only I could continue the rest of the sock without any more hick-ups.
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I feel like such a newbie right now, knitting away on my sock. I was having tea with [livejournal.com profile] elfie_chan, and we were both knitting away. I had just told her how I hardly ever (normally, anyway) "grow stitches", only to notice I'd managed to do just that and not being able to backtrack because I simply couldn't figure out how due to the porcupine aspect of working on a sock. *deep sigh* Nothing makes you appreciate the issues newbies have with knitting, than having to learn a whole new skill even as a seasoned knitter. Bah! Bah, I say. I'm going to finish this sock dangit, if it kills me! And, if when I'm done, I don't like the look of it, I shall do as [livejournal.com profile] elfie_chan suggested and frog the whole thing and start over. Hopefully the next sock I make will go better.
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So, while awaiting to see what to do about the sock, I decided to do some knitting. I started on another bag. This one is, hopefully, going to be on sale at the fair. Provided I ever manage to line it. It's janeplain, but I'm thinking about doing something on the flap, like embroidery...or something. Not sure yet. It'll depend on the kind of fabric I'll use on the lining. Which, of course, I've yet to buy/get hold of.
I wanted to work on something simple, since we were watching movies. Hence no sock, and no work on the bag meant for me. Yet. Maybe I'll get to work on the sock again tomorrow. May even bring it along to my meeting with [livejournal.com profile] elfie_chan ^_^
naelany: (tea)
*frowns* Odd... I just got to the point of where I need to make the heel. No problem, I remember what [livejournal.com profile] yarnpirate told me, I think. But when I put all my stitches for the backrow on one needle for ease, I discovered that I didn't have 16 stitches on one needle, but 18! And I don't know when that happened. What do I do now? Start all over again??? Keep going??? The other 3 needles do have 16 stitches on them, like they're supposed to. Help! I was really hoping to get the heel done today *pouts and puts the sock away*.
naelany: (tea)
I'm loving the sock-knitting so far ^_^. Funny thing is, I was chatting with both my mom and her sister the other day, and I happened to mention to my aunt that I had learned to knit socks. Her response: "ewwwwww!!! I hate knitting socks, it's the worst!". When I told my mom about how my aunt had reacted, she laughed and said it was probably because of the nuns back when they were in school. Apparently, they made them knit socks and potholders. In a not too friendly fashion. My how times have changed, eh?
I am, however, starting to get a bit nervous. I'm a little less then an inch away from starting the heel, and I'm not sure I remember how [livejournal.com profile] yarnpirate said to do it. *bites lip* I shall do my best, however, and go from there.
By the way, [livejournal.com profile] yarnpirate, someone commented to my post on [livejournal.com profile] knitting, she wanted to know what pattern I was using. Since you slightly altered the pattern you taught me to be easier to manage, I told her I'd ask you to post the pattern????? Is that possible?

I still don't know what I'll be doing for Christmas gifts this year. The plans I had made last Christmas so I'd be better prepared for this one kind of all fell through *sigh*. Of course, it doesn't help that I still can't go full spead ahead with crafting because of my arm. Though it's behaving pretty good so far, I don't want to overdo it. Yet ^_~.

I also still need to go through all the stuff I've already got and see what all I've got ready for the craft fair, and what I can feasably make for it. Dustin and I are both going to try make some jewelry, that is one thing I do know. As for the rest, not so sure yet. I had hoped to make some shawls, but not sure that can happen. Ahhh, so many things to do, so little time!
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I'm knitting my first sock!!! Woohoo!!! Though I did just manage to pull off the stitches of one entire needle (got them all back on again, thank God!), I've been making good progress ^_^. [livejournal.com profile] yarnpirate came over and taught me how to make a toe-up sock. It's not difficult at all, really. I'm hoping to have it finished in a few days, provided I can get away with knitting without anything coming up and my arm behaving itself, of course. She explained how to make the heel and I think I understand it, but first I have the foot to knit up, so we'll cross that bridge when we get to it. I'm so psyched! *does a happy dance* Thank you so much, Nikki! *hugs*

God it feels good to b e able to do something again! To watch something being made by my own hands. ^_^

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