There’s not much I can really say that I don’t like about knitting. Most of it I have picked up with ease and continue to do so. From the basic pattern to the complex, I can do it. I’m not trying to brag here, but I feel like I’m just a natural at it. I love to knit and I can’t believe it took me so long to try it! Anyhow, there IS a point to this…. to show that not everything knitting comes to me easily and I do struggle with certain techniques.
I like sock knitting. It’s quick, portable knitting and patterns range from easy to complicated (not to mention all the yarns and patterns to choose from!). I’m a top-down sock knitter, though. I have the top-down thing mastered. I’m even all about the DPN’s over the magic loop thing. Aside from the very first sock I knit which was toe-up and after it was done was abandoned and the second sock never came to be…. I don’t suffer from “second sock syndrome” and always get the pair completed. I strongly believe that the reason the first sock I ever knit never got a mate was because it was toe-up.
I hate toe-up socks! I really, really struggle with it. It takes so much effort to get them started while I wrestle with the needles and yarn multiple times to get it to come out right. Pffft. Who needs toe-up socks?! Not me that’s for sure.
Now, I know that there are benefits to knitting socks toe-up. The fit is much more adjustable and you don’t knit the whole leg and then find out that there’s no way the foot part will ever fit your feet (like my recent attempt at the Monkey socks). Baudelaire didn’t work out so good, though…. that was toe-up and I had to scrap that whole thing because once I got the heel done they didn’t fit! At any rate, I’m really trying to give it a go. I joined a sock-knitting Yahoo! group and the pattern for Feb/Mar is toe-up. I know there’s some modifications I want to make as I go along and the best way will be to do this toe-up. Hopefully I’ll get the hang of the whole toe-up sock thing, but I’ll tell you that so far it’s not going well. I’ve had 4 starts on the toe already and I think I may finally have gotten it right and the toe is starting to take shape.
Send me luck with these darn things!
PS: What is there that you struggle with in knitting?