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Not much I don’t like…

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?


I’m a thirty-something who lives in Cincinnati, OH. Crafting, for me, started young - I can’t even recall a time I wasn’t crafty in some way. My first foray into yarn was doing plastic canvas embroidery and making Barbie doll furniture. Not long after that I learned to crochet from a book my grandmother gave me after asking to learn what she was doing (she crochets, afghans mostly these days). After that, I took up counted cross stitch and then came sewing when I took two fashion design classes in high school. My mom had a sewing machine from my great grandmother and I taught myself to sew from patterns on it. I still use this same sewing machine today! I started knitting in 2004 when a co-worker was pregnant with her first child and I wanted to make something for her. I bought a “learn to knit kit” from Lion Brand for a baby hat and booties set. I did make the baby hat and booties (with very few problems) and ended up gifting them to the co-worker. I wanted to make a blanket, but I wasn’t quite able to get that done in time since it took a lot longer then I’d imagined! It wasn’t until the end of 2004/early 2005 that knitting really took a hold of me. Now I love knitting and almost always have a project with me, even if it’s just something small when I’m out and about. I like a wide range of projects depending on my mood. Sometimes I like a good challenge knit and other times I enjoy a lot of stockinette or garter stitch. I love Ravelry for keeping track of my projects and for finding new things to knit - I feel like I’m always spending time on there! It’s also a great place for getting to know other knitters, crocheters, and various fiber enthusiasts. In the fall of 2008, I purchased a spinning wheel from someone on Craigslist. It’s a Babe Fiber Starter, single treadle wheel and after a bit of trouble getting used to it, I’ve managed to spin up some fiber. In January of 2012, I found someone local that was selling their Lendrum DT and it came to live with me! The Babe now lives with Jen (aka piddleloop) and she’s learning to spin. I’m still trying to find time to spin along with knitting, crocheting (occasionally), and whatever else is going on, but I work it in here and there. I’m sure there’s something I might have left out here, so if there’s anything else you want to know about me, just ask :o)

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