Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Almost finished...

I am so glad I didn't give up on this, when it wasn't working the way I thought it should. It's kind of hard to tell what part I just finished, but now all I have left is the foot and toe. I've been thinking about making a video to put on youtube that shows how to clearly make socks. Some of the videos I watched explained well but the picture was fuzzy. Those with clear pictures made no sense! I may do that with the next one if I decide to make this into a pair.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Follow the directions.

So, yesterday after turning the heel on the sock pattern, I had to work on the gusset next. I watched several videos, but wasn't ready to make the next step and tackle it. The heel flap looked huge. Today I decided to give it a try and hope that it worked. When I re-read the directions it kept saying to pick up and stitch half of what I had. It confused me until I read the previous instructions and realized that instead of doing 20 rows on the heel flap, I did 40! All because I did not read the instructions right.

So being extremely careful, I ripped out all the stitches I did yesterday and the day before and started doing the heel flap again. This is the second time I have messed up because I read the directions too fast and thought I knew what it said when I was wrong. Slow down, Noel!

I hope by tomorrow I'll be ready to work on the gusset. I'm thankful for folks on youtube that I can watch their how to video's and learn to do this right. That and reading the book again and again has been really helpful.

I did not like the book I got at first because I found it hard to read. My teacher kept telling me to read the book when I got stuck. Not that I wanted her to do it all for me, but I have usually been better at learning a new task when I see it done in person. Not read about it in a book. But not being able to take another knitting lesson, I've been able to do nothing but read the book!

I found if I read it several times and then watch it on youtube, I can usually figure it out. In fact, I've now grown to love this book. The directions are vague and the pictures don't explain much and when they do they are confusing, but I like challenges and this is simply another puzzle piece to figure out!

The book is starting to grow on me and I look forward in anticipation to making the other socks in the book. There is even a pair of slipper socks using warm fuzzy yarn. I'm picturing having them done for christmas presents.

Until next time!

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Making of a sock

I've wanted to give up a few times in learning to knit socks, but I'm glad I've stuck with it. It's actually looking like a sock so far! Now, if I can just learn how to do turn the heel. Only a few more steps to go after that part. Which seems to be the hardest thing yet to learn.


Scarf

Here is a picture of my sister wearing the scarf I made her. I bought the yarn Tuesday afternoon and worked from morning until night for three days to get it done by Saturday. Literally. I don't want to go through that again! But hearing Angel say again and again that she liked it was worth getting it done in time.
That's the hat I gave Tori but Angel claimed it as hers, so this week I'm making another hat for tori. Two actually. That same color and a purple one. Will post up pics when I get it done.

Blessing bags completed.

The first batch of blessing bags have been completed. Here are the last of them. Next challenge is to make 25 more in a Christmas...