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Friday, August 3, 2012

On The Needles Report


June socks are D-O-N-E!  I love that feeling of finishing the last knitted stitch, but even better is when you weave in the last thread tail.  For some reason I REALLY dislike weaving in thread tails.  That means for now, there is no WAY I would do stripes, unless I use self-striping yarn!

And the really great news… I have persevered!


I’M DOING IT!  I’m actually doing 2 socks at once!  I did 2-at-a-time when I first started knitting, cuff down.  It seemed so slow, but then I was knitting English style.  I abandoned that method because it seemed to take forever to see progress, and I got tired of struggling with thread tangled and wrapped up.  Plus, one sock is much more portable than the 2 hooked together.  Now that I have changed to Continental style, toe-up socks,  my knitting goes twice as fast and I have tried several times to go back to 2-a-a-t socks but got very frustrated with the yarn ball tangles.  I decided to give it one LAST try and here we are. 

I don’t cast them on at the same time because I use a Cat Bordhi wrapped cast-on technique, which would be very hard to do with 2-a-a-t.    I cast one on, knit until all toe increases are done.  Cast another one on (separate needles), knit through toe increases, and then put them on the needles together.  I got it all mixed up when I combined the 2 socks and spent about 45 minutes trying to figure out which one was on the wrong needle and turned the wrong way.

But we are “cooking with peanut oil now!”  (TRIVIA:  Can you name the reality TV show that line is from?)  All is well, I am up and knitting 2, and unless I get totally frustrated by thread tangles we are good to go!

Now back to the needles.  Oh yes, I am supposed to be quilting and sewing today.   I realized mid-morning I was not in the mood for either, I wanted to watch the Olympics and knit, so that is exactly what I have done.  Quilting/sewing will take place tomorrow because I have finished all customer quilts in the house.  Two days in a row forME…. YAH!

And the answer to the TRIVIA question… “Duck Dynasty”, of course!  If you haven’t watched it you are missing out on some good ol’ Redneck fun.  I can say this because my neck is pretty red, and I have pictures to prove it.  But that is a post for another day!

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  1. Good luck with the 2 at a time. I have yet to learn to do socks but I am getting closer.

  2. I've knit two socks at a time, but on separate needles. Does that count? I don't like the twisting yarn when I work on one set of needles.

    Love the pair of red socks. Very nice!

  3. Great looking socks! I tried 2-a-a-t but got them all twisted up. Since I do most of my sock knitting in the car while I'm waiting for my son, I stick to one at a time. Then all I have to worry about is the ball rolling away from me - and it does sometimes -the other day I got it caught in the door. Good thing it was black yarn. Have a great weekend!

  4. I've learned several methods of knitting socks but just didn't seem to love the two at a time quite so much. I think it's because I feel like I'm starting two projects and finishing two projects when I do them individually.

  5. I love doing socks 2 at a time - no second sock syndrome. I use the magic loop method - I tried using the 2 circular needles, that drove me crazy. Love the red socks!

  6. the only way I knit two at a time is on 8 needles...side by side socks....Hooray for you for figuring it out...
    I suppose that's on my to do list...

    Isn't; it funny how some projects call to you on some days and some call on other days?


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