Monday, May 26, 2008

a magical memorial day

When I woke up this morning, a little before 10 a.m., I lounged in bed, my favourite thing to do, and then I thought to myself, "What better way to spend my day off than learning The Magic Loop method for knitting socks!"

I pulled out:
I proceeded to, don't fall over, read the directions.
And then I, don't fall over again, followed the instructions.

I practiced and practiced and then decided that I would KICK it up a notch!
I wanted to learn how to cast on for a toe up sock using the magic loop method.

I flipped to the back of the book and began to read the instructions.
They didn't make any sense to me.

So I went to Ravelry to find a different cast on method for the magic loop and
  1. Read my mesages.
  2. Read the replies to my posts {other ravelers want to join my group!}.
  3. Searched for Douceur et Soie yarn - was anyone selling their stash? because I need about 7 skeins of a mohair/silk blend for Lucetta and Rowan's Kid Silk Haze is a bit pricey.
  4. Searched for Douceur et Soie yarn online - who sells it? what's the best price?
  5. Remembered that I had originally gone to Ravelry to find a better way to cast on other than the Figure 8 method.
  6. Searched on the Ravelry Wiki pages for cast on methods, didn't find anything.
  7. Went to the Forums and searched for "Figure 8 cast on."
  8. Found posts in the Magic Loop Group - people were singing the praises of Judy's Magic Cast-On.

I asked Dave to help me because I couldn't figure it out.
I went back to The Magic Loop instructions, and suddenly it all made sense!

I'm thrilled! I just pulled on the loose stitches to get them tighter and I'm swooning!

this time with flash

before I ripped, I checked to see how other ravelers' windowpane socks were going.
some VERY smart knitter used a larger needle

so as I was ripping and feeling sorry for myself, I got down to the last two rows before the ribbing and decided to pick up the stitches with a US2

I'm happy to say that things are going much better
it's still a little tight over my heel, but I'm going to continue

windowpane, take 2

Sunday, May 25, 2008

finished, and R.I.P.

Finished: Warm Thoughts, Paton design,
Patons Decor in Aran and Chocolate
US 11
Mailed priority to my father on a Saturday, received on a Monday!

R.I.P.: Windowpane Socks
Interweave Knits Summer 08
Koigu KPPM in Charcoal and a pretty speckled yellow
US 1


I'm on my last skein for the afghan for Norma.

I'm off now to find a new project.