Friday, February 22, 2008

First Colorful Step Toward Goals

Hi Fearless ladies! I finally have something to contribute to the KAL...not much knitting time and when I have it, I've been finishing off some gifts lately instead of working on new, exciting techniques. But I'm a bit closer to one of my goals for this KAL...becoming comfortable with sock knitting. So I finally finished the pair of socks I started last fall. You can see more details if you are interested at my blog.

The first was knit with the help of a class instructor...the second was knit on my own over the past few weeks. I like how they turned out but I do have a couple questions for any of you willing to answer...

I did have a bit of a ladder problem but it was just when I had to K1, SSK at the start of a needle. I pulled as tight as I could but still seemed to have this problem. Suggestions anyone of anything I can do except just pull even tighter??

Finally, I got 'the hole'. The dreaded hole. Only on one side of the heel but there is a hole and I wanted to know if anyone had suggestions for that. It's a slip-knit heel flap which I think is pretty standard. It seems I heard from somewhere that maybe if you slip that first stitch knitwise instead of purlwise...or you twist it some way...or you knit that first stitch of the first row of the heel instead of slipping it...I'll stop but I'd welcome suggestions.

As for now, I think that I'll be casting on another pair this weekend (once I decide on a pattern). I'm also close to being able to cast on one or two other things that will work toward my goals of this KAL...I'll update as I go cuz I'm sure I'll have questions and need some support!

Monday, February 11, 2008

Hello There!

I finally managed to join in here, so I thought I'd write up a post real quick to introduce myself. My name's Kris, I'm 22, and I've been knitting for about 2 years now. And I finally decided to start tackling some projects that I've been avoiding like the plague. I'm fanning through the web to find some good beginners patterns, but I'm planning to delve into socks, lace, and fair isle this year. These are all things that I never thought I'd be able to do, but I'm determined. There's just way too many pretty things out there that I'd be missing out on! Looking forward to working on these with you all!

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Another one!

I have started another colorwork project. The actual knitting is going well, but I am having trouble getting them to fit me.

I do know a kid that likes purple and pirates, so at least they have a recipient.

How's Everyone Doing?

Hi! I hope your week is going well!

I wanted to check in and see how everyone's getting along on their projects. Please post your project pics if you're working on anything!

I started the Blue Light Special hat, but I've since stalled. I think I should have chosen a two color fair isle project rather than a four color. The tangling strands are driving me batty!

I've since started a two at a time toe-up sock pattern, which confronts another fear of mine (two at a time AND toe up...eek!). I'll post pictures as soon as I can.

What are you working on right now? Have you run into any problems you need help with? Let's see some fearless knitting!