Archive for June, 2006

Hobby Lobby had a sale

I just joined a loom knitting dishcloth group, and I needed some cotton yarn. So I went to hobby lobby yesterday to get some. I figured I could afford 3 or 4 balls, but when I got there they were having a sale! I was able to get 10 pretty balls of yarn! They also had a knitting board for WAY CHEEP and I picked up a few yarn needles! Money is really tight right now, and it was nice to be able to get so much and still stay within my budget.
 
I posted a picture of my goodies so you can see.

New removal method

I’m really excited to try out a new discovery! A lady posted in one of the loom knitting groups I belong to, that she really liked reading every ones blogs, and thought she would give it a try. So I went to take a look, and I’m sooo glad I did. On her blog she has posted the type of removal method she used for doing socks.
 
Normally I use a zig zag method to remove the sock from the loom and close the sock toe. (where you use a needle and some yarn and zig zag from peg to peg across the loom) I haven’t been all that thrilled about this way of doing it, but it’s the only way I knew of. With this new way, (Kitchener Stitch ) you use two knitting needles to remove the sock off the loom, then you make the closure off the needles. This way uses a LOT less yarn, and gives a much nicer finished product! After watching the movie (click on Kitchener stitch above and scroll down to see the movie) a few times through, I’m pretty sure I will be able to do it.

Third Pair

I finished my third pair last night. These are for me. The first ones were for my daughter, and the second for my son. I thought it was time I made some for me.
 
I think they actually came out cute! I made them from the wool sock yarn I bought from knit picks. (at least that’s what about half of each sock is made of. It’s a good thing I like ankle socks. LOL!)  If you read some of my previous posts, you know I didn’t buy enough yarn, but I like the way they turned out anyway.

Not so bad

I’ve finished one sock, and I’m about half way done with the second. They are actually turning out pretty cool! I think I like having the colors the way they are. I don’t think my sock boo boo was such a bad thing after all! I’ll post pictures as soon as I finish.

More sock related boo boos

Goodness, I’m on a role with sock boo boos.
 
If you recall, I was able to buy some nice wool sock yarn as part of my mothers day gift. I don’t know very much about the nice sock yarn, so I didn’t know how much I needed to buy. I was very happy when I went to the knit picks website, and they had a recommended purchase amount for each sock yarn type. There were some that several hanks were recommended, but then there were some where only one or two hanks were recommended. I shed away from the ones were several were recommended, because that was more than I wanted to pay for a pare of socks. I ended up purchasing three were only one hank was recommended, thinking the reason only one was recommended is that the hanks must be larger than the other ones. I mean why else would only one be recommended?!
 
Well I got about half way through my first sock and discovered….. You guessed it. I DON’T HAVE ENOUGH YARN FOR TWO SOCKS! I don’t know where knit picks got there recommended purchase amount, but they were WAY off!
 
I guess you live and you learn. Next time I’ll have a better idea of how much I REALY need.

His socks are done

Well after the feasco of the socks I tried to crochet for my son (I had to rip them out, b/c I didn’t have enough yarn for two) I altered the style I made for him. I decided since my knitting looms are easier on my arthritis, I would knit the socks instead of crochet them. I shortened the top of the socks, and made the toe in red yarn instead of the multi colored yarn.
 
When I was done, not only did I have enough yarn for both socks, but I had a little bit left over.  

One down one to go

I’ve finished knitting one sock for my son, and shortening the top seams to have done the trick. Judging from the size of the ball left, I believe I will have enough to complet TWO socks. hehe
 
I’ll post picks when I get the second one done.  

Oops!

  Guess what….
 
I was going to finish my sons crochet socks, but I discovered I don’t have enough yarn to actually make a sock for BOTH of his feet. I bought a different brand of yarn than I normally use, and apparently there wasn’t as much of it. I can’t buy any more yarn, so I pulled out what I have done and I’m starting over yet again, but this time I’m going to make the socks much shorter at the top. Hopefully that will give me enough yarn to actually make TWO socks.

Got both

  My sock yarn got here yesterday! (my son helped me to wind it in to balls this morning) So far so good on the new loom. I haven’t had too much trouble wrapping it. I’ve never owned a pare of wool socks before, so this is a really neat thing for me.
 
My first socks I’m going to make for myself are made with a color called flower power. As you can probably tell by its name, the colors look like they came out of the 60’s. hehe it has green, orange, red, and yellow. 

Extra fine guage sock loom

My new sock loom got here yesterday. It looks great! I can’t wait to try it out, but I can’t do that until my sock yarn gets here, and that could take another two weeks. *sigh*
 
I think this new loom is going to be a challenge to wrap, because they weren’t kidding about it being extra fine gauge. There’s barley any space between the pegs! There is no way I could use any thing thicker than fingering wait yarn with it, but that’s what I needed to get the look I want. I think it will be worth the extra wrapping time.