|It wasn't until the last stitch....
||[Feb. 2nd, 2012|10:20 pm]
...that I realized something was wrong. Very wrong.
Yes, that's a sock cuff...but wait...why are two of four needles lying there loose? What happened to the nice triangle?
Clearly, I'm not ready to watch TV while knitting sock cuffs. It was getting harder and harder...I thought maybe I was just tired. Um...no. Now I have to figure out how to re-insert the third needle.
And it was all going so well. I thought.
One needle has 21 stitches on it; the other has the other 41. Sigh. I feel really, really stupid. [pause] OK, I did that, and now it's back on 3 needles, 21, 20, and 21. Whew. But it sure looked funny and I sure felt stupid.
I'm not sure I can claim to be knitting a sock until I'm at the tough part of it...at this point I'm knitting a cuff. Not feeling like a genius tonight.
The cuff is between 1.75 and 2 inches long...and I started this thing a week ago. So...being generous and calling it 2 inches in the first week, I might be through the cuff in another two weeks. Then it gets interesting. I've looked at the videos for turning a heel. I've read directions. I've looked at the socks my mother knit. And what would really really help (for me) is a diagram with each part of the cuff-ankle-heel color-coded with the direction of the "lines" and related to the directions. I may have to make such a diagram for myself.
As for your daughter...if she keeps laughing at you about the scarf, threaten to laugh at her the next time she's trying to learn some skill.
Well done on the rescue (and I love that shade of red -- looks wonderfully warm and cosy). And you're not the first person to do that either.
As for sock heels, I've found that the best way to proceed is to just stop thinking about it and follow the directions. Because reading them somehow doesn't make sense. Then once you've done it, you understand it.Here's
a link to page on the anatomy of socks with some example heels.
And this is why I prefer Magic Loop. Just sayin'
I could never get the hang of using only 4 needles to knit socks with. When my mom made socks, she used 5 and that's how I learned. It's so much easier to manipulate things with 5 needles. DPNs used to be sold in packs of 5. I'm not sure when that changed.
But congratulations on getting socks started.
My mother's sets of DPNs are all four to a set, and I would judge (by, for instance, the kind of plastic in the plastic ones) that they're from 50-60 years old. She had some older needles when I was in high school (probably from late 30s through 40s) but then bought some new needles when she started knitting a lot again (60s & 70s.) Her eyesight started failing badly in the 1980s, and she died in 1990, so I know she bought no new needles after 1980, and she had so many in the early '70s she built a cabinet to hold her knitting and crochet and embroidery gear. She used more--I remember seeing her with 5--but said she had to buy multiple sets to get them. OTOH, South Texas wasn't a very high-volume market for knitting materials, at least back then, and it may be that the local stores stocked only minimal tools.
I'm going to try five when I find (or buy) another set.
Yes, older American needles did very often only come in sets of 4. I was an instant convert to 5 needles after my first trip to Europe, and that occasionally meant I had to buy 2 sets to get five in the US, which was annoying. But in recent years the increasing globalization of the market means that more and more often the major manufacturers are selling sets of 5.
This is good for them because they can charge more ;) and get fewer complaints, and it's good for us because now we have a choice: if you really prefer to use only 4 you can always, like, buy five and *not use* one of them. ;)
(KnitPicks sells their wood DPNs in sets of six in case you break one. I find that charming.)
Since I have KnitPicks cable needles and one set of their straights, I may go with their DPNs too. The aluminum ones inherited from my mother are SO slippery that I've lost part of the sock off one several times. Another thing of theirs I'm liking is the heavy plastic needle-gauge and swatch gauge, with the magnifying strip to count stitches or rows, and a handy red line for the standard lengths (it has cm on one side, inches on the other.) MUCH better than my mother's ancient cardboard one (no magnifier. Boy, do I love the magnifier.)
I have an old cardboard gauge of my mom's too, a Red Cross one from WW2, which I treasure but never use. Besides liking to work on 5 needles, I'm also a convert to measuring needles in millimeters.
I like the KnitPicks laminated wood needles a lot -- they have a nice balance between too slippery and too grabby for wool.
Any virtual knitting handholding I can do from a couple of thousand miles away, BTW, I am always happy to do ;)
Edited at 2012-02-04 05:08 pm (UTC)