OKknitguy's blog

pair or socks

Margaret at Gourmet Yarn Co, my LYS, took this picture of me with my last pair of socks. Don't look at my stomach. I look pregnant! Anyway, I love the socks. I think they were made out of Shaefer Yarn, color Lola I believe. Anyway, they are my best pair yet. I learned how to do the tubular bind off and it defnitely works the best.

OK, I'm alive!

I've been so busy, I haven't logged in forever. I apologize to all you guys. Winter is just killer for me at work. I'm still knitting though. I am doing socks this year. I've finished about 5 pair so far. I have learned the joys of doing toe up with the magic cast on for magic loop. Its wonderful. I also do garter heels and all the girls at the store think that its silly, but I like them better. They are easier to do in short row I think. Anyway, I keep knitting away when I can. Hey, I was wondering, can you or can you not take knitting on planes. People tell me that you can, but then I see sites on the airways site that say they get confiscataed etc... What is the general rule nowadays on knitting on planes? I have a trip to Hawaii in about 6 weeks and I could probably get several socks done while in the air. Let me know. Anyway, its good to be back.


Yarn disaster

OK, here's the picture of when I pulled out the wrong needle doing magic loop on a pair of socks at LYS. They keep cameras sitting around for just such emergencies! As you can tell, my hair has grown out quite a bit. I haven't shaved it since July 1st! Anyway, I think they are pretty funny pictures. Enjoy!


long time no blog

Ok, I've kinda been gone for like forever. Been way too busy at work. Anyway, I"m mastering socks. Trouble with tension at first, I was much too loose, but now I have my tension problems solved. Also, learned toe up and I love it. I couldn't figure out the short row heel that stickywarp talked about till I had someone help me at the LYS, but after I got it done, its not bad at all. I have two toe up socks going. I did the short row heel on the 2nd today and I breezed thru it. Once you get the hang of it, you really don't even need to look at the patter again. I'm doing them on magic loop. While at the yarn store, I pulled on my one needle, and accidently pulled on the wrong one and pulled it out of all my loops. I screamed! Everyone was laughing hysterically and they took a picture of me. I don't look like my current picture. I have grown my hair out for the winter and I kinad look like a cross between Mike Brady and Willie Wonka. Margaret said she's send me a copy of me in distress and if so, I"ll post it on the page. Anyway, I haven't been abducted by aliens or anything, just really busy. That's all for now. Happy knitting!


Tip on Tension

Hey guys,
I continental knit. Its okay for big stuff and for felting etc, but I have always had trouble with my tension when doing little stuff. My recent ventures on doing socks have not been pretty. I am a very very loose knitter and they just weren't turning out well at all. I almost always drop a few needle sizes anyway, but you can't get much smaller and a 0 or a 1. Well, anyway, I always wrapped my yarn around my pinkie finger of my left hand. I found that I tended to hold my pinkie out in space a bit, kinda like when you hold a tea cup, so I wan't keeping the yarn tight enough. I began wrapping my yarn around my ring finger and its a million times better. My current sock actually is tight and looks like a sock! If any of you other continental knitters have tension problems, give that a try!