It's hard to believe I've already been knitting for 6 months and I still love it.
I'm still working on that baby blanket....I can see the finish line now. That hurdle stitch really gets boring after a while. But with the doubled-up baby yarn it's a heavy blanket and should keep the little one pretty warm this coming winter.
I was playing a game of chess on the internet with a fellow from South Africa. We chatted a bit after the game (which I miraculously won) and then I mentioned that I needed to get back to my knitting.
He said "You knit!. You mean you are a GRANDMA."
(translation: You mean I just got beaten at chess by a grandma?")
I replied "Not Grandma....Grandpa"
Somehow that made him feel better although he was quite amused at meeting a male knitter.
Anyways, in the midst of the baby blanket, socks, striped scrap yarn scarf, and lace scarf project, I've started on a crystal pink lace stole or wrap. It's the most challenging project I've worked on yet.
I've been having a bugger of a time with the SSK stitch having to wrestle with it and try to corral it like a wayward steer. I set the work aside thinking of what I could do to make that stitch a little easier. Then the AHAA moment came. One of the stitches in the pattern is either a ktbl or ptbl (Knit or Purl through the back loop). It struck me that knitting through the back loop of 2 stitches would be the same as SSK!
I mentioned this to my yarn guru (my wife) and she quickly cast on a few stitches. Her hands a blur of knitting action. She did an SSK then came back around a couple rows later and did the K2TOGTBL (at least that's what I'm calling it), and exclaimed "By golly you're right!." Since we are both working on projects with similar patterns we found that the K2TOGTBL is a lot less frustrating than the SSK and even easier than the Slip, Knit, PSSO for left-leaning decreases. It is a little tricky when the second stitch is a yarn-over (YO), but pulling down on the piece opens up the stitches for this to work quite nicely.
And now back to knitting.....