My First Sock

I completed my first sock.  It was a lot of fun, and I'm pleased with the results, but not enough to finish the pair.  I have enough yarn to make another pair so I'm going to start again with smaller needles.  I did the first one with size 5 and am going to try 3's instead.  There seemed to be a lot of open space in the stitches.

I also need to practice closing the toe so it looks a little neater, and I'm not happy with the instep.  When I picked up the stitches on the side that shows in the picture, they were very loose.  I've received some suggestions on how to correct that and will try them on my next sock.

a stitch in time

While working on my very first knitting project, a simple scarf with a straight knit row after row after row... with the occasional yarn change for stripes... I felt the need to try something else, something different.

I learned to purl continental and learned a really easy but impressive looking waffle stitch pattern to start another scarf...

And then I started a simple hat, knitting in the round. All the other kids were doing it so I decided to give it a go.

I decided to make the hat ribbed with a basic 1x1 rib (knit1 purl1)... I fould myself modifying my finger configuration and knitting process to work with the knit one, purl one pattern.

Stitches West 2005

Knitting Convention held at the Santa Clara Convention Center; classes and a yarn market. Feb 10-13.

More details here : www.knittinguniverse.com.

Bay Area based knitters interested in attending might want to car pool or take CalTrain down there as a feral knitting pack.

Out-of-towners are welcome to say "hi" and raise a tankard together at the local pub and meet your knitting brethern.

Ode to opposible thumbs...

I've only been knitting for about 3 weeks now; my friend Stephen taught me after he caught the knitting bug ("the only man who could ever teach me, was the son of a preacher man...").

As an artist who's been laying fallow for way too long, it was a great joy to be making things with my hands again... the low bar for entry was a big plus (though my yarn habit is beginning to get out of control, pretty soon I'll need a sponsor, an intervention or sheep).

It was frustrating the first couple hours trying to get the points of my needles under the tight stitches... I was pinching the yarn loose at every stitch and there was none of the grace of more seasoned knitters around me...

Monday Night Knits

Cafe owner & fellow knitter Vince reserves the comfy couches for knitters every Monday night from 7pm to closing.

This is a mixed group, gals and guys... your chance to see what the distaff side has been up to with their yarn & sticks.

This Monday, Vince will be photographing knitters with their latest projects for the video wall. Bring your flashest knitting and show off!

Knit Ties

I picked up some sock yarn a couple weeks ago, looking forward to making my first pair of socks.  I've been lusting after some Schoeller + Stahl Fortissima Colori, but decided to go with Lion Brand Magic Stripes for my first attempt.  It took awhile to get started (my first time on 3 needles), but once I got going I really liked the colors and the pattern of the stripes.  I decided it would make a great looking tie and ripped out my sock.  Interweave had a couple good looking ties in their winter issue, but I also found a very simple pattern on (where else) the Lion website.  I've been working on it for 2 nights now, and I've got about 5 inches of tie done....51 to go.   I'm hoping to get it done before knit ties make a comeback and everybody is wearing one.