DPN vs Circ Sock Battle

Okay, not battle exactly, but what I have experienced with first wooden DPNs, then metal DPNs, and then circulars while on my first and second pairs of socks.

I started mt first sock in Patton’s sock yarn, color Clover, in  . . . . April? Beginning of April. I already had the yarn, cast on with wooden size 1/2.25mm double pointed needle. It was okay – the wood has a good grip on the yarn, but between my cat and my own clumsiness, two needles were down. Though I technically had enough to carry on with the sock, I bought a set of Addi Flip Stix, same size as my wooden set. Flip Stix have a blunt end, and a more pointed end. I liked them right from the start. Being metal they are more sliding around but when I am knitting fast, that is what I want. Transporting them is more difficult because of said sliding though. Some sheep point protectors cured that.

A few weeks ago, I finished my first pair of socks and started on my second. A friend knitting her first pair of socks recommended 9″ circulars, as that is what she was using and zipping along. So I decided to give a go. I LOVE them. Love love love love. It took some getting used to the small circs? But I am already on the heel of one sock and almost to the heel of the other. DPNs are still needed for said heel, but it is going quite well.

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Crazies and Fiber

Today I got to go to the first annual Big Timber fiber fest! As this is it’s first year, it was a little small, but it was a lot of fun. My husband accompanied me on this trip, so he got to simply exist and people watch to his heart’s content, though I did hear him talking fiber with some of the ladies there. Guess he really does listen when I go off on fiber tangents.  🙂

We got to watch a sheep sheering demo – the lady sheering started because there was

no one else to sheer them.

Hitting the Crazies on the way back.

Yarn I picked up at the fest. The cones are mill spun, but where

a really good price. The purple is Merino/silk blend.

Foggy Morning + Knitting

This morning my husband start a fire going in our wood stove, so by the time I woke up, it was going good. To top my morning off, the coffee is still hot and fog is thick enough in my neck of the woods that I can barely see the tops of the mountains. Looks a bit Silent Hill-like between the houses. These are my favorite mornings.

In knitting news, last night I turned my first heal on my first knitted sock, and started the gusset. Even better? The ladies at Open Knit Night said I had done it right – and I cannot tell you how excited I am. All the socks!!! They may become Yule and Christmas presents . . next year.

I am using Patons Kroy FX sock yarn, in Clover. While I didn’t want to break out the super nice sock yarn for my first couple pairs of socks? I really like this yarn, and will probably use it a lot more. The pattern is Churchmouse Classics – Basic Sock. I really like this pattern so far, as it is more of a sock recipe, and that is awesome.

The Fuck It Hat

A friend and I want to learn how to do stranded color work while knitting, so she urged me to actually make a hat that has been in my Ravelry Library for a while – The Fuck It Hat, by Not A Lazy Suzen.

I used Schoppel-Wolle for both the grey and variegated yarn. As this is my first stranded knitting project, there are some things I had problems with, and some things I am not sure how to fix. However, I did know enough to realize that the first incarnation of this hat I had to frog, as it was all puckered – that will not block out and means I had one or both of the yarns too tight.

Cabling Weekend

This weekend we went up to visit my parents outside of Great Falls, and on the way up I started Grace Hat by Brome Fields.  This is my first time cabling – right outside of Ulm too. 

And I frogged it. Mind you, it is only because the hat ended up being too small. So I have re-started it, and am almost done. For a 24″ head? Add in two more cable sets, at 6 stitches each, 12 stitches.

Tada!

I learned a thing!

Morning Musings . . .

I went to the Thursday open knit night at Yarn Scout for the first time last night, and it was nice being able to knit with other women, and ask questions. Or, at least have the option to ask questions. We talked about doing a KAL that Kristine Campbell is putting out towards the end of the month, or maybe it is the beginning of December. From what I gathered, it would be a KAL where you would have the pattern before hand, knitting only 4 rows of pattern a day. However, you would receive an email every day on something you can do about peace in your life. I want to do this.

Another thing I want to do is give my Not A Noro scarf another try. I was inspired by the post over at Brooklyn Tweed to make a Noro scarf, only I couldn’t find any Noro I really wanted to use at the time, but I had a couple skeins of Painted Sky ready in my stash. I ended up frogging the whole thing due to curling. IF I had read the post more closely, I do not think I would have had the same issue, as they used a 1×1 ribbing that LOOKS like Stockinette, and I used Stockinette, thus curling.

So, here is to hopefully learning form one’s mistakes and giving it another go.