Knitting Your First Socks: Your First Mistakes

So, in knitting my first pair of socks, I learned quite a bit; both because I was attempting something new and because I made a ton of mistakes.

Sock knitting wasn’t as scary as I thought it would be. This is big part thanks to Wickwum Mom’s tutorial. (If you’re feeling intimidated by the idea of making a sock…I highly recommend you check out her website AND her facebook group. It was really easy to follow and the online group is incredibly encouraging and helpful.)

I have already mentioned my first pair of socks on this blog in my Afterthought Lifeline post but I wanted to add another quick write-up to a) show off my socks ;) and b) share the two major errors I made so as to help you avoid making the same mistakes.

And so, here we go!

a) Show off socks!

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Yup, pretty darn proud of these socks!  Mistakes and all!

b) Share mistakes! Continue reading Knitting Your First Socks: Your First Mistakes

NYC + Yarn Addict = Vogue Knitting Live

B and I are presently in New York City on a mini-vacation.  Our first time in NYC.  I came originally to see a play but during the planning stages, a friend who lives here told me that there was a large knitting event taking place on the same weekend as my arrival.  She was a member of our knitting/hiking group in Iceland last summer so of course she had to bring the event to my attention.  Wool Sisters Unite!

Vogue Knitting Live was huge and overwhelming and inspiring…every colour, every fibre, every weight….of yarn!  And I thought I would share some of the highlights :)

Vogue Knitting Live
A marketplace on two floors??? Yes please!

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6th floor of the Marriot Marquis taken over by yarn and fibre artists and vendors!  Times this by two for the complete marketplace experience!

Two floors of vendors…vendors that spilled out of the main floors and into the surrounding hallways.  Yarn spillage!  Here, I’ll help clean it up!

Continue reading NYC + Yarn Addict = Vogue Knitting Live

Lifelines for Knit Socks? Hell yes!

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Sock #1 – My very first sock ever! And it fits! ….*Just* fits. It had better not shrink! :P

I recently reblogged a really helpful post on lifelines, but I have decided to share my experience because a lifeline absolutely saved my knitting last night!  (NOTE: This post is about lifelines and stockinette stitches.)

I have read about them before and they always sound like a great idea…for someone else. ;)  Often I’m excited about my project and I just want to get going.

*knit! knit! knit! purl! purl!*  (Okay, not sure what pattern THIS is but bear with me…it’s an example) So, I’m happily knitting, purling and a lifeline wants me to pause the happy energy to start with a needle and thread?

As I say, it doesn’t often happen.

BUT last night I discovered that one can add a lifeline after the fact!

No need to pause the *knit! knit! knit!* until you get to “oh crap!  grrrr”.  Then, when you’re paused anyway (and panicking because you need to frog back) you can take a deep breath, pour yourself a cup of tea (or a glass of wine!), calm yourself and add a lifeline where you need it to be.

At least with stockinette stitches you can….other stitches=different process.

So back to my experience….Yesterday I was knitting sock #2 of a pair.  My very first pair of socks ever!

Continue reading Lifelines for Knit Socks? Hell yes!

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