Kids do the cutest things

Last Sunday my husband, my Mother in Law and I went to our friends house for dinner. I brought my sock project with me to work on while I was there. Now, my husband is their daughter Victoria’s Godfather and all night she referred to him as “Godfather” It was completely adorable! 

Victoria was very curious about my knitting and was watching me intently for a while. She asked if I could teach her and I promised when she learned to read (she is not quite 4 yet) I would show her how to knit. I am thinking if she really does want to try, I will buy her one of those knitting tube for kids. I kind of felt bad. I didn’t want her to think I believed she couldn’t do it but I can’t imagine teaching a 4 yr old to knit. 

After dinner we were all at the table drinking coffee and having a great time. I was sitting there with my socks and again Victoria asked me to teach her. I told her again, when you can read, I will teach you. She assured me she could read very well. She leaves the table and comes back and sits next to me. In her hands she has 2 of those twisty things you close your bread bag with and a sock from her draw. She starts making knitting motions with her hand and informs me that she has learned to knit. She is going to knit a sock for her Godfather! I thought this was the most adorable sight! Gosh was she cute! Before we left she asked me to make her some socks and a hat and I promised I would after I finished her Godfather’s socks. I  went right to Ravelry to find some cute patterns.

About the sock, I have maybe 2 more inches to go before I start shaping the toes. I really had to make it quite long to accommodate the  large circumference of Marc’s foot. I am really happy with my first sock so far.

 

Here is a picture of Victoria at our wedding and the other night with her Godfather.

 

 

Victoria at our wedding

Victoria at our wedding

 

The Godfather

The Godfather

I was victorious over the gusset!

I figured it out and didn’t even need to go to the LYS! It was pouring rain yesterday and super windy. I did not want to get in the car and go to the LYS to get this sock done. There wasn’t even a guarantee anyone that could help me would be there. So, with the help of the links below and my own common sense I gave it a try. If I messed it up then I would go to the LYS and beg for help.

First thing I did was what seemed obvious. I picked up the first set of gusset stiches with the needle end I left off with. It made sense. To complicate things, I had too many stitches. I had to backtrack a little and get rid of some yo’s that I had inadvertently done. My yarn ups cam out great and I picked up the extra stitch and left the marker. OK, it looked good.

 

Picked up first set of gusset stitches

Picked up first set of gusset stitches

Now I had to figure out what the heck she meant by ‘the distant 10’. She says to pick up with the other needle (I will refer to this as the ‘instep needle’) and it sounded like she meant the distant 10 stitches that were on the working needle (we will call this the ‘heal flap needle’). What was throwing me off was that left a big gap where the other side of the gusset stitches were waiting to be picked up. What about them? How was I to get them on the instep needle if I had these 10 stitches hanging on the end? Just to play around I put the stitches on the other needle and looked at it. It didn’t make sense. 

This is where I had the aha moment. If I knit half the instep with the heal flap needle that would give me the required stitch amount + 10 on the heal flap needle.  I would leave the distant 10 on the heal flap needle and go ahead and complete the instep with the  instep needle and then be at the right spot to knit up the other gusset stitches. After I knit up the gusset stitches, then I would transfer over the Distant 10! That made perfect sense!

Here I am after I knit up the second set of gussets. You can see the Distant 10 there ready to be transfered over. Now I have the correct amount of stitches on each needle and I am happy as a pig in $h!t

 

The Distant 10

The Distant 10

Now I could work on the gusset section of the sock. It was quite easy and now I was loving the 2 circular needle method! 

 

Gusset all knitted up

Gusset stitches all picked up

 

 

Knitting the Gusset

Knitting the Gusset

And here is the progress I made by the end of the day. Smooth sailing from here!

 

Toe here I come!

Toe here I come!

Oh happy day!

This Gusset Stuff is Driving me Crazy!

I was really making progress on my first attempt at a sock…. until I finished the heal flap. I got to the section entitled picking up the gusset stitches. I then became totally clueless. I wasn’t sure which end of the needle to use to pick up the stitches first off. Then it tells to you to pick up a stitch at the end and place a marker. A marker for what? Then she says to look at the other end of your needle to see the other stitches waiting to be picked up. Yes I see them. OK. Uh, what do I do with them? The yarn is on the other side of my sock, so I can’t pick them up. Then the directions state to transfer 10 ‘distant stitches to the other needle. What ‘distant stitches’? I have no clue what she means by this. 

I was a little disappointed, but not too worried. I just went to bed and was quite confident I could google around and find answers. Well it wasn’t so easy. There is nothing on the web (that I could find) demonstrated what Cat means by the ‘distant stitches’. What I really need is to see it done. Then I will get it for sure. I checked UTube but there was nothing demonstating the gusset. I searched the Ravelry forums and there were plenty of people stuck at the same spot as me, but no clear answers.

I did find one thread that was a little helpful here. This person was stuck at the same spot as me and he does get some excellent advise that helped me a lot too, but nothing about those ‘distant’ stitches.

What I will have to do is go to the yarn shop with my directions and hope that someone can help me figure out what this means. Otherwise I will email Cat Bordhi with the question and hope she will help me out.

Here is how it looks now:

 

The Sock

The Sock

and here is my heal turn. Not too bad.

 

 

Heal Turn

Heal Turn

On a happier note, I fixed that dropped stitch on the Mangia Shawl. It doesn’t look perfect. You can see it looks a little pulled, but I think it will settle in and loosen up a bit as I continue to work on it.

Here is picture of the fix. A big thank you to Kelley Petkun for her knitpicks podcast number 52 on how to pick up dropped stitches. It was a great help!

Here is the shawl now. Can you see the tightness?

 

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My first pair of socks

I have started my first pair of socks. They are coming along slowly. I am just not used to knitting with such a tiny yarn. I much prefer knitting with bulkier yarn. Here is what I have gotten done so far.

 

 

Here is what I have gotten done so far

Here is what I have gotten done so far

Speaking of socks, I just got a bunch of sock yarn today. There was a LYS in Cold Spring that closed in May 😦 The owner still has lots of inventory and is selling it out of her home in Garrison. I stopped by there today and everything was half off! I got enough yarn to make 6 pairs of socks and a beautiful Wool/Silk blend of Reynolds yarn. I also scapped up some Addi Turbo needles which were priced at 40% off! Here are some pictures of her house and all the yarn she had.

 

Here is the Reynolds yarn

Here is the Reynolds yarn

 

 

 

 

and some of the sock yarn I got

and some of the sock yarn I got

 

Just some of the yarn she offered at half price

Just some of the yarn she offered at half price

 

and even more in her living room

and even more in her living room

 

all over her bed....

all over her bed....

 

The poor woman doesn't even have room for her clothes...

The poor woman doesn't even have room for her clothes...

The least I could do was relieve her of some of her inventory!

Ravelry Rocks!

Wow, what a great weekend. I got all my housework done Friday night and first thing Saturday morning because I was thinking I may finally get my Ravelry invite and I was right! I had a lot of fun setting up my account there. Found myself taking a lot of pictures of my small stash and my various projects. I already have a few friends there and joined a few groups. Would you believe they have a group for Rush fans?! Joined that one right away. They even have a Tarot group! Wow. Every kind of group you can think of, they have.

I also spent a bit of time fixing a dropped stitch on the Mangia Shawl. I went to an old Knitpicks podcast specifically about dropped stitches and it was a big help. A little scary too for sure. It went down 11 rows, so it took a bit of time and concentration, but it is fixed now and I can continue on with it. 

Speaking of Ravelry again, I found out about a yarn shop up near where my ex husband lives and decided to drop in this weekend after I dropped off my daughter. It is called Yarn Central and is located in Hopewell Junction, NY. I can not say enough good things about this store. The woman there was so friendly and welcoming. She was very knowledgeable and helped me pick out a good sock yarn for my first pair of socks. I also picked up Cat Bordhi’s book, Socks Soar on Two Circular Needles. I think this will be the perfect method for me. I can’t wait to visit this store again. It was WELL worth the trip. Even the customers were so friendly and welcoming. They wanted me to stay and knit with them and I just felt so welcome. I even met a woman that belonged to Ravelry. By the time I got home she had added me as a friend. Doesn’t get better than that. Big difference from the Peekskill Yarn shop where I felt like I was interrupting them.

Mangia Shawl

I am making good progress on the Mangia Shawl kit that I bought in Rhinebeck from Decadent Fibers. I am very pleased with it.

dsc03054My sister Kim ordered the same kit from the decadentfibers.com website and is looking forward to starting her shawl on Thanksgiving weekend when we will all be at our Mother’s house upstate. Kim will most likely be borrowing my circular needles so I must be done by then. Just 5 more inches to go and then the ruffley ends.

Once this is complete, I plan on making some hats and mittens with my alpaca yarn and work on the Fair Isle I am making for my Mother in Law. I can’t wait to give it to her! 

I am still waiting for my Ravelry invite! Boy am I getting antsy! I don’t know why, but I can’t wait to set myself up in there and join some groups and knitalongs. I know it is going to be a lot of fun.