September 10, 2008

And on the needles...because I must be a GLUTTON FOR PUNISHMENT!

Here's the first toe, just a few rounds after casting on..

Here's the toe as of right now. I took pictures with lots of different backgrounds, but my pasty-pale knee seems to be the best backdrop for contrast...(like my goosebumps? It's chilly this morning!)

Can you tell I love Knit Picks? And blue?
I decided to let my first sock hibernate. I'm tempted to frog the whole thing and start it again. There are a few mistakes that I'm pretty sure I wouldn't make again AND it's taken me so long to make that one sock that I just don't see how I could make the exact same one AGAIN. I didn't actually follow a pattern nor did I write anything down. From here on out, I resolve to make TWO SOCKS AT A TIME! This is also the first time I've used the Magic Loop and I must say I'm in LOOOOOVE!
I knit my socks toe-up and the Turkish Cast-On is the best method that I've found to make seamless and PRETTY toes. And the Turkish Cast-On is really easy to do on the Magic Loop! I was a little nervous as to how it would all work. I have to see something (or better still, actually do it myself) to understand how something works.
So, just as soon as I finish all the increasing for this toe, I will cast the other one on the same needle and pray that it all actually works. Now that I'm actually doing it, I'm less worried about that part. This should all definitely work. Probably definitely. I'm almost positive. Really...
Once I've cast-on and finished increasing both toes, I'm really hoping to make them like the socks that Wildtomato just whipped out. (They are the green ones below her homemade ketchup!) Isn't she amazing? This woman is learning how to make so many awesome, everyday things from scratch! She's made her own cheese, roasted her own coffee, spun her own yarn from her dog's fur, made her how sauerkraut, and the list just keeps growing!
And on top of all that, she's the one who taught me how to knit! She bought me my first sock needles and yarn and taught me how to cast them on. She sat with my mother, 12YO and myself at that coffeeshop on last New Year's Eve with our new bamboo needles and cotton yarn in hand, eager to learn how to make dishcloths. 12YO still hasn't quite caught on, but it might just be her age. I keep trying here and there....or sending her to to watch the videos as many times as she feels she needs to. I don't have the patience for that much repetition!
Well, I'm off to save the world now! (Not really, it just sounds so much more exciting than 'mop my kitchen floor!') Thanks to the ever-awesome CROCK POT LADY, I think I'll be making THIS for dinner tonight! I just changed the battery in my camera, so I really hope I remember to take pictures! I just have to take them before David gets home. He makes fun of me for taking pictures of what I cook! (MEN!) He also makes fun of my knitting and discussing crock pot recipes with other moms at cheer practice. What else am I supposed to do? My world is small and I'm okay with it. Then again, I give him a hard time about his 'guy stuff' too. I guess what goes around comes around. He doesn't make fun of my actual least he's learned not to bite the hand that feeds him. I'll give him that.


wildtomato said...

Heh, thanks for the shout out! Really, I'm not all that amazing... I'm just a person who becomes bored easily. ;)

Leann I Am said...

Suuuuuuure....I'm really amazed at how well The Boy plays along with whatever you decide to do! He's such a good sport.