04 January 2013

On The Needles 1/4/12

I finally have an on the needles post. Of course it looks like I was able to get a lot done but that is because my last post was probably a month ago.

I did finish my purple socks finally, they have even been washed and dried.

I also finished my red scarf.  I had originally bought this yarn to make some of the thicker beginner socks that I had been taught with. After, oh about 5 minutes of debating I realized I did like the sock weight or even sport weight better than the worsted weight so I had to decide on something else to do with this yarn. I used one skein to make the scarf and then since I bought two skeins, of course I figured a hat would be good out of the second skein. I am using the 7,8,9 pattern from Ravelry. I decided to do it with size 8 needles since that was the size I used for the scarf.  Let me tell you, after working with the smaller size 2.5 needles these feel like water hoses.

I also am, still, working on a sock. I was taught how to knit with the 4 dpns, but this pattern called for 5 and since I am still a novice and it was an easy, peasy sock I am following the instructions to the letter.  I have found that, so far, I do like using the extra needles. I don't get such a big gap when switching from one needle to another, which I get the other way no matter how tight I pull the first couple of stitches. I am sure I will get better as I go along. I sure hope I get brave enough to try some other patterns soon as well. At times it gets really boring using the same pattern over and over again.

I also bought a pattern to make a Kimono cardigan but that will have to wait awhile. I am really going to have to set some of this knitting aside to get some of these Dear Jane blocks appliqued but it is really hard to do....I also wish I was a speedy knitter but that isn't so.

I also received a lovely gift card from my Dear Jane students for Christmas.  So of course I went and bought some yarn, figured it would be easier to move than fabric.

I also finished a scarf for my mother, in that lovely ribbon twirly stuff but forgot to get a picture. Maybe I can make that my next weeks post.

I probably won't be able to post another needles Friday for awhile, well I could but it would probably be the exact same thing in the exact same spot, but I will be back.  I just have to move houses and get settled in first. Yarn is great...goes in buckets and is pretty light to move.  Fabric...well we won't go there.

For more on the needles head on over to Judy's. I so love going out and about on the various blogs to see what others are up to.  Although, it does add to my "want to do list".

Have a great day,



  1. I really like your purple socks, they look so comfy. What pattern are they from.

  2. Love your socks. You have some great projects. The scarf and hat will be fun to wear. Nice use of the gift card. :)
    Have fun moving. Hope all goes smooth.

  3. Great job on the socks and scarf! I am a 5 dpn sock knitter, I do every sock that way even if they seem to think I am using a circular and magic looping.

  4. Maggie...I wish I was able to figure out how to do that..maybe with more practice..I would love to learn the other techniques but I will have to bide my time until I am able. I need to buy another set of needles so I can work on two at a time my way.

  5. We Dear Jane students figured you'd either by yarn or fabric! You're doing a fabulous job in your knitting. The more you do, the quicker it will come. Practice, practice, practice! Momma B!

  6. I like to knit socks with 5 needles. 5 needles is pretty customary in Europe, but in the US I have to buy 2 packages of needles to get the 5 - to me this is worth the extra expense! All your knitting is looking good! Cheers! Evelyn