Despite my early frustrations that involved a lot of unraveling, I am getting the hang of knitting and I am really enjoying it! I find it’s a nice way to be productive while I’m watching TV in the evenings with Jeff and the boys. (We’ve been watching through old seasons of Survivor together.) After making several hats, I moved on to socks and I’m almost done with my first pair. Their slouchy and imperfect, but they are passable socks and I’ve learned so much while working on them. I’m also getting better at managing my tension and making my stitches neat and even.
I have also gained a firsthand understanding of the need for sock darning. These socks will have taken me about two weeks to make. If one of them gets a hole, I’m going to mend it! These socks have so many hours of work in them and they are more valuable to me now. I actually have an appreciation for knits in general. I watched All Creatures Great & Small on Masterpiece and was in love with all of their knit sweaters and hats. I wouldn’t mind having a whole wardrobe one day of custom knit pieces to wear. I’m a very long way away from that point, but everyone starts somewhere with a hat or a scarf or a pair of socks.
Since we’ve been talking about organization this month, I thought I would share how I’m organizing my knitting stuff.
First of all, I have a lot of yarn organizing to do! I’ve grown out of my little shelf space, but that likely just needs to be reworked. I have my yarn arranged by color because it looks pretty, but I’m thinking I might want to arrange it by type of yarn, so it’s easier to see what I have for specific projects. The whole world of yarn is still so overwhelming, but I’m drawn in and end up buying one or two balls of something without any real plans for what I’m going to make! That is inefficient, so I need to be more disciplined and buy yarn to either test it out or buy enough for a specific project. For now, I’ll just test these out on smaller projects to see what yarns I like and want to continue to work with.
I received a beautiful project tote as a gift from Dunn By Designs. I’ve bought several pouches from her and she has sent me some as gifts as we’ve worked together over the years.
It really is the perfect size for a small project and it has pockets around the inside to tuck in a notebook, pencil, scissors, needles, a tin of bulb pins, etc.
I set my working ball of yarn and project in another little bucket-style bag and I’ll pull that out when I’m knitting…
Susan also made me a pouch for my scissors, which is much better than the one I had made for myself!
In the notebook, I’ve been writing down patterns (I find it’s easier for me if I “translate” the pattern for myself) and using it to keep track of ball bands and yarn samples…
Since I’m testing out which yarns I like for which projects, this will be a way for me to keep track of where I bought the yarn, how to care for something made from it, which needles/hooks to use, etc.
I’m keeping my knitted swatches on a binder ring along with tags to record what needles I used, the name of the yarn, etc. I’m going to buy some little white tags for that purpose, but for no-spend February, I used some of my retail tags.
I’ll also buy a few more binder rings (I found this one in the junk drawer while I was organizing), so I can have a ring for sock yarn, one for worsted-weight, etc.
I think the swatches are pretty, so I keep them in a little ironstone bowl.
In fact, I think so much about knitting is pretty…the yarn, the needles, the work itself. It’s just beautiful and the photographer in me loves it.
For the socks, I’ve been using THIS TUTORIAL on making vanilla socks on DPNs (double-pointed needles.) THIS is the yarn I’m using. I would like to find a pattern that tightens around the arch and isn’t as slouchy in the leg, but these were a good place to start and they are nice socks for wearing around the house. I will probably make another pair just to practice before I move on.
If you’re interested in knitting, HERE are some helpful resources for beginners.