Is anybody else puzzled about why you have to break the yarn before starting the heal? I just started the heal w/out breaking the yarn and it looks fine and doesn't seem to affect the fit of the sock or how it looks.
I didn't break the yarn at that point either. I think the reason she did that was so you could start the heel flap on a certain side (RS or WS), but if you know how socks are constructed, modifying that little bit wasn't a big deal.
She has a color called Violet's Pink Ribbon, and part of the proceeds of those sales go to Violet, of Lime and Violet, a podcaster wrassling with breast cancer herself. I knit up a pair of Monkeys with it and it's very nice stuff. She has some plain pink, too, if that's more your flavor. Her yarn is affordable, and you get a TON of it. I probably have enough left over to knit another pair.
Figure out how many stitches wide and rows tall you have available on the hat for the image. For example, the hat may be 76 stitches around, but do you really want the image to be stretched all around the hat? Probably not. Figure out how you want it to look.
Find a clear, black and white image of the 4, and chart it up on the graph paper, within the boundaries you have decided upon.
One more thing, the hat is worked in the round, so depending on how the logo is going to be placed, fair isle might not be the best solution for the color work. Might want to use duplicate stitch instead.
I have started to do some yoga, and I actually thought it may hurt my wrists, since you place so much weight on them for a long period of time.
You know, I had the same fears about pilates, but somehow, it helps. To get a really educated medical answer you'd have to talk to a doctor, but I think it may have something to do with strengthening muscles in your arm and wrist that we don't regularly use in our day to day lives. Just my two cents I'm glad to hear I'm not the only one with wrist troubles, too!
I'd believe that yoga helps, as I credit pilates with helping my wrists stay strong, and the two are kind of similar. I get a repetitive stress injury in my right wrist from time to time, and it usually means I have to lay off knitting for a few days while it heals. Lately it's been pretty quiet, which I attribute to three things:
1. Pilates 2. Wrist support at my computer (one of those foam rubber supporter things to rest my wrists on for mousing or keying) 3. Switching over to continental style knitting
Remember that lots of things can weaken your wrists or put stress on them, and take steps to keep them strong and supported.
I know when I design, I sometimes get really bogged down in the calculations and "figuring out" part, which can be sort of a turn off to the whole business. That's why I recommend you jump right in, once you have your starting point, and go from there. Figure out your guage, what needles you want to use, and your hip and waist measurements, and cast on. The best way to learn how to do something is often just to DO it, and if you make mistakes, figure out why they are mistakes, and learn how to fix them. Oh, and make sure you take notes so you remember what you did. I am very much for doing your research and reading up on a subject before embarking, but don't forget it's just knitting, so have fun! You can always rip back, and making another tank top, once you perfect the first one, is a great excuse to buy more yarn
I love the Breeze socks. I've never knit socks mostly because I'm afraid to and because I never really felt a pull towards socks in general. But these? They're lovely!
In your most educated and fabulous opinions: 1) is this pattern suitable for a first sock knitting experience? and 2) I noticed that they're knit out of 100% cotton yarn. Are they going to be saggy/slouchy? I'm planning on subbing the yarn for another mercerized cotton that I have in my stash and want to avoid slouchy-ness.
I think you could definitely do these. Socks really aren't all that hard--and once you do one pair, you understand how they work. I think these would be a great first pair of socks, because they'll go quickly, but all the "tricky" bits are still there, so you'll get a good lesson in sockery. I was wondering about the cotton too. I've never made any cotton socks, so I can't speak from experience. I know that some cotton sock yarns contain more elastic fibers, which prevents them from being too saggy. I say go for it. Since these socks don't have legs, there's not much to slouch.