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21  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / My first sock - Monkey on: August 07, 2007 01:12:41 PM

On one hand, I'm so proud of finishing this! And proud of finishing my first sock!

On the other hand, they came out too big!  Maybe DH just inherited some socks.

Add me to the "monkey" list.  I finished mine!  It took about a week, because I dreaded picking the needles up everytime I went back to Monkey.  I dunno why, I guess I don't find socks very satisfying.

Yarn and other info here: http://knittingnoob.wordpress.com/2007/08/07/funky-monkey/
22  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / First Big FO - Blossom by Magknits on: August 03, 2007 10:43:38 AM

Model: Beary, Zanes Bear (since Evie is still in my tummy she makes a terrible model)

Pattern: Blossom by Magknits http://www.magknits.com/Jan06/patterns/blossom.htm

Yarn: Plymouth Yarn Dreambaby D.K. in Sage

This is my first big blocking and seaming FO and it could have gone a lot better. I didnt check my gauge so it will not fit size 0-3. She will have something to grow into. It looks pretty crummy on the bear, but I didnt make it bear-size. Also I somehow reversed the side ribbing so it isnt in the front, it is actually on the side. Still really not sure how I managed that. I think I would like to try this pattern again. I just didnt want to frog it, I wanted to feel some sense of accomplishment. Lets call this a run-through, shall we?

I knit a little flower and pinned it on.  Thank goodness I didnt sew it on cause its awful.  Ill figure something out.  Im not sure enough of my embroidery skills to risk that just yet.

Lots more photos and information about my blocking adventures on my blog. http://knittingnoob.wordpress.com/
23  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Blocking tutorial? on: July 30, 2007 02:23:57 PM
I did a quick search but most everything I pulled up is "... after blocking it looked great." or "... blocking is going to help a lot."  etc etc

I need to know basics of blocking and what on earth Im supposed to be doing.  Any tips or links you can share will be much appreciated!
24  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Blossom (baby girl dress) KAL on: July 27, 2007 08:19:13 PM
I decided to go for Blossom from Magknits.  Does anyone want to join in?  It looks very simple, and the difficulty level is simple.  So I'm guessing it will be simple Wink

http://www.magknits.com/Jan06/pics/blossommodel.jpg  If that works.  If not, http://www.magknits.com/Jan06/patterns/blossom.htm

Also, on my blog I wrote about yarn substitution and all that good stuff.  I had a nice lady at the yarn shop work on it with me.

It would be nice to have some other people to turn to if I get stuck, and I only have till September to finish it!
25  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / A good first sock? on: July 26, 2007 10:10:41 PM
I've done the silver sock class and come away with a basic understanding of socks, and now I really want to make a pretty one.  I have 180 yards of a beautiful green bamboo/cotton/nylon yarn from crystal palace yarns.  Actually when I went to buy it I discovered the shop owner was knitting a sock with the exact stuff I had picked out.  Funny.

Anyways, what is a good pretty first sock to tackle?  I see a lot of Monkey and Broadripple.  Do you suggest these?  I looked at the patterns and I think I get them.  Help! Smiley
26  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Teaching an 8 year old to knit on: July 26, 2007 11:55:58 AM
My 8 year old son has been dying to knit along with mommy.  I told him I'd teach him this weekend.  He's super smart, patient and calm.  It's more my patience I'm worried about!

Does anyone have any tips, tricks, websites... anything... that would help me teach my son?  I know it's possible because my grandma taught me to knit when I was 8!
27  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / My very first DPN project, all finished! on: July 25, 2007 05:04:01 PM
I taught myself how to use DPN's on Monday and by last night I had made 3 Knitty's Fetching armwarmers,  Not 3 pairs, just 3, I messed up at least once.  

I'm too new to post photos, I think, so you can see the photos here, and also the fun story of using 8 dpns at a time, and see my new blog and see my huge 7 1/2 pregnant belly.  Wow, too much excitment for me!   http://knittingnoob.wordpress.com/2007/07/25/knittys-fetching-finished/

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