Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Wow, I can do it now...finally!

It took me about 3 months, but I finally figured out how to do the purl stitch AND how to knit in the round on double pointed needles.

So, now I've finally been able to do the stockinette stitch. I love the look of that stitch, I just dont like how slowly I go to do that stitch. I knit continental, but I apparently purl English style. So, I just whip thru the knit stitch, and trudge slowly thru the purl stitches.

I really am enjoying knitting on double pointed needles. It took me about a day to get used to doing it, but I think I like that type of knitting the best. (cause I get stockinette without having to actually purl!)

So, I really only have two knitting projects going right now (to go along with the 5 crochet projects I'm doing and the work-in-mind project I have for my sewing machine)

I'm doing a scarf in knit stitch. (I started this the week my left eye went wonky. Amazing that I knitted this "one-eyed" and havent dropped a stitch...that I know of)


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And then I have this. I dont know what it is...I'm just knitting in the round on double pointeds just to see what I can do. I might work on this for another 5 or 6 inches and then try to learn how to decrease and somehow turn this into a purse. (it's too narrow for a hat, and too wide for a sock I think)


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I might try changing colors on it too...not sure yet on what I want to do with this.

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Went to my opthamologist on friday, and I went to a neuro-opthamologist yesterday afternoon. (I wanted the neuro-op to check and make sure I didnt have anything else going on) and both doctors told me that they believe my vision problem this fall (optic neuritis) was probably viral/bacterial in origin (I had strep throat the week my eye went loopy) and that it will probably continue to improve. There's a chance I might be stuck with wonky color vision in that eye, and some residual fuzzy vision, but my eye should be ok. It might take a year for things to get back to what they were in that eye, but I should probably have normal vision eventually.

Maybe I'll be able to get my sewing machine out in a few weeks to attempt a vest (which will be my first attempt at sewing clothing) My aunt and one of my cousins found a sewing machine store that has sewing classes. So, I might go up there and see if they can teach me how to do more with my sewing machine than sew in straight lines.

4 comments:

Mandys76 said...

Hi Erin

Your knitting is beautiful! I like knitting as well as crochet and I especially like the coloured scarf your making.

I've never done any knitting in the round before? Is it hard?
Congratulations on a great effort, despite the problems with your eye.
Take Care, Mandy

ErinLindsey said...

Thanks!

knitting in the round is easier than I thought it would be. My problem is making sure I dont accidentally knock the stitches off a needle. I still dont know how to pick up dropped stitches yet.

The thing that was holding me up more in knitting was properly casting on. I had been cheating and either making my dad cast on for me, or using the Tunisian crochet cast on. I finally figured out how to cast on (the same day I figured out knitting in the round) So I guess I had a quantum leap in knitting skills the other day. Now if I could just figure out how to pick up dropped stitches. (this is the reason why I love crochet so much...easier to fix mistakes in crochet!)

Laura said...

Erin,

You're coming right along with your knitting...congrats!

I find it easier to knit with 4 double pointed needles in my work and knit with the 5th, rather than 3 and knitting with the 4th. It makes for less tugging at the joins and easier knitting all around....give it a try, you might like it.

sid63usm said...

They have some little caps that you can put on your dp needles to keep the stitches from falling off. Grandma called them knitting teats because that is what they look like!!