Friday, March 05, 2010

The One About Sock Class, Talking Snow, and Sidewalk Bubbles

What a busy week! Seems like I’ve been on the go with one thing or another all week. Highlights include supper and a visit with friends, hanging with new folks in my building, lunch with friend Pat (lobster -YUM), a trip to the salon to get all blonded up for summer and a class at The Sow’s Ear on Tuesday night.

I took the Two-At-A-Time-Toe-Up-Socks-On-One-Ridiculously-Long-But-Not-Really-Long-Enough-As-It-Turns-Out-Needle class. There were tangles, confusion, tangles, near strangulation, tangles, tears, tangles and WTFs. A lot of WTFs. And tangles. We cast on and learned how to increase for the toe. Our assignment for next Tuesday is to have the toe and rest of the foot to the heel done. I’ve been working on it all week and have about an inch done. Sigh. It’s awkward and confusing but I’ll keep at it and see if it gets better. I guess after you’ve knit 45 giggabillion socks on double points, that’s just what your hands 'know' to do so the change in method is difficult. I’m trying to give it a fair shake but I have a nagging feeling that this isn’t going to stick.

Knit Night is tonight at The Sow’s Ear. Maybe I can pay Jen to do my homework since the Toe Up Fu is strong in her. Dale and Mary won’t be able to make it so Jen and Beth and I will have to be extra loud and obnoxious to make the Naughty Girls group what it’s truly meant to be. Hopefully Elizabeth will make it too or we may not be able to make a fetch of it.

In Bentley news, spring has sprung and a young dog’s nose turns to all of the new smells. Our walks are getting shorter in distance and longer in duration as he investigates every newly revealed blade of grass and puddle. We also have to stop if the sun is shining on the snow and it’s making ‘Rice Krispy’ sounds as it melts. He turns his head one way and then the other, staring psychotically at it. I’m not sure if he thinks there’s a mouse in there or if aliens are trying to communicate with him or what. And he WILL NOT move. If a dog that big wants to stand and communicate with Martians, there's nothing you can do about it. Just wait it out. It was amusing the first 80, 000 times it happened, but now I seriously considering making him wear ear muffs so we can just get on with it already!

Yesterday’s discovery was the bubbles that come up between some of the sidewalk cracks when there’s a lot of water under them. He pounces up and down on his front feet, howling like a banshee and snapping at them. It’s good to know that he’s turns into a Mad Dingo and will protect me against the dangerous things in life like snow whispering, bubbles, plastic shopping bars, garden gnomes, flags and the vacuum cleaner. However when strange men (Bob the maintenance guy) come into the apartment, Ben hides; a fact which is not comforting at all! Bob told me that it was a few weeks before he even knew I HAD a dog. Here does an 80# fur beast hide in a one bedroom place?

At any rate, must get packed for Knit Night, but I would love to hear from you about your preferred method of sock knitting and why you like one method over another! Enlighten me!

9 comments:

Lisa/knitnzu said...

You need a cattle prod to take on your walks... My girls are in PA, but coming back tomorrow evening. It's been lonely w/out them! I am a bad (bad) sock knitter... WHAT, you mean I have to make another, and the same size?? I think the two at once was figured out for people with that second sock syndrome, or who don't cope well w/ dps. I LIKE dps, so when I make socks, that's how. Mostly I buy smartwool (shh!) and a fair amount of sock yarn. Go figure, eh?

Michelle said...

I learned to do socks on Magic Loop because I KNEW I didn't get along well with DPs (they are just bent on escaping) and figured SSS would be a very real issue with me. Also, it just made sense. Therefore, it does! (But I buy a lot of SmartWool socks, too -- and just a little bit of sock yarn. :-)

Obviously, Ben doesn't want his owner getting all the laughs....

kmkat said...

I started knitting socks on dpns, but once I figured out Magic Loop my dpns have been gathering dust. Tried the two-at-once-on-one-circ thing, but keeping two balls of yarn from tangling was too annoying.

Cindy G said...

Well, you know I'm a confirmed top-down-on-dpns gal. I did just magic loop a little purse, and more or less got the hang of it,but can't imagine dealing with two separate balls of yarn on two separate objects. I think my head would explode.

Still practice works wonders.

Michelle said...

My first pair of socks were done one at a time, but the second pair was toe-up, two-at-a-time. I kept both balls of yarn in a sandwich baggy, and just turned my work the way that kept the yarn from tangling; it really was no big deal!

YarnThrower said...

I like the toe-up socks. I used to start them (only one sock at a time) on a really long circ and switch over to dpn's after only a couple of rows of toe were done. Now I generally knit one sock at a time using magic loop.

I *did* force myself to make one full pair of socks from the toe up using magic loop two socks at the same time, and it was aggravating, because it seemed like I was spending a lot of time organizing where my yarn was, and which sock was supposed to be where, etc... It worked, but I really think it slowed me down...

Long way of saying that I like knitting my socks from the toe up, magic loop. Easier to take on the bus, because I don't have to worry about dropping a dpn and having it roll around on the grimy floor of the bus...and only two potential places for the "laddering" instead of three or four...

Good luck! Pics?

MadCityMike said...

And I always did top down socks starting with double points for about 5-6 rounds, then switching to 12" circular (for adult socks, that is). I don't mind DP's much for when I have to use them, but figure I am faster when using the circular. Of course, now, I use my CSM and have been enjoying that quite a bit.......but no "ribbed" socks yet....only "hung hem". Those will come as soon as I learn how to use my ribber. I'm REALLY enjoying the dyeing of sock yarn, too, using the sock blank tubes I knit on the CSM.

Kathy Kathy Kathy said...

I do all the different ways, sometimes on the same sock. I switch it up. I've never finished two at once at once. I prefer toe-up, but will do top down when I want a bigger heel cup so I can make a flap heel. I like to know all the different techniques. Someday I will get the hang of toe-up flaps and then my sock world will be complete.

DPUTiger said...

Hi! Catching up on blogs. I'm behind!

I'm a one-at-a-time on 2 circs sock knitter. I prefer a pair of 16" circs (preferably Hiya Hiya). I don't have a problem with second sock syndrome ... I like figuring out the difficult bits on the first sock, then having the second sock fly by in comparison. I prefer toe-up, using a garter toe rather than a standard toe. And I'm quite partial to "New Pathways for Sock Knitters," but I know Cat Bordhi is not everyone's cup of tea.

Then again, I firmly believe that knitters should have all three techniques (DPNs, 2 circs, ML) in their "toolbox." They all have their uses!