Monday, October 23, 2006

SOCK HOP - Day 23

John Cleese.

Now you're talking.

It's Monday. I'm running out of barefoot guys and sock stories. I had a weekend of knitting mini-disasters, disappointments, and dead ends and I need to know I'm not alone.

Please tell me you've been a Dumb Knitter once or twice yourself. Better yet, would you be willing to share the gruesome details?

Yes, I'm begging. (Hey, I'm the woman who knit four rows of her STEP socks with the tail end of the yarn instead of the working end! I know from dumb.)

C'mon, 'fess up. We won't tell anyone.


Blogger KnitTech said...

I knitted 7.5 inches on the leg. Completed the heel flap, only to find it should have been 7 inches. Haven't ripped back yet. Too depressed.

7:42 AM  
Blogger kshotz said...

You are not alone! I frogged a sock for the 3rd time. Then I had to rip out the heel flap from the second slipper for my FIL because I accidentally started the wrong pattern. Gave up altogether on the yarn for the sock. Finally got the slippers done. Seemed like I was knitting in reverse all weekend.....kept knitting, but getting further away from my goal.

What was it with this weekend???

9:05 AM  
Blogger Fran Baker said...

Me, three. Or should that be four? I've started and frogged a sock so many times that, yesterday (watching the Chiefs beat San Diego), the yarn literally fell apart in my hands. That's never happened to me before and all that frayed and useless yarn was a weird site to behold.

9:12 AM  
Blogger Nancy Herkness said...

OMG, Barbara, I was ROFL over your comment about knitting with the tail of the yarn. I have done that too many times to count! You'd think I'd pay more attention after the tenth time.

As far as socks go, well, you know my tale of woe. The socks (such as they were) are now a frogged heap of crinkled Cascade.

My recommendation: try some entrelac. That always soothes my nerves. I highly recommend the Lady Eleanor stole; it's large and satisfying.

10:19 AM  
Blogger LaurieKnits said...

That's why I'm sticking to my simpleton projects for the moment ;) And at that, I still ended up frogging a project that was 3/4's complete the other night.

10:25 AM  
Blogger Holly in CT said...

I have unsuccessfully tried to knit the Jaywalker socks no less that 4 times. Once cuff down and the rest toe up. Some day I am determined to knit these socks!

10:27 AM  
Blogger Dallas Schulze said...

Ah, the old knit-with-the-tail-of-the-yarn trick. I've done that one many, many times. I've started cutting the tail before I start knitting. It doesn't prevent me from knitting with it but at least I run out of yarn faster.

5:25 PM  
Blogger Jean Brashear said...

Okay, I get to be the dummy, but does this mean all of you use the long-tail cast on (is that the right term?) Why do you prefer it? What advantage am I missing? (Because the few times I've done it, I don't always manage to guess right at how long a tail to start with.)

9:01 PM  
Blogger Barbara Bretton said...

Wow, is it great to discover I'm not the only knitting klutz out there! I know it's been said that humans can't blush in private but I'm here to tell you that they can and I did. There is nothing like a big fat honkin' incredibly dumb knitting mistake to make your face flame.

Jean, I only learned long tail about two years ago. Up until then I thought there was only one way to cast on, the way I'd been taught as a little girl. Turns out I might have been the only one left on the planet who knew that particular weird technique. Long tail is a fabulous sock cast-on and a great cast-on in general. Nicely elastic. Attractive. And it makes you feel really cool when you whip that needle around the yarn like you're playing Cat in the Cradle.

BTW I no longer use a slip knot, just an odd little twist to start. Anybody else lose the knot?

11:27 PM  
Blogger snazzi said...

I've been trying to knit a scarf for the red scarf project, and I've forgged and restarted easily 10 times in the past 10 days. I've tried many different patterns, and had to rip out every one after making glaring errors in trying to follow the stitch instructions.

I finally have one on the needles that's about 5 inches long, but it took me three ripouts to get there. I found, last night, that I had been doing part of the stitch wrong (knitting a stitch where I should have been purling), but I refuse, absolutely refust to rip the whole thing out again.

I have to admit, it got kind of funny after a while. It's just a freakin' scarf, after all, you'd think I could manage it.

I was supposed to start a lace scarf on Friday, pattern from Sivia Harding, but I'm afraid to at this point.

4:27 PM  
Anonymous Gwyndolyn O'Shaughnessy said...

I still consider myself a beginner. As such, I am immune to "dumb" mistakes. They're part of the learning curve. (Really!)

I knit an entire hat for Andre the Giant instead of my Dad. Pity about the floaters; they made the hat fit for Tinkerbelle. I seem to cast on Andre's hat often. I need to "exhibit learning behavior" on that one ...

5:53 PM  
Blogger LauraP said...

Knit the best trick is snagging the needle somehow and dropping 10 or 20 stitches. Sometimes it's the cat's fault, but usually it's just me being a klutz.

11:09 PM  

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