Bag Love

I’ve taken the plunge; I’ve made my first Etsy purchase. I’m just beginning to realize what a dangerous place Etsy is…

The object of my desire is this scrumptious sock bag. I’ve been schlepping my traveling socks around in plastic bags which works but isn’t very aesthetically pleasing. Then ennairda bought a really cute bag from a merchant in Etsy which soon had me wanting one for myself. Of course, the design I liked best in the entire shop was the one ennairda bought, so I broadened my search. That lead me to White Willow’s shop and this beauty…

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I can hardly wait for it to arrive. I can see how Etsy could be as addicting as eBay. It is a good thing my holiday is almost over; I need to go back to work so I can earn more money to support my habit. I think my next purchases will be from Ling Glass

Another Cool Ravelry Feature…

Okay, I’m already totally addicted to Ravelry, and now I find the books section. Here I am, all excited about my new Sensational Knitted Socks book. I think, “Gee, it would be cool if I could keep track of my knitting books in Ravelry. I wonder if I can.”

So, I go to Ravelry and sure enough, there is a books link in the sidebar. Now at this time, I can only add books to my bookshelf that are already in Ravelry. Fortunately, both of my knitting books are in there. I search for them, add them to my bookshelf. A little photo of the book appears on my bookshelf. I am happy.

Then I click on one of the books, expecting to have book info such as author. It does, but that’s not all. Clicking on the book pulls up a gallery of projects that Ravelry members have knitted from this book. How cool is that!!!

I love how useful this feature is.  I love what a great use it is of a database. What will they think of next?

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Socks Explained

Sensational Knitted Socks

I LOVE this book. It is Sensational Knitted Socks by Charlene Schurch. How do I love it? Let me count the ways…

  • The 28 page introduction to knitting socks, including sock yarns, sock anatomy, size charts, stitch tables, tips, techniques for casting on, increasing, decreasing, heals, and toes. It also has troubleshooting and an abbreviation chart.
  • Lovely patterns that I’d actually like to knit.
  • Photos of each pattern and variations of the patterns.
  • Each pattern has a difficulty level listed– us newbies can’t always tell at a glance what level of project it is.
  • Each pattern has directions for knitting it on 4 DPNs, 5 DPNs and on two circular needles.
  • Each pattern has lots of options and those options are integrated into the pattern directions.
  • A lovely, integrated stitch dictionary showing photos of a swatch of the stitch, written directions, and chart directions.
  • Good use of color to make directions easy to read.
  • A little beginner’s sock pattern that the author uses when she teaches sock classes. She recommends knitting it first, and then knitting it other times when you are trying something new.

    Beginner's Sock

I’ve started the beginner’s sock. It is small so it is going quickly. If it turns out, it will be a Christmas gift so I’m knitting it in a lovely shade of deep red, worsted wool. I suspect that I can knit quite a few little socks out of this skein, so there may be numerous Christmas gifts in it, and numerous opportunities for me to perfect my heel turning and toe stitching before diving into a sock using sock yarn. Life is Good.

Knitting Abbreviations

As a new knitter, knitting abbreviations baffle me. Even when I know what the abbreviation means such as slip, I don’t know the details of what I am supposed to do. I have seen lists of abbreviations, but they usually just what the letters stand for, not how to do what it stands for.

Therefore, I’m happy to say that KnittingFool.com has a list that explains what the letters stand for AND how to do it. This is going to make my knitting life much easier– at least until I get back to Singapore and can pester my knitting friend there.