Needles and hooks.

On my lunch hour I checked out a fantastic little shop that is about half a block away from the bank I work at. It is Needles & Pins. Their website isn’t fancy and doesn’t reflect the awesomeness of the shop but the shop itself is teeming full of fantastic yarns and fabrics and knitting accessories, has a most excellent atmosphere, and I had very helpful customer service.

I found a beginners sock knitting book that gives very in-depth tutorials on various methods of sock knitting and then has many patterns for several styles of socks. Finally it then has a section that helps you develop your own patterns using techniques taught in the book. It is entitled Knitting Socks by Ann Budd.

Of course I also needed to pick up some authentic knitting supplies to put my new book to good use! I’m allergic to wool (though it didn’t stop me from caressing all the beautiful skeins I could get my hands on in the store) so I found some fingering weight cotton from Rowan called “cotton glace” in the “sky” shade.

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And last but not least I picked up my double pointed knitting needles in a five pack. They are just basic plastic ones, 2.75 mm, but they will get the job done. If I am up to the job of course! I don’t enjoy wearing socks from March to November but after that I wear them around the house in place of slippers. I am also looking forward to (hopefully) a bit more of immediate gratification on completion of a project as they should go much faster than a sweater or other large project. I need to have smaller projects to work on and finish along side the larger ones in order to keep the momentum and motivation up. Just another trick to get around a tendency toward procrastination.

You see, all this is inspired because I was admitted into Ravelry this week *jumps up and down*! I am thoroughly hooked (pun intended) on the place! I have been searching through all the patterns and bookmarking them so that I can look at them more closely and sort through them. I haven’t even explored the groups and the forums yet! I have only just begun looking at the yarns as well. So very much and so very fantastic!

Wish me luck on my new knitting obsession, as well as my first ever pair of socks!

Oh, and I finished the scarf last week (it just needs to be blocked) and the sweater and blanket are coming along nicely if not as fast as I thought they would.

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~ by savasana on October 5, 2007.

7 Responses to “Needles and hooks.”

  1. New obsession! Yay! I’m sure your first pair of socks will rock Sav. Oh, you’re not the only person in the world allergic to wool. 😉 Hives are trying to break out just thinking about it. 😀

  2. You’ll love cotton glace, very nice yarn, great choice! Socks are way easier than they look, just remember, no matter how many needles are on your project, you are still only working with 2 at a time.

    The best part of knitting socks is when someone watches you with that many needles on one project, they are very impressed, tending to say “I can’t even manage to knit with 2 needles, and how many you got there?!?!” Cracks me up every time!

    Good luck, that digital cam needs to appear in your stocking at Christmas!!! And, thank you for learning about blocking early on in your knitting endeavors, I could have stood for a lesson in blocking WAY earlier than I did!!!

  3. I just checked out the link for the website. Did you touch the malabrigo? I know you are allergic but STILL!, did you touch it? It is the softest stuff ever, I don’t know how they do it!

  4. Oh honey, I don’t know what that is but I touched everything lol!! I wanted to take the whole store with me! I think I could very likely get a way with knitting some small wool projects as it would only itch my hands….so I may have to indulge.

    At that store though the only fingering weight they had (according to the clerk) that wasn’t wool was the cotton I picked up. So that will be all for my own feet. I did just discover the “Loopy Ewe” online store though…..:D

    Of course, I still need to learn to knit the damn socks! I’ve started and torn it apart a few times already. I find the several needles just so fiddly and they get twisted on me. And at one point the working tail of the yarn was on the the needle behind what I needed to work on. I don’t know how I did it so I couldn’t even undo it X(. Only me. 😛

  5. http://knitty.com/ISSUEsummer06/PATTfetching.html

    This is the first thing I knit with double points. I restarted numerous times. I got very annoyed. But I was determined and refused to give up!

    Once you get going, it isn’t so bad. You can actually see what you are doing and it doesn’t get twisted. It is the first 5 rows or so that really kill you when working with double points.

    When you go back, seek out the malabrigo. It comes in such yummy colors! Funny how a crafter needs a stash!

  6. Oh I love the Fetching pattern! They are on my list of things to do for sure. And I may just have to revisit the store tomorrow on my lunch again….I’m completely hooked *sigh*.

  7. Personally I like Dashing even more than Fetching, and Dashing was a super fun knit!

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