Monday, 25 February 2013

Another FAIL at Booties

I had another go at a different bootie design and I made a really silly mistake. These booties are like little socks in stocking stitch. Again I used a cheepy wool in a nasty colour just to test one out.
I made a very silly mistake. When i got to the heel of the sock I think I started knitting (or purling) on the wrong side. Therefore the WS (wrong side) of the kitting ended up on the RS (right side)
When this happens it means the smooth pretty side that is supposed to look like this:

ends up looking like this mess:

No one wants a lumpy bumpy heel like that! This was one of the first times I was turning the work in the middle of a row to make a heel shape and clearly the concept has not quite sunk in yet! But I think now I have made this mistake I can avoid it.

Here is how I know if I should be purling or knitting on a row:

If this side is facing you, you should be knitting.
If this side is facing you, you should be purling!

If you get the effect I did above, then you know you have messed up! Its not easy when you are turning in the middle of a row but next time I will follow these rules and it should work! I have already started some more booties so wish me luck 3rd (4th 5th 6th) time lucky!

Happy knitting! 

Thursday, 21 February 2013

A Late Post to Welcome 2013!

Hello Knaff Knitters,

So its 2013! Actually it is nearly March in 2013! So this is a rather belated post. I can say however, that I have been knitting! Lots of knitting in fact. I have even started crochet (which by the way seems to be more complicated than knitting!) I did think about setting some crafting goals for this year. So here they are:

  • Finish projects already started! This has got to be on every ones list! At the moment this includes mittens, babies cardigan, a chunky snood and the Xmas stocking!
  • Knit my first toy. Ive wanted to knit a toy since I picked up my needles, but there are lots of techniques I was not familiar with. Now I have a much greater knowledge so feel confident to tackle a toy.
  • Knit in the round. I really want to learn to knit in the round. It seems to be really useful, and easier than knitting with 3 needles!
  • Master a new stitch. I really want to master a new, unusual stitch such as Blanket Moss Stitch. (see below)
So there it is, some goals for my knitting. There are lots of things I need to post in the next few weeks, including all the things I've been knitting (successfully and unsuccessfully!) over the Xmas and new year.
Happy knitting!