Saturday, February 17, 2007

Tinking ...

Yup, I've been tinking ... that's ripping out the stitches in your knitting for the un-initiated (Read 'knit' backwards). I learned the term from the Yarn Harlot. Very funny lady, definitely recommended reading. But back to the tinking ...

Here's the sock I started a few days ago ... it's sooooo cute, I love the colours ... but take a look at the size! Those are the inch marks you see there on my cutting board! I'm following a pattern from one of the vintage pattern books from ebay. It calls for this particular yarn - Patonyle - it calls for US size 1 needles ... delightful little stiches ... cast on 60 stitches - not out of the ordinary ... and you end up with something that would fit your 5 year old child!

Now, I have skinny legs, but this is insane! Were the women of the 50's so different in the leg department? So I consulted the book I purchased the other day. The same directions for a very similar looking sock. Hmmm ... I didn't make up a sample to check my tension ... probably a fatal mistake. Sooooo I ripped it all apart and used the next size up needle and it's looking much better already. Who knew I was a super tight knitter?

Anyways, I've done about one inch of the new and improved version of the sock, and I imagine I'll get some more done today. It's 40c here today so we're not venturing far from the house. Cam has a birthday party to go to, but he won't be able to go, he's been running a temperature all night, and earlier was ill. He's all medicated up, and I'll just sit with him and have quiet time so all will be well hopefully. There have been all sorts of things going around, so I guess it was only a matter of time before he picked up one of the bugs.

All is quiet here on the quilting front, I am just waiting on a template to come in at the quilt store. It should be here in the next couple of days. I wanted a cute little something to put in the setting squares on the zig zag nine patch quilt. I haven't pinned it yet, I should do it soon. I've just been too lazy. I also haven't worked up the courage to cut into the Lady Liberty fabric yet, but I will do it ... I promise!

8 comments:

Bonnie said...

Oh I love that yarn and how it is knitting up. Today I was at the book store, saw a copy of Yarn Harlot and decided to purchase it. In fact I was just reading before I came to the computer. You are right, it is very funny.

Quilt Mommy said...

Ooooh that sock looks so pretty - I see you just got the yarn, boy did you put it to good use quickly! :)

joyce said...

Love the sock. I always hate doing a tension test but it saves time in the long run. I can't imagine 40 temps. It's so cold here.

Kathie said...

Love the yarn! I have knit socks on size 1s with 64 stitches and even then they were pretty skinny. My favorites were 72 stitches on size 1s.

Dawn said...

Very fun socks - well socks to be!!! You are goimg to be set for winter!

Lois R. said...

Gorgeous colors on the socks!

Susan said...

I never heard that term before, but then I don't knit - so I don't have to tink. =) Love the yarn color, though!

ruth said...

Love the yarn for the sock. I'm planning on trying the Yarn Harlot's basic sock recipe, just as soon as it cools down a little.

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