Wednesday, 2 April 2014

A love of double pointed needles....

About 18 months after I learnt to knit I decided to try socks. I had been given a ball of sock wool and that seemed as good a reason as any. What I found was that dpns can be really fiddly, and when knitting with 4ply each inch of knitting seems to take forever. I spent most of 2012 avoiding this pair of socks that, quite frankly had me beaten. Every now and again I'd pull them out, add a couple more rows, remember how adding just a couple of rows meant nothing and put them away again. Being someone who likes method and order I couldn't bring myself to start something new with these socks staring at me from the bottom of my knitting bag. I was going to win - except all that meant was I did no knitting.

Just before Christmas that year I finally finished sock number one, and then to my surprise finished sock number two only a couple of weeks later. I was hooked! Since then seven out of nine completed projects have used double pointed needles, from hats to socks to sleeves. Even Hoot was a dpn project (albeit with 5.5mm needles). 

I've just finished these stranded mitts, my first attempt at fair isle knitting. While the tension was definitely not perfect, you can't tell that at a distance and I'm really happy with the overall effect. I've been wearing them the last couple of weeks and the stranded knitting makes them nice and warm. 



And then I've started on a few new projects :

these baby socks (smaller than the last so hopefully they'll be a better fit for the next newborn)


and untangling this microfibre yarn ready to make a mobile phone sock, which I might make flat and seam... just for a change!

Finally back into a ball after a couple of years tying itself in knots in the bottom of our yarn box


12 comments:

  1. Your mittens look fantastic, very warm & cosy.

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    1. They are very cosy, I'm really pleased with them.

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  2. Your mittens are gorgeous, I've never done any fair isle, it looks so complicated. I love using dpn's, anything rather than sewing up.

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    1. I was worried about tackling fair isle, but found it wasn't as hard as I'd feared. I used one colour with my right hand and one with my left and tried not to think about it too much!

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  3. You're going to have to teach me how to do colourwork sometime soon. Good to see the neat ball of yarn after seeing you trying to untangle it the other night!

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    1. We can definitely do colourwork :). Best advice I can give is to practise knitting continental style as well as english as then you can do one colour in each. I can't purl like that - but it works really well for stocking stitch in the round!

      It took two evenings to undo the knot and then another to wind on the rest of the ball. Quite a challenge!

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  4. Your mittens are lovely and you're doing very well with your knitting for only knitting for such a short time. There are some who have been knitting for 30 years + who would not attempt fair isle patterns.

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    1. Thanks. I decided from the start that I'd try whatever techniques I fancied without worrying about how tricky they are. In general I've found them to be nowhere near as hard as I've feared.

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  5. I love your mitts, I've found that woolen ones stay warm even when they're wet. The newborn socks are soooooo cute.xxx

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    1. Cheers. I've not worn them wet yet - but they're definitely warm so hopefully what you say will be true :)

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    1. Thanks, I'm really pleased with them :D

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