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Learning Curve

I am a combined knitter. Why? Probably because I am a self taught knitter and I did what came naturally to my hands. Now combined knitting has treated me well. I find I can do simple knitting without even looking at my hands because I can feel my stitches. It’s great for chatting with friends. However I started having problems when I tried to correct my knitting and knit in the round.

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As you can see from these socks. One is all nice and flat and the stitches lay nice and neat. The other…..not so much. The squirrelly sock is one that I tried to knit more like I should and it caused all the stitches to tilt. Now this happens when combined knitters work in the round. When we knit flat working in the two directions fixes this tilt. Not so in the round. So I searched the internet and found a fix. Which is to take my yarn around the opposite direction on the needle. Guess what? It worked! The nice looking sock is knit in the combined style but with the yarn wrapped clockwise not counter-clockwise. Now I can knit in the round without getting the twist effect.

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More Socks!

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I actually finished these socks last year and I realized I hadn’t shared them. The top are work in a self striping yarn. The bottom pair are done in a retro style rib at the pattern calls it. Nothing too exciting. After I finish the pair of socks I’m working on right now I’m going to start my first pair of period stockings.

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Purple Slouch Beanie

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So it’s been chilly where I live and I like to take walks down to the beach. Which means lots of cold wind and during my move I managed to leave behind all my winter hats in storage. So I knit a new hat this week. It is a slouch beanie and I was really nervous when I finished the hat. It looked huge and I was worried I would need to shrink it. However I really love this hat. It’s super comfy. Its size means I can fit all my hair underneath it and it doesn’t feel tight on my head. I can also pull it down around my ears to keep out the cold breezes on the beach.

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Christmas Ornament

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It’s the holiday season which means lots of scrambling to make things for Christmas. Last night I finished a knit ornament. The pattern comes from a book that has about 50 different patterns. I hope to make them all. So here is the first one.

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Caught Red Handed

Mitts are one of my favorite kind of accessories. They are just so easy to wear and quick to make. So when I saw the pattern for these I needed to make myself a pair. The yarn color is called Pomegranate, and it is a very warm red color. They are 100% wool and I made them in 3 days. They are a reminder of how far my knitting skills have to go. Now all I need is some cold weather.

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Huzzah for Hufflepuff!!

Here is my house scarf. I’m part of the Pottermore community and I was sorted. I am a Hufflepuff and proud of it! So I knitted myself a scarf. It is just a simple scarf with a little bit of fringe. I hope to make a matching hat soon.

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Second Socks!!!

Oh ya! Second pair of knitted socks down. These pair were even knit in sock yarn. Which for those who don’t knit or crochet is pretty thin stuff. I keep thinking of these as my stormy ocean socks. The yarn has green, blue, black, brown and grey all mixed together. It reminds me of the ocean which is many colors especially during stormy weather. They have a really simple lace design. Honestly the fun part of making these was watching the colors change as I worked.

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