Kate gave me one of these for Christmas (go take a look – they’re really cute!) – it is a Socks for Tots kit. Directions are given for either DPN’s or the 2-Circular method (which I know how to do) and I decided that it might be a nice challenge to do the socks on DPN’s. Now for those of you who are not knitters (the horror!), DPN stands for Double Pointed Needles and you basically use 4-5 needles to knit something in the round, which is really just making a tube, which you can’t do on 1 straight needle. Anyway, I had tried to “cast-on” and start the project over Christmas, but my brain must have been in a fog because I just couldn’t do it, so I waited until Kate could help. Last Tuesday she did. I case on and knit a couple of rounds. After about 3 different “starts” (I’m a slow learner, hence the name of the blog) it finally clicked with me and off I went.
As I’ve mentioned before, I occasionally knit in church. Usually when I serve on Sundays and have to be in both services for the entire thing: listening to a sermon the second time can be a little….uh….well, boring. (There, I said it). So yesterday was my day to serve and so off with me the socks went. I was knitting happily along when I noticed that one of the needles had fallen out. Completely. So I tried to put it back in (which is hard to do) and gave up, frogged and started over.
Except that I cast on too tightly, so I frogged a second time that day (I had previously frogged (in Kate’s presence) about 3 other times, so this was really the 5th time I’ve frogged the cast on). Got past round one and then realized that I had mis-counted. FROG. #7. Cast on again and it was too tight. All I can say is GAAAAAAAAA!
I’m either too tight in my knitting (I don’t know if this is what makes me a “tight-wad”, but it might be close, or if it really means that I am too “tightly wound”, which could also be the case, or it could just be that I’m not a “loose knitter”. Either way – you decide), or too loose and am afraid that one of the needles will pop out again. So I think I’m going to ditch the DPN method for the more normal and rational 2-Circular method. Learning one thing new with these socks will be enough.