Poor scared pup, squeezing his eyes shut!
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I've had some AHHH knitting moments this week...but also, unfortunately, a few ACK knitting moments as well. A big ACK was when I realized that the cable on a pair of circular needles was hanging by a thread. I like to use ChiaoGoo Red needles when I knit the magic loop style - their cables are thin and really pliable, and work great. However, my heart nearly stopped when I realized that I was thisclose to losing my work - ACK!
Left: cable hanging on by a thread; Right: hat in progress.
The needles are guaranteed, and Steph, the owner of my favorite yarn store, is ordering more, so hopefully in a week I'll be able work on this hat again.
An AHHH moment with knitting came when, after I'd organized my leftover yarn and rewound some loose skeins into balls with my new ball winder, I realized that I had enough to make another hat. Not just any hat - one that I'm designing. I knew I wanted a wide rib for the brim, plus the multi-colored yarn in stockinette to show off the color; and I wanted to use the rose color for some texture with a thin garter stripe. I couldn't find a pattern for it on Ravelry, so I just invented my own...and it's turning out - AHHH:
Changing yarn color frequently means a lot of ends will need to be woven in...but doing that means the project is finished, so it's a good feeling when you get to that point.
But I also had an ACK moment when I was going to begin the decreases - I counted stitches and was missing one. It took me a few minutes to realize that I'd dropped a stitch a few rows back - ACK!!! I had to put a locking stitch marker through the dropped stitch until I could get some help with it. Luckily last night was our monthly knitting guild meeting, so I brought the hat there and my expert knitter friends got me back on track...whew!
Speaking of knitter friends, another AHHH moment came last Sunday, when I went to my very first Knit Along. What is a Knit Along, you might be asking? Well, it's where we all knit the same project at the same time. The yarn store in Navasota hosted it, with one woman, who had already made the project, leading us along. It was really great to knit alongside so many people, get help immediately when I got to a couple parts that didn't make sense right away, and just plain fun to be with knitters - AHHH! Here's what I've done so far:
I know it doesn't look like much yet, but I think the hard part is mostly done because I've done the heel turn (the bump on the needle). This is a sock - the pattern is Turkish Bed Slippers. Honestly, I wasn't planning on attempting a sock for quite a while, but with this much support, how could I not try?
I'm also knitting away on my Honey Cowl, using some Madeline Tosh yarn that my mom gave me for Christmas...and this yarn is definitely an AHHH knitting moment. I've heard a lot of people rave about MadTosh yarn and now I see why. It feels wonderful to knit with.
So, so pretty - I can't wait to finish and wear it!
Be sure to come back on Monday - I'll have a very special guest post up...and seeing as this will only be the second-ever guest post here on my blog, I promise it will be a great one!
Have a wonderful weekend - we're running 7 miles tomorrow morning, hopefully not in the rain.