A good Tuesday

Well I worked on the QAYG blocks and got my backing made but nothing worth taking a photo of ….I’m up to 72 QAYG blocks and am working my way toward 96 which will be enough for two quilts.

A few people have written asking how to join the blocks and while I haven’t done it myself, I do have links to Jan Mac and Keryn’s blogs at the bottom of the page with the block instructions that show you how they assemble them. So check out those links if you’re curious.

I think I mentioned that my goal was to be able to knit two socks at a time, toe up, on two circular needles and I’m still aiming for that but after practicing on the toe a few times I decided to do the easy part first….and I also decided I’d try to do a single sock before attempting two at a time.

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And I just LOVE these needles except I like the longer one so I’m going to have to get another set of them. Nancy recommended them and I can’t believe how much nicer they are than the Clover Takumi ones I had here and they’re prettier too!

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By the way, they’re sitting on one of the books I bought but I’m actually using the instructions from the other one.

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16 Responses to “A good Tuesday”

  • Sheila:

    Yay for you on the socks! They look great.

  • Oh Mary.

    We aren’t going to loose you to socks too?

    LOL

  • Flatlander (Linda):

    Mary … thanks for the sox update. What length cable are you using and what length would you recommend/prefer. I, too, am dabbling in socks … portable handwork ;-)

  • Glenn:

    I have a complete set of the needles. LOVE them.

  • I have those needles too. I love the flexibility. My problem is that I knit one sock and then lose interest. I’m the one-sock-wonder! :(

  • I am a beginner knitter. Can you recommend a sock book (is the one you show good for beginners) and which needles are those you like? Thank you for any help you can offer.

  • Congratulations on the progress you are making on your socks; however, unless you have very strange feet, you are NOT knitting them from the toe up. ;oD

    I didn’t realize that you wanted to knit two socks at the same time. Were you thinking of using the Magic Loop method? If so, you will a needle with a longer cable. I recommend the Knit Picks needles for anyone who wants to make socks because the cable are so flexible. I have a set of the interchangeable needles and many of the fixed circulars, too, but my needles are not the wooden ones like yours.

    Enjoy your knitting and keep us in the “loop.”

  • I’ve knitted two socks at once on two circular needles in the toe-up fashion. But I found it was hard to keep the yarn from tangling. Now I’m still using the two circular needles, but it’s a lot easier for me to do one at a time. It’s still better than dealing with four double pointed needles!

  • Hooray for you! I love the color you chose. I hope you are enjoying your new endeavor. :-)

  • I just started knitting a couple of yrs ago. I have now adapted to making 2 at a time socks on 40″ circular adia needles starting at the cuff . I don’t like making from toe up. I have made about a dozen pr so far. I’m a quilter but like knitting while watching TV.

  • Wonderful sox! I too, tried the ‘two-at-a-time” from the toe thing, but since I am a novice to sock knitting I went back to the “magic loop” method starting at the cuff. I had trouble with the tangling also, and figured that until I get this going smoothly I had no business trying to do 2 at one time!! LOL! I’m about 3/4s done with my first sock, and I am addicted to knitting already. It is a really fun and easy take-along project.

    Keep us posted on your progress!
    Kat

  • I have wanted to try to knit socks ever since I saw Judy L’s fab socks, but I knit with the right needle under my arm and there is no way to use circular needles or those short double ended needles. I guess I’ll just have to wait for you or Judy to make me a pair.
    LOL.

  • Catherine:

    I am trying the two at a time method. I am having difficulty keeping track of everything. I have knitted socks one at a time and all went well but this 40″ cable and two skeins of yard is getting the best of me. My book is “2 At A Time Socks” by Melissa Morgan-Oaks.

    I have three QAYG blocks going right now.

    Love your blog, thanks

  • My daughter is teaching herself to knit. When she told me I was so surprised and excited for her. I tried knitting years ago but lost interest. Who knows maybe some day. I am piecing string blocks. A group I meet with showed me how to use a Bounty paper towel for the foundation. They tell me you can leave the towel and quilt. They asked-Have you ever washed a paper towel by mistake? And yes, I have. It doesn’t disenegrate. I will let you.

  • Sox Pox has struck again! I was given a pair of handmade socks and I love them, but not enough to learn how to make them. Most the time I feel like I’m swimming upstream as it is!

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