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So, I decided my new knitting thing to learn for February/March would be knitting with DPN’s and learning to make socks. I’m just doing a basic pattern worked from the top down. The leg is 1×1 ribbing, the rest in stockinette. I got through all the ribbing, and got most of the way through turning the heel when disaster struck. I started to get very confused, and began short-row shaping waaaayyy too soon, then completely lost my place. After finally coming out of the “I can fix it – it doesn’t need to be ripped back” denial, I gave in to the inevitable. I ripped and ripped, slowly and carefully. But, then I’m really not sure what happened. Before I knew it, I had frogged back way too far, and somehow, lopsidedly to boot. Before I even knew what happened, I was left with a pile of kinky, curly frogged yarn, DPN’s strewn about, and a slightly dizzy feeling. Needless to say, I was much too traumatized to capture the carnage on film.

I know that frogging happens, and this is far from my last trip to the pond, but I think I’m a very slow knitter, and it had taken me 3 days to get to that point. Ergh!!!

I wonder if it had anything to do with the fact that just before I noticed my first major boo-boo, I had been patting myself on the back, thinking how easy knitting socks was! That karma, she’s sneaky!!!

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Cable-Ready

I love sweaters! I always have. I love cardigans, turtlenecks, sweater-vests, hoodies. You name the sweater type, and I’m all over it. My very favorite, though, has always been “cabley” type sweaters. All sorts of twisty turny patterns that look so complicated, and really make a sweater stand out.

So, with that in mind, I decided that my new January knitting thing would be learning how to knit cables. I went to the library and checked out “Cables Untangled” by Melissa Leapman (one of my totally fave designers), and after reading the pattern directions over and over, realized that cables are really quite simple – just basically knitting out of order (which I sometimes do by accident anyways).
After a few minutes, I was off and running with my new found skill, and I must say, these lovely “beginner” cables really look quite fancy and complicated, which, of course, makes me look like I actually know what I’m doing. Yay to that!

A few rows into my new cabled item, and I realized I was really fighting against the cable needle I had. It was so thin, and fiddly (not to mention slippery due to it being a metal needle). My stitches kept threatening to fall of the dang thing, or were getting pulled too tightly. It was making my cable knitting experience a B- at best.

Oh darn – a reason to hit the yarn store (hee-hee). I found a fabulous set of hardwood cable needles at my LYS, and am so much happier!! Hooray – now I completely love knitting cables – a total A++ experience.

Old Fiddly Cable Needle: BOOO!!

New Rock Star Cable Needle: Hip-hip-hooray!!

And the set had 3 different sizes to boot!! Can’t beat that with a US7 stick!

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