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Archive for October, 2007

As you can see from the delay between LTK square postings I’ve been engaging in multiple projects lately. My LYS offered a sock class and I jumped in joyfully. I’ve wanted to learn socks for a long time and just haven’t had the support to keep me going past the cuff. As you can see I’ve made it beyond the cuff this time. *s* I know the photo is a bit fuzzy. I’ll try to get better photos of my progress as I complete the gusset. A class has made a major difference in my understanding of the how & why of sockknitting. Having an instructor helps, of course. But the support and assistance of other knitters is invaluable when facing a knitting challenge. My thanks to you all. Especially to Margaret, our beloved yarn temptress, for allowing us to converge at her shop to knit for hours on end.

In spite of appearances the LTK afghan hasn’t gone entirely without attention. Square 7 was a lot of fun to work up. The curves of the pattern appear as if by magic. The ribs are twisted and the garter stitch is created by purling on both sides of the fabric. Next will be the rose fabric square which involves knitting into the stitch below.

In addition to the socks and the LTK I’m working on a scarf for the American Cancer Society sale. I happened to have some Allure in my stash drawer in a lovely shade of teal so I cast it on lengthwise for a long skinny scarf. Since it’s all scrunched up on the cable of a circular at the moment, we’ll have to wait until it’s cast off to see how it turns out.

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Man was this one fun to knit up. I now have _no_ fear of knitting or purling in the back of a stitch. This ‘ghan is definitely improving my knitting skills.

Speaking of knitting skills, my first sock class was this past Friday. Our instructor is patience itself–and she has an impressive collection of socks to flash if you ask her about variations on the basic sock. She was even so kind as to allow me to try on one of her creations.

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This is my favorite square so far. Watching the diagonal ribs shift as the square progressed was quite satisfying. Particularly since it looks more complicated than is. The other side of the squiare looks the same with one exception–the ribs tilt the other way. This pattern would make a lovely scarf. It’s quite fluffy and soft textured.

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