Sunday, January 29, 2012

The Sunday Report

Any day that begins with the children’s sermon at church having a live hedgehog as the centerpiece of discussion holds promise, so I continued with spiny things.

As I mentioned before, I recently purchased some sock-sized DPNs from Knit Picks just to try.  This far, all my sock knitting has been on 2 circulars or on 1 circular using magic loop.  Even though I’ve been using the circs, I have never knit 2 socks at a time because I like my sock projects to be very portable, and I find dealing with two balls of yarn to be more tedious than knitting a second sock.

Much to my surprise, I’m enjoying the DPN process.  I have a tiny mistake in the ribbing, but that is due to the difficulty of knitting on the dark gray/black yarn at night rather than using the new needles.

needles

The yarn is some that I have had for a long, long time—part of a bag of sock yarn that I bought from Elann when I first took up knitting again.  I have 2 pairs knitted from this yarn purchase already—Elann’s “house brand”—and they are some of the most durable and most comfy that I own.  By durable, I mean not only without holes but also with few pills and with no fading. 

I knitted tonight through part of Downton Abbey; however, when the show became too emotionally intense, I stopped to watch without distraction.  For anyone who is becoming interested in the home front in England during World War I, may I recommend an autobiography written by a woman who lived through it and served as a nurse.  The book is Testament of Youth by Vera Brittain.  There was an excerpt in a literature text I taught from a few years ago, so I became interested and read the whole book. 

2 comments:

Sandra said...

Terri,
I also knit socks on two circs. from KnitPicks. I will be interested in how you like the DPNs as you progress. I keep trying to like DPNs, but I feel my stitches are "safer" being kept on the circs. Also, I dislike dealing with the extra joins when moving from one needle to the next.

Deb said...

I actually learned to knit socks on DPNs but switched to 2 circs. I like the circs precisely because of the drop factors. I sometimes switch it up. I finished sock 1 during Downton Abbey.