if my memory is correct, i've been using this tag line on the internet since around 1994:
"when was the last time you did something for the first time?"
i've recently realized that while it is a catchy phrase, it does not accurately reflect my real philosophy. instead, it should read:
"when was the most recent time you did something for the first time?"
following that line of thinking, the most recent time i did something for the first time was yesterday. i knitted a sock. in about an hour.
i knitted this on a brother KX 350 knitting machine (which i can’t find a link for, because they aren’t made anymore) that i bought several years ago in a thrift store, nearly new and with all its accessories and manuals, for $25.00. i've knitted dozens of dishcloths on this little machine, a few scarves, and one baby blanket. but i knew this could be the key to me getting more than one pair of homemade socks per year so i finally bit the bullet and did it and it was so much easier than i thought it would be!
mind you, it isn't a GOOD sock, and it isn't even wearable, but it is remarkably sock shaped and that feels like a win.
for this sock i used the machine knit sock tutorial from herman hills knittery. i'm happy with the ribbing, i'm happy with the short rowing. i have something still to learn about picking up the stitches at the beginning of the seam-as-you-go. i got a crazy lump on one side, i believe because i had not figured out which strands to pick up so i made too many stitches there. i think i've got it figured out now. the rest of the seam makes me happy, it looks like a tiny cable.
once i make a good sock on this machine, i'm going to "graduate" to the machine i really want to use, my studio 328 (which i also can’t find a link for because they aren’t making this one even more than they aren’t making the other one anymore), which i got on craigslist for just $60! that machine will be able to use the yarns that i quit knitting by hand because i just didn't want to see my life passing by in yarn.
if you're a machine knitter and have any suggestions for how to improve my technique or have links to great sock patterns, please leave a comment! i am totally in over my head on this but it is fun and i like the feeling that there is so much for me to learn.
this was my last SRC project for 2010! i used about 1/3 of a ball of hideous yarn that i’ve had in my stash for at least two years, maybe three—i remember buying it and i remember where i got it, and i remember that my sweet baby wanted it because it is PINK and she is not a yarn snob, so i got it and it made me happy even though it is, as i mentioned, HIDEOUS. so for that i’ll take 30 points. and this whole thing was nothing but a series of new techniques and for that i’ll take 100 points, and to celebrate the end of another wonderful year i’ll add 2010 points. so 2140 points! yay me! i hope your 2010 stash reduction project was a successful as mine was.
*what are you doing to get your new year creativity kick started?