Sunday, April 6, 2008

Stupid cast-ons

The good news is I'm making my progress on my first sock.

The bad news is everything else.

Eve valiantly endeavored to teach me Judy's Magic Cast-On today. Multiple times. I could just not get the hang of it. Maybe it's because I was working on dpns rather than circulars, but first I couldn't get the loops to interlock, and then once I finally managed that, I couldn't manage to knit between the two -- it was too tight. I think the most I got was six stitches before the whole thing fell apart.

After watching me rip, curse, and try again for about an hour and a half, Eve pronounced me "stubborn as a mule." I told her that was one of the nicest compliments I'd gotten in quite a while.

The provisional cast-on as directed in Knitty's Toe-Up Sock Formula drove me crazy (me not liking a crochet cast-on? There is clearly a disturbance in the Force) so I was really hoping the Magic Cast-On would do the trick. Curses, foiled again.

So the upshot of all this is I've decided wrap-and-turn toes aren't so bad after all. I'll have to post a picture of my first one so you can see what happens when you forget to slip a stitch on the second half of the toe. I might have frogged it and tried again if I weren't already so sick of frogging, but since this is my first sock and I know it's going to have mistakes no matter what, I decided to suck it up. Lizardsmells tells me that's easy enough to fix. (Oh, there is good news! I got to hang out with Lizardsmells which definitely makes me cooler than you are. Envy me!)

Oh, and in other bad news, the tip of one of my #1 dpns has been chewed on. *looks meaningfully at No No Bad Kitty*


Eve said...

Go take a look at those pictures from Knitty again. Judy's using doublepoints! It just takes practice, practice, practice. And that's where being stubborn will serve you well.

sleepycat said...

It took me for absolutely-freaking-ever to figure out a crochet cast on that works and I still mess it up half the time. There is a REALLY easy way to start toe up socks that I found in the Sensational Knitted Socks book. It does involve a provisional cast on but waste yarn works for the 7 minutes you have it in there. You basically cast on with waste yarn, knit a little rectangle, pick up the stitches on the sides and the ones from the provisional cast on and then start going around and increasing. I think Charlene calls it the "easy toe"