Saturday, December 02, 2006

My first, last and only knitting post



 
Life hit sideways a couple of days ago, and all tote sewing has been put on hold.
I needed a couple of R&R days and am bouncing back again.

In the mean time I have tried some knitting and again I found my arms and neck still do not like knitting.
I have not knitted in 10+ years, but seeing all the beautiful yarn and knitting around on the blogs has inspired me too.
I used to knit a lot back then - sweaters in complicated patterns and dozens pairs of socks.

A pair of socks in one of the new variegated threads felt like something I could enjoy.
Half a sock knitted and I met the old arm pain, even if I only knitted a little at a time, and these socks took most of a week to finish.
I decided to not give up - I did not need a knitting Ufo as well, so I kept at it until sock # 2 was done.
These socks are easy. I know how to turn a heel, so I decided to try one of those tube socks, with no heel.
First the ordinary rib, 2 knit, 2 purl, until desired length, then the 2 knit, 2 purl was skewed by 1 every 4th round until decired length.
They fit snuggly as you see.
DD2 likes these socks very much so she got them to use and enjoy.
Now I am putting away the knitting needles for good, with no regrets whatsoever.

Back to what I love and enjoy the most - quilting and stitchery :-)
I have 1 old Ufo to take care of this winter + a handful of other lovely work.
Even talking about quilting and stitchery brings a smile to my face and a twinkle in my eyes.

I will still enjoy looking at lovely knitting all around, but with no desire to join in.
That really is something too !

11 comments:

QuiltingFitzy said...

The first time I went back to knitting last year, I had a horribly sore shoulder. I used the "throw the yarn over the right needle" method. I was using my shoulder and entire arm.

This year I got smart and limited my movement to my hands and fingers, and I can knit for days.

I found that even old people can learn new things.

...but there still isn't anything that compares to fabric...8^)

Elisabeth Augusta said...

It sure was a good try, Hanne, and I certainly admire your stubbornness...errr, I mean perseverance. LOL

Cynthia said...

you did so well Hanne to complete those socks if though you were having problems. They are a lovely color.

I love the stitchery on your tote bag. Hope you get the chance to finish it.

Patti said...

Hanne, they are very beautiful socks - just like the kind I love to wear. I'm so sorry you can't knit any more! You certainly can look at the bright side however - more time for quilting!

Susan said...

Sometimes you just have to get it out of your system. I don't knit, never have, after one abortive attempt, and it's okay. I have enough quilting and crazy quilting to do, if I live to be 100. I like the tote you are making. I love embroidery, and that is a great picture.

Sweet P said...

I love th colors in your socks. I'm not a knitter, but I do crochet. I haven't picked up a crochet hook since I started quilting over 2 years ago.

Nadine said...

Nice socks ! And they must be so warm, too !
Too bad that your arms and neck are painful, while knitting, but I understand what you mean : I've got neck arthritis...
But we're lucky enough to have so many other beautiful things to do, and that's what matters.

Hugs & smiles,
NADINE.

The Calico Cat said...

I will still enjoy looking at lovely knitting all around, but with no desire to join in.

Ditto! I am so glad that I will not be the only one not knitting...

Gail said...

They turned out very well. Where did you find the tube sock pattern?

Mary said...

I am knitting but not joining in the sock frenzy. I have scarves, hats, and doggie sweaters to work on but refuse to add another project to the list. I also want to get moved and back to my quilting!

Shelina said...

Good for you for having the persistence of finishing the socks, your daughter for wearing and loving them, and for you to learn that you'd rather be quilting. You wouldn't know until you try. The yarns are tempting me too, but I remember my knitting days, and they weren't pretty.