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:: Sunday, April 08, 2007 ::

Two for One


If you ask me, knitting is more annoying than crochet. It takes longer. You knit and knit and knit and then look at your sock to see it's the same size. If one loop jumps ship rows and rows of complicated work can be ruined. On the other hand, crochet is fast. Flexible. It's easy to make lace--actual doilies, with thread. Mistakes don't threaten to unravel an entire piece.

Lately, though, I've been knitting more than crocheting. Why? I've been crocheting for as long as I can remember. Mom set me down with the beginnings of a towel topper when I was five or so, and I thought it was cool. My grandmother taught me the basics a little after that and I've been at it ever since. If a technique exists, I've done it--thread crochet, tunisian crochet, hairpin crochet, filet, dishcloths, hats, baby stuff, doilies, afghans... I've conquered it all.

But knitting? There's still lots of stuff to learn. Lots of things to challenge me, to wrestle with. I like that. So... knitting it is. Here's the project du jour:



A sock. Knit on big needles, with thick yarn, but still, a sock. But wait, what's this?



It's actually two socks I'm knitting at once!

I found a great tutorial at knitty, an online knitting zine. Double knitting, the technique's called, and the tutorial dubs it the "ultimate knitting party trick -- extreme knitting at its best". So of course, I had to give it at try. ^_^ I'm tempted to move to sock weight yarn and needles right away... but I should make sure I'm able to turn a heel first. Just in case.

(And knitters, you know I was kidding in the first paragraph, right? Well... half kidding? Good. ^_^)

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