she's crafty...and she's just my type

6.30.2004

I have my first knitting student now! I taught my friend Johanna how to cast on and do garter stitch. Actually, re-taught, because she'd learned last winter and just needed to refresh her memory. And she's doing awesome. It's a little hard to explain the motions to someone else because they've gotten to be second nature for me, but it was fun.

We also went to the LYS, and it only served as a reminder why I don't go there so much. It's far far away, out in the suburbs, and the owners are not very friendly at all. I don't think they're too jazzed about the younger knitters, which is crazy. Who is going to pass on the craft that's allowed them to make a living except us talented young ladies and gentlemen? Plus! They mark everything up so much. Example: One ball of Rowan Kidsilk Haze is about $13.80 on the internet, but they charge something like $15.95! And their selection is smallish. I want to support my local yarn store, but they make it so difficult. I'm thinking of a day trip to Cincinnati, because I think they have three or four yarns stores in the Cincy/Northern Ky area.

6.23.2004

Pippi Kneestockings numero uno

Hello. I'm Dayna and this is my knitting blog. I learned how to knit from my fifth grade teacher, and picked up the needles again when I was nineteen. It's become a bit of an obsession for me lately, and I wanted to make a blog to keep track of my work. And also to show off. : ) Plus, it's helped me to look at other knitters' blogs for advice on projects and such.

And now, with no further ado, my latest project. I finished my first sock ever last week! It's the Pippi Kneestockings pattern from the Stich n' Bitch book
and I'm happy with how it turned out. Now I just gotta get started on the mate...


yarn: Bernat Sox in hot pink, hot steel, and ice hot (ooo hot!)
needles: size 2's
time: one week
notes: The pattern calls for size 3's, but I have smallish feet, so I went down to 2's and they fit fine. I couldn't find the elastic in the pattern, so I just used white beading elastic (hence the first stripe in white) and it's a little scratchy but okay.