Wednesday, April 12, 2006

I am a winner.

I can't believe that I won something! I NEVER win anything. I just don't have that kind of luck. I didn't think that I stood a chance, but tried anyways. I entered the Mason Dixon Contest on January One and won a autographed copy of the Mason Dixon Knitting Book. What did I say that was my favorite thing Mason and Dixon? Long Island Ice Tea and Sweet Tea. Winning the book really salvaged the crappy day I had on Friday. Thank you so much, Cara!

Pure Knits is now open for business! And Yahaira is the proprietress. I was sworn to secrecy, but now I can tell the world.

My first sock is progressing nicely. I have finished turning the heel and the heel gusset. I am now working on the foot part. The pattern I am using is the Classic Sock Pattern from Yankee Knitter Designs. It is clearly written and easy to follow. And this is my first sock knitting book that came in the mail yesterday.

Sock knitters, I have a question for you. What length and what kind of DPN's do you like to use for sock knitting? I am currently using Clover "Takumi" bamboo dpns and they are 7 inches long. I find that they are a bit fiddly and they get in my way, thus slowing down my knitting. Any recommendations would be very appreciated. Thanks!


Amy said...

Congratulations on winning the book - that is so cool! I haven't knit a sock, but I am doing the sleeves of my sweater on size 2 DPNs, which is rather like knitting a tube sock. I went with the Crystal Palace needles that are about 5" long.

Angela said...

We are learning the magic loop method tonight in my knitting group! I have always used size 1 metal dpns for socks so the stitches glide off easier, but I hear this magic loop method is fabulous! I will let you know! Looks like you are making great progress on your first socks!!! Keep it up :)

Libby said...

I heart some metal DPNs from Sweden/Finland? called INOX. I know Grumperina uses them too, sometimes.

The stitches glide off when you're knitting, but rarely slide off inadvertently. and they are CHEAP. I cannot say enough good things about these needles.

PS - congrats! :)

Dipsy D. said...

Hi from Austria! Oh, your sock is coming along so nicely, I love the colorline of it! And hey, congrats for winning the book, how great!
By the way, I'm usually using size 1 metal dpns for socks, they work best for me.

CynCyn said...

if you love DPNs, try shorter ones (5" long... there's a company called chiagoo or somethin that makes them for cheap). i personally prefer magic loop. much faster since i don't have to fiddle and change needles every 15-20 sts.