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Friday, April 1, 2011

Leg warmers, of course!

Ever since I started knitting it has been my desire to knit socks.  I can't think of anything I want to knit more.  Yet I hesitate.  I drag my feet.  I avoid my DPN's like the plague.  Then I decided I had to come to terms with the multitude of needles, and GET ON WITH IT!  Sure, I had some laddering, and maybe I poked myself with a needle or two, but still, I persevered.

I present a pair of leg warmers I made for my daughter.  They are the biggest thing I've ever made on DPN's, previously I only ever used them to finish off hats from circular needles.  These were fun, and you might recognize that yarn from my Sunshine Baby Hat from last week.

A complaint I have is the yarn I used is pretty cheap (Knit Whizz) and it had several knots I had to cut out on the second ball, which is why the purple and yellow pattern aren't the same for each legging.  Not a major thing by any stretch of the imagination, since they were just for fun anyway.




Now, if you are wondering to yourself, yes, I have started a sock!  I am using  Silver Sock Class and giving it a go.  With any luck I might, just might have a sock to share next Friday (don't hold your breath). If anyone knows of a really easy sock pattern that would like to share, I would appreciate it!

On a happy note, I was late posting this morning, and my Mum-in-law came round to give me the cardigan she was knitting for me.  Here are some pictures showing it off--without my head, of course.  Sigh.  I have issues with the self-timer function.




22 comments:

  1. What cuties you have at home! Leg warmers are the best thing ever for little dancers!
    Your new sweater is lovely. You found a wonderful man with a wonderful Mom!! Lucky you!

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  2. Love the legwarmers & what a pretty sweater, too!

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  3. The leg warmers look darling on your little dancer and perfect for a dancer too. Love the colors. Your sweater is awesome.

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  4. I think those are the best leg warmers I have seen. I love the pattern the wool makes. Until you pointed it out, I didn't even notice the purple and yellow bands not matching.

    Lovely cardigan. Lucky you!

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  5. Gee those are so cute! Great colors, your daughter is very pleased with them too!

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  6. Your ballerina looks lovely in her new leg warmers. I, like you have only used dp needles to finish hats. I've been intimidated. Thanks for the encouragemnet! Beautiful sweater!

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  7. Good job tackling that fear of DPNs! The basic sock pattern I used for my first few pairs of socks was the Yarn Harlot's: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/sock-recipe-a-good-plain-sock

    Good luck with the socks, they can be addictive!

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  8. Socks are on my list as well.

    I had issues with the many dpns when working on sleeves for my Plumber Sweater. I finally gave up and found a very short set of circs.

    Yay for your MIL for making such an awesome sweater.

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  9. YAY leg warmers! Seriously, I could have written this post. I learned how to knit because I'm dying to make socks. I have LOADS of sock yarn. But I'm scared. Have you considered the magic loop instead? Knit Picks has a great video on their you tube channel that is a sock class basically, using the magic loop.

    Here's the link: http://www.knitpicks.com/tutorials/Kelleys_Sock_Class__L10040501.html

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  10. Lovely little leg warmers and what an adorable model. Your new sweater is beautiful!

    I used to use double points for my sock knitting but have converted over to 2 size 2-24" circulars. So much easier and makes taking them with you hassle free. No more hoping the stitches don't fall off the short needles. On the circs you can just move the stitches to the middle.

    I wish you luck with your socks.

    Happy Fiber Arts Friday!

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  11. Socks are great, can't wait to see how your come out

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  12. That cardigan is gorgeous - what a great gift! I think those legwarmers are adorable, too.

    I'm another believer in the 2-circulars method of knitting in the round. I learned from Cat Bordhi's book (I think it's "Socks Soar on 2 Circular Needles") and rarely use DPNs anymore. There is less moving around of the stitches than Magic Loop and much less laddering than I had with the DPNs. It's also more secure when you set the project down -- I hardly ever have stitches fall off like I did with the DPNs. (End of public service announcement!)

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  13. Ugh, I hate knots in yarn!

    Lovely leg warmers and cardigan. I'm iffy on dpns too, so I knit socks entirely with circs -- no laddering!

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  14. Thank you for all the wonderful comments, tips and pattern ideas. I never knew you could knit socks on two circulars--I am very interested. I did try magic loop but again I had ladder issues. There is so much to learn, what fun!

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  15. The leg warmers look like a lot of fun. They are a great combination of colors and your daughter looks pretty pleased with them. Love your sweater, the colors are classic and you'll be able to wear it for a very long time. Happy Fiber Arts Friday!

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  16. Cute leg warmers! I have to make my girls some leg warmers. I wanted to get them done & have them for ice skating this past winter, but never got to it. Oh well, maybe next year!

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  18. OH I love the cardigan. Your mother in law has talent. The leg warmers are adorable as well. I tried crocheting and it was not something that I would ever be able to master, I can't imagine knitting. Good luck with the sock.

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    What adorable little leg warmers and a beautiful sweater! Very talented!

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  22. Love the colorful legwarmers and what a lucky dil you are! Thanks so much for linking up to Beyond The Picket Fence.

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