Thursday, January 19, 2012

I snapped...

my knitting needle while at the park on Tuesday. I know that the smaller size needles are fragile, so I try to have a gentle grip. I was doing fine with my size 1 needles until I tried showing my friend the tip of a pen. We were discussing the merits of a fine point sharpie when I took the lid off. I was still holding my knitting when I heard the crack. I knew immediately that my sock progress would be delayed. No needle meant no more knitting on the sock.

The socks are a gift for a very patient person. My SIL has been hinting about socks for a few years now. I never got the subtle hinting. I would just blissfully knit along not realizing she wanted me to make her socks. With some gentle nudging help from my brother, I now know she wants some socks. Her birthday is fast approaching, and I want to present her with socks. Broken knitting needles can only thwart me so far, so I bought a new set at the local fabric store yesterday. I hope to knit a few more inches on the socks today. They are an easy afterthought heel construction.
When I set aside the sock knitting, I reached into my bag for another project. I have learned through experience to never carry only one knitting project. Aine's Milo vest was my backup project. I knit another heart cable repeat on the vest before leaving the park. I am hoping to finish it in the next week. She loves the color already and is very eager to wear it.
Fortunately I had something to keep me occupied as my kiddos played a game of whiffle ball(complete with tree climbing to rescue an errant ball) and crafted a water and mud slide. Park days are full of conversation, games and a whole lot of knitting.

Joining Ginny late this week for knitting and reading, although I have not read much this week aside from books for my children.

8 comments:

  1. a while ago i sat on a needle and snapped it. i was so sad. the vest is so lovely. i can't wait to see it!

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  2. The nerve of your needle breaking like that! I am knitting with a size 0 needle, but was too afraid of it breaking so for once I went with metal. I really don't want to hear that breaking sound! :) I love the idea of having more than one project in the bag when you are out and will have to follow your example.

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  3. Loved the title to this post :) It was an attention grabber for me! I hope you can get another needle asap!!

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  4. Ouch! Needle breaking is no fun. I'm glad you came prepared with another project. I see the pattern for the Afterthought Heel Sock (saved it in my Ravelry library) - I've heard of this before but don't know what it meant so I tracked down the video from their site. Do you like the method?

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  5. oh dear, with needles that tiny its bound to happen to anyone! i always carry my knitting basket with a few things, just in case you see. hee hee.

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  6. I have only snapped crochet hooks, never a knitting needle (yet). I love the colors on the Milo vest!

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  7. the vest is looking so sweet...katherine broke a size 7 bamboo needle right in half recently.

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  8. Glad to hear you were able to pick up a replacement set and can get back to knitting those fabulous socks. I love the little heart pattern on Aine's vest!

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