Hey all! We have our first Member Spotlight of the semester! Introducing Michael "Steady Hands" Springer!
Hi, I’m Michael! I am currently a senior, majoring in Biology here at Pitt. I have been knitting for about 4 months now. I feel that knitting is very relaxing, and you get to make your own clothes at the same time. It’s the best of both worlds! I recently finished my first project, which was a hat, and I am currently working on a scarf.
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Hugs and Stitches,
Ashlee DiDomenico - Pitt Knits Social Media Chair
About 7 years ago, my mom and grandmother brought me to a fancy yarn store for the first time. There was something magical about going to a store completely devoted to yarn for knitters and crocheters! After taking it all in I found myself drawn to the large collection of fingering/sock weight yarn. There was solid yarn, variegated yarn, speckled yarn, pretty much every style you could dream of. I knew that I needed to find a project that called for sock/fingering weight yarn if I wanted to convince my mom and grandmother to buy me the skein of my dreams. I decided I would make myself a pair of socks with a wool blend of self-striping rainbow-dyed sock/fingering weight yarn. My grandmother bought me a sock pattern, size 2 double pointed needles, and of course the yarn. I walked out of the store with giant smile on my face and a determined and excited look in my eyes, for I was ready to make some socks! I might have been determined, but I struggled to learn how to knit on double pointed needles. A few months into the project I was no closer to having my own hand knit socks than the day I was when I got my yarn. I moved on from my sock project; for 2 years I did not even think about picking up the double pointed needles until my grandmother gifted me a pair of socks she had knitted special for me. It was then that I decided that I needed to pick up the needles and get to work on my own socks. It took some time, but I finally figured out how to work in the round on double pointed needles. Eventually I was able to finish one baby sock with my rainbow yarn! However, I got bored of sock making and I let the project sit in my knitting bag once again. Up until last year that baby sock would be the only sock I have ever made; that is until I took a trip to a fancy yarn store once again and bought some beautiful NORO sock yarn. On January 3rd, 2016 I began making my socks, and for 3 months I worked my butt off to finish my socks. On March 29th, 2016 I finally casted off on my second sock, pulled the socks on my feet, and took a finished picture for my Ravelry account! I love my handmade socks and I loved knitting them. It didn't take long for me to make a second and even a third pair! Nevertheless, my sock struggles weren’t over quite yet. This fall I purchased some beautiful green yarn from Steel City Fiber and I finished my first sock few weeks later, but my second sock has been stuck on the needles for months on end. I love knitting socks, but sometimes I just get so bored with it and I struggle to finish the pair. Although I may be riding the sock struggle bus that doesn't mean you should be to. Our social media chair, Ashlee, recently told me about a knitting technique where you can knit both socks at once! This way you will not run into the problem of having one lone sock ever again.
Below are links to two different Youtube videos showing you how to knit socks two at a time in the Magic Loop method!
Toe Up Socks
There’s also the Double-Knitting method, which is knitting one sock *inside* the other, on the same needles at the same time.
Here’s a link with pictures and a description: http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEfall06/FEATextreme2in1.html
And here’s a Youtube video showing the technique!
Hugs and stitches,
Ashley is Pitt Knit's social media coordinator. In addition to the blog, Ashley runs Pitt Knit's facebook, twitter and instagram accounts. She is a sophomore at Pitt, and is majoring in biology and minoring in chemistry. She has been knitting and crocheting for one year!