I was having problems with a sock I was making for my dad's birthday, so I brought it to the local yarn shop for advice.
Notice the spiral pattern on the cuff–neither intended nor desirable. A nice young lady who was the utter personification of Hip Young Knitter took a look at it and said we need to knit together, which was a clue that the spiral was not going to go away with a little washing and blocking. She sat me down with a couple of needles and some sample yarn.
Apparently I've been twisting my stitches, ever since I started knitting, like, a year ago. Dad may get knitted socks next year.
My friend Amy has been talking about finding some kind of garment to cover her elbows when she moisturizes, like cutting the toes out of some tube socks–it seems like a good project for Stitch Retraining Sampler Arm Warmers (knitting books and web sites are full of patterns for fingerless gloves and armwarmers, but I've never actually ever seen anyone wearing them). Fortunately I have Lots of Yarn, because I'm in the Spend a Lot of Money Get Lots of Stuff!!! stage of knitting rabies (though really–skeins of red tweed for $1 each at Michaels–how could you not buy three?)
So today I get home from church and pick up the Stitch Retraining Sampler and I'm knitting and I'm knitting and…
What could have happened?
Sally mostly ignores the knitting, but Sukey will stare at the string…stare at the string…and pownce!!!