Finished my first sock! DPNs weren't hard to use after all which is really a relief because I can see lots of uses for them in the future, e.g. Vogue Knitting's Circular Shrug (which I've wanted to knit but, when I saw it had to be started on DPNs, I was instantly deterred), and hats worked from the crown down, etc.
Sock from Web of Wool Sock Kit knitted in Opal Rodeo
However, despite being quite happy to use DPNs, I think I may quickly move on to socks on two circulars. This is because there are lines visible where the stitches were on different needles. These are not ladders, just lines. I did everything to avoid ladders by pulling the yarn tight on the last and first stitch on each needle and by spreading the stitches over a larger area by using all five needles. I didn't try moving a stitch over on to the next needle each time which I've heard can help because I was afraid I'd get in a muddle (it being my first sock and all). Perhaps, I pulled the yarn a bit too tight between needles or maybe the lines that look just like creases that could be ironed out are par for the course when knitting socks on DPNs. I don't know ..... but I'm going to have a go at other methods anyway including, perhaps, the magic loop method as well as the two circulars method. The sock fits just fine and, when I tried it on, the lines disappeared!
Other than the sock, I've knitted another corsage and another small bag (which still needs a cord).
The orange bag was meant to replace the original bag which was to be entered into the draw as a little pressie for someone but, again, I'm not happy with it. It turned out a bit too big when using the Amulet Bag pattern so I'm going to knit it yet again in thinner yarn, still on DPNs, but probably more of a rectangular shape as I think the beads looked better on the first bag which I frogged. It will mean a seam at the bottom but I can cope with that and they do say "third time lucky" so let's hope so!
I really liked Michelle's idea for the Craft Fair of small bags for children with a necklace or bracelet inside. Thanks, Michelle! I thought I'd have a play at trying to make some knitted jewellery perhaps using i-cord and beads.
I had an email from Posh Yarn today saying that my yarn has now been despatched by registered post and that I should receive it in the next day or two. Isn't it exciting!!