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Just saw this posted on the internet sock list:

Sock Innovation Errata.
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Here's a glimpse of the continuing Summer Sliding Sock. I haven't worked on this sock since Saturday, since I've been down with flu and I really am not up for ticky or difficult knitting. It's teddy bear jumpers and a ditty bag for me at the moment.

I'm into the gusset increases at the moment and will turn the heel fairly soon.
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I think the new needle is working. I kept the first sock on the 3.25mm needle and started this one on a 2.5mm. I was a little worried at first because the tension was visibly denser and I was concerned it wouldn't fit, but I think it's actually going to work out fine at this point. And yes, I like the green-to-yellowy-orange thing the other ball was doing a bit better than this, but we'll get to that point on this sock as well.
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In conversation with [personal profile] aunty_marion, I suddenly came to the realisation that, hey, I have two balls of this stuff. Why not start a second sock, on 2.75mm needles, and see how it works out? That way, no harm, no foul, no ripping out before I see a solution. So I'm going to try that, to see how the smaller needles work and fit. And I'll go with whichever one I like best—or I'll choose something else.

Sometimes, it takes a miracle to see the obvious. ;-)
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summerslidinglace
Originally uploaded by harpetrator
I'm really loving the way the colours are coming out on this sock. Thanks to everybody who encouraged me to knit this one: I think it's going to work out fine.

My only concern still is that the 3.25mm needles are not giving a very firm sock and that both the pattern itself and the garment will suffer for this. Then again, I still have my first pair of socks, made in sockweight Fortissima Socka, on 3.5mm needles, and they've held up fine. I can't help but think the pattern might look nicer with a firmer tension. The largest size for this fairly complicated sock is 70 sts around, so I had to find a tension that would give between 9.5 and 9.7 stitches per inch on 70 stitches. I settled on 7.5 stitches/inch on the 3.25mms, which will give me a sock 9.5" around -- half an inch smaller than my foot, but the sock should stretch.

It's still possible I'll rip this out; I need to see how the lace pattern looks once it's built a little more. I'll make a decision probably in the next two or three inches.
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summerslidingtoe
Originally uploaded by harpetrator
I am loving knitting with the Zauberball! It's unlike any other sock wool I've ever used in that it appears not to be plied. It's almost like a sock weight Lopi, only very soft and more than a little bit fuzzy. Despite its appearance in the ball, it does have variable thickness.

In order to knit the Summer Sliding socks, I had to go up several needle sizes, so depending on how the patterning looks, you may see a reluctant frog have to happen here. If that does happen, I'll drop back to the Magic Mirror socks, which have very similar construction. I'm thinking that the fuzziness of the Zauberball may make up for the 7.5 st/in tension, which is really working very well. I'm using Addi lace needles, which also help with the fuzziness. The designer wants 9 st/in, so I'm hoping that the general stretchiness of lace will forgive my tension sins.

You can see that the green is just beginning to lighten into yellow at the top of the toe there; I'm very interested in seeing how and where the colour changes will take place. Although I've experimented with Turkish cast-on before (and taught it in class -- that was the first time I ever did one!), this is the first pair of socks I've done a Turkish cast-on for, and I am in love. The seamless appearance of the toe is, to quote a world of supervillains, 'sheer elegance in its simplicity!'. And it allows an easy wedge toe on a toe-up sock without the bumps and jogs you get from the QK double cast-on or doing a provisional cast-on and picking up stitches!
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I've set up and confirmed my account this morning, and I'm going to try the import thing when I'm home over my lunch break today, as the school's URL filtering seems to think that parts of Dreamwidth are 'matchmaking' sites, but it appears I'm just fine typing a post into the editor.

This blog, Kniteracy, will replace an old Blogspot blog I had that I hated because photo posting was so difficult. It will mirror posts from my LJ that have to do with knitting, and probably all public posts will be crossposted as well. I intend for this to be a mostly public blog, and as such I'll be less likely to whinge and complain here than those of you who read me on LiveJournal may be used to. It's probably good for me, not whinging so much. ;-)

If you're reading Kniteracy and you see a post below this one or appearing to be posted at an earlier date or time, it's likely been imported from my LiveJournal blog.

I'm glad to be here.
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So, tell me.

If you could take a holiday to any time or place in human/earth history, with the caveat that you would be unable to make a measurable distance in the life of any person, or affect historical events in any way....

What time and place would you choose? How long would you want to stay? In your opinion, what would be the best history tourist destinations?

My answers below the cut tag )

That's all I can come up with, just in a few minutes. What's your ideal historical tour? :)
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I completed these last night and wove the ends in this morning.

Three photos beneath cut tag )
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To Knitting Software .Com, from whom I purchased the inexpensive Sock Wizard Mac application yesterday. There were two versions of their ordering website online, one with a download option and one without. The one with the download option did not work, so I ordered the software to be shipped, and this morning I sent an email asking if there were a downloadable version.

We went off to take [livejournal.com profile] pola_bear back to university early this afternoon, and I thought no more of it, figuring I'd get a response possibly on Monday. But when we stopped for lunch, I checked email via the iPhone and found that the lady from Knitting Software had already got back to me, apologising because they'd updated their website and those links weren't good, including a download link to the software and a note that she wouldn't be charging me for shipping!

And now on to the application, which looks great, if basic. It's essentially a full-service sock calculator, with a lot of options. Alas, it isn't customisable to the point where I could just plug in some parameters and change a sock architecture a la Cat Bordhi, but it offers cuff-down and toe-up options, patterns written for 4 or 5 dpn or 1 or 2 circulars, and a very nice variety of heels and toes, including a toe-up star toe which looks like fun—in three lengths, standard (crew) short (ankle) and knee. The website has photos of some of the heel designs. It makes patterns according to US shoe sizes, which may prove a bit of a problem for some, but there are plenty of online conversion charts that will tell you what your US shoe size would be. It does not allow adjustments for very wide feet/ankles/calves, but does enough of the basic maths that it will be possible to design the same sock in several sizes, aside from the charting of whatever pattern I want to use. The charting, of course, is what Stitch Visualizer is for. ;-) (subtle hint: my birthday is coming up!) :-D

I suspect I'll get seriously started on whatever I'm making with the Zauberball and try to clear some more UFOs before I settle down to knitting any socks from Sock Wizard-based patterns, but so far I'm pleased. The program is easy to use, produces simple, readable patterns that can be customised to my satisfaction and will need only basic tweaks to incorporate inventive patterning and whatnot, and it was quite inexpensive at $35 US.

I'm sure I'll have more to say about Sock Wizard in the days and weeks to come, but my first impression is very good.
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I picked up this lovely wool on Wednesday at I Knit London, and now I'm thinking I may get a second ball of it if they still have it on Saturday.

Zauberball translates to 'magic ball', and I think that even in the ball it live up to its name. It's just alive with possibilities, isn't it? The wool comes in an astounding array of colours, not all of them this bright, I promise!


Photos and pattern photo links below cut tag )
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I've charted the lace pattern, which like so many of the patterns we love, was lifted from a Barbara Walker Treasury, with some bits added in for interest.
Technical Bits )

Razor's Edge Sock Pattern (.pdf)
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As if I didn't already have enough to do, I thought, "Hey, I'll design a pair of lace socks that will work well with self-patterning jaquard sock wool! Yeah! Let's do that!" Well, they've at least given me a chance to experiment a bit more with the square DPNs, which I still like.

Three photographs, plus technical notes, beneath cut tag. Pattern to follow. )
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Not just a modification; a "real" design this time. These were cast on last night, and they are moving pretty quickly at this point.

Single photo below cut tag. )
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Back in November, I posted a review of Kollage's "Square" circular needles. I hated them, because the cable is sticky like Gumby, even though the advertising is accurate in that the cable is definitely flexible. In fact, it's too flexible-- but you can read my review above if you're interested in knowing more about them.

On Saturday, I taught a beginning sock class at IKL, and we put everybody on 2.75mm DPNs. I think it's confusing, especially for relatively inexperienced knitters, if teacher is using a totally different method, so I borrowed a pair of the square circulars to knit this sock.

And you know what? I like them. For somebody who magic loops just about everything, that's a pretty big admission for me. They are comfortable in the hands, slick, and fast. If anything could make me go back to DPNs, at least for some projects, it's Square Double Point Needles. Of course, they're still very expensive (£8! for a single set of 5 needles at IKL), so I'm doubtful I'll be stocking up any time soon, but I really like them. Down sides are that just like other DPNs, it's easy to lose one, and at this price, yow. Plus, as they're metal, they won't fulfil my usual reason for having any DPNs at all, which is airplane knitting.

I'm beginning to think that using Brittany DPNs for so long may have coloured my judgment about DPNs in general. Perhaps if I'd tried some metal ones earlier, I would like them a little better in general, although I do have a set of Addi DPNs that I don't like at all. [livejournal.com profile] mithranstar has some cool electric purple aluminium DPNs that I'd like to check out, if only because they are PRUPLE. :) But the Kollage ones are a lovely brass colour, and they do make with the happy metallic clicky-clicky, so perhaps I can be satisfied with a few pairs of these. Because of the hefty price tag, I've committed to keeping the plastic shop cases around and storing them in those, in the needle case. Because losing one would be annoying, but losing two would be a disaster. :-/
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There are a ton of sock knitting resources out there. On the Internet, you can find hundreds of free patterns, along with sock construction guidelines and tips for just about every kind of sock knitting you can imagine. And I only say ‘just about’ because I’m sure someone will think of something new. Maybe they are thinking of it right this minute.

Some of you know that last week’s sock class required me to begin rewriting a sock pattern on the fly, in a class with six students. Other chaos occurred as well, but what I’m now anticipating with dread is the fact that not all my knitters will be able to knit a complete heel flap, plus turn their heels, plus begin their gusset decreases, in two hours’ time. I’m halfway through my heel flap on this sock and intend to stop at the heel turn so I can demonstrate it on Saturday. All but one of the students in this class are relatively new or inexperienced knitters, and we were just getting into the swing of working in the round when it was time to end the class. Most of them are at the stage where they’re just sort of trusting the patterns they knit. They may have reached the, “I don’t like this pattern stitch, so I’m going to substitute another at the exact point,” stage. But nobody here is really knitting fearlessly, at least not yet.

Anyway, because I have to rewrite this pattern for my class, I thought I’d talk a little bit about sock construction, what there is out there, and how to do it without really thinking about it. No reason not to share that here. ;-)

Lots of my knitting friends know these tricks, but the truth is I can explain the basics of cuff-down sock construction in a series of simple bullet points.

Basic Sock Formula )

Using this formula, you can make socks for anybody, using any kind of wool, on circulars or double points; it's your choice.

Please don't be intimidated by the maths. They are really very basic, and after knitting socks for donkey's years, I pretty much just know them off the top of my head.

Great books about sock knitting:

  • The aforementioned Folk Socks. It's a great resource, although it's somewhat densely written. Like most books that try to do absolutely everything, some bits of it may not appeal to everybody.
  • Sensational Knitted Socks provides a number of zipper patterns with lots of variations.
  • Simple Socks, Plain and Fancy is a great resource for short-row heel socks, toe up and top down.
  • Ethnic Socks provides a great introduction to socks and techniques from Eastern Europe and Turkey. If you like stranded knitting, this is a great one to play with.
  • Cool Socks, Warm Feet presents itself as a pattern book for socks made from printed and self-patterning yarns, but there are some great technique notes in it as well.
  • Sock Innovation, my newest acquisition, has already proven to be a great resource, full of fascinating design notes about how to make your socks spectacular and unique.
  • New Pathways for Sock Knitters, which amazon lists as unavailable in the UK, is actually available. If you're ready to branch out, Cat Bordhi's book explains a number of different ways to handle sock shaping so that you can create some fascinating and fantastic socks.


Great Internet resources for sock knitting:

  • The Internet Sock Knitters List Homepage. Here you'll find a lot of resources. If you decide to join the list, be aware that it is very, very chatty and high-traffic. I skim the digests when I have time, but I haven't been a regular poster to mailing lists in years.
  • Knitting Socks provides tutorials and some tips and patterns. Google Ads on front page.
  • A quick search on Ravelry reveals 557 matches for groups with keyword 'sock'.
  • Ravelry also has a huge pattern database. The most popular sock pattern on Ravelry is currently Cookie A's 'Monkey', from Knitty. More than 8,000 Ravelry members are knitting or have knitted this sock. Ravelry lists 6,900 sock patterns, nearly 2,500 of them free.
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Well, let's see.

I'm just not a monogamous knitter; it's obvious. And I neglect projects for months, sometimes years, at a time. Sometimes I come across a neglected project when I'm going through my stash, usually looking to start something new, and although I know in my heart I might never finish it, particularly that replacement pair of Camelot socks that I've lost the pattern for (and I had two copies of the pattern at one point; can you believe that? I should really just scan everything and turn it into .pdfs for my iPhone). Still, I can't bear to give them up. I think I can remember most of them.

  1. It wouldn't be fair not to list those gorgeous Camelot Socks,* after having whinged about them up there;
  2. There's the Ragna,* which I put aside because I was knitting Christmas gifts. The bottom mitres are all joined for the front, and I'm about to start knitting up;
  3. There's [livejournal.com profile] filceolaire's spiral tank top,* which is temporarily put aside because I have to make a couple of design decisions and I'm not ready yet;
  4. There's [livejournal.com profile] resourceress's Twisted Flower Socks,* one of which is complete. I just need to knit the second sock;
  5. There's Harmarnii's (winolj) Malabrigo lace socks* from DROPS design, one of which is complete. I think I even cast on for the second one at one point. I was on the bus;
  6. There's the gorgeous Rhiannon* knee socks from Cookie A that I have found to be incredibly frustrating and will come back to when I'm feeling like a challenge (yes, they are more challenging than the Ragna!);
  7. There's [livejournal.com profile] bardling's Harika Socks,* one of which is complete and the other of which is at least started;
  8. There's the lace cocoon,* which I've been concentrating on for the last couple of weeks;
  9. There's the Pfeiffer Falls Hooded Scarf,* which I started in the dead of winter and which is going to be very warm and cosy. But I used stash wool, and I'm just not all that thrilled with powder blue. Probably this will go to an auction or a friend when completed;
  10. There's the purple and green entrelac knee socks,* which I'm designing and knitting on the fly. They've been put aside because they're kind of boring to knit, and as I'm doing most of my knitting at home these days, I don't really need train knitting projects at the moment;
  11. And as of last night, there's the Strangling Vines Scarf,* made of sockweight (4ply) Colinette Jitterbug, in the "Popsicle" colourway.


Wow. That's eleven projects, not counting stuff I do for knitting classes and whatever I've forgotten. If any sense, I wouldn't start another one for awhile. But, you know. I have lace yarn.

One photo of Strangling Vine Lace below the cut tag )
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I took some photographs when I was home for lunch, so you could see how this is going.

Three photos below cut tag )
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...I feel a lace phase coming on.

"Can you keep secrets? Can you hear a thing and never say it again? And puzzles and codes, I imagine they lay down to you like lovers."

Tangled Up In Lace? )

Lace knitters, tell me your secrets! I'll never repeat them. ;)
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I did get in a little time for knitting today.

Two photos below cut tag )
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Well, not terribly much progress I'm afraid. Despite the fact that last week was half-term for some people, I had to work a 60-hour week and prepare for four hours' worth of teaching on Saturday. There wasn't much time to work on this project, but what time I spent (a wee bit on Wednesday night at I Knit London and a couple of hours Sunday night at home) got me firmly into the second iteration of the spiral pattern. The Kauni colour change occurred so subtly that I didn't even notice it until I held the knitting up and saw that hey, it did change colour round about there! I am about six rounds into the 28-round offset, so you can just see the edges of the new spirals peeking through above the completed spiral (which looks fabulous, if I do say so myself!) This is a really exciting project, and I wish I had more time to work on it. Maybe this week.

One photograph below cut tag )
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Here is the final pattern chart for the main body of the vest. Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] janewilliams20 for putting my offset idea in graphical form. The photo below is a hand chart of the design (in Excel) with a couple of tweaks for continuity and smoother lines.

very large picture below )
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Over lunch today, I realised I was nearing the end of the first spiral pattern repeat on [livejournal.com profile] filceolaire's vest. Now, I'd spoken to [livejournal.com profile] clothsprogs over the weekend, and he shored up my opinion that I don't want to repeat the braid band at the bottom of that pattern on every repeat: it'll look too much like stripes.

What I'm wondering now is, do I want to offset the repeat by 50% every other row? If you haven't seen the garment or you need a refresher, here's the post I wrote when I began it. It includes the spiral motif and my sketchy pattern. And here's the latest progress report, which will give you an idea of what the spirals look like in this wool.

I'm leaning heavily toward offsetting the spirals. The chart is an even number across, so it will be very simple to do, and I think it will somehow look more natural than just rows and rows of spirals. What do you think?

(no poll; just tell me in comments!)
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I'm not going to cut-tag this. It's just so cute! Seriously, this has been a blast to design and knit, and I've learned a lot. My first ever v-neck steek!


Cody's Finished Fair Isle Vest! Cody's Finished Fair Isle Vest!
Designed and knitted almost completely on the fly, this was quite an adventure. I’d never done a v-neck steek before, and it was a lot of fun and not very scary at all. I’m unhappy with the way the patterning turned out on the front, but I’m sure I can correct this miscalculation in future garments. For a human wearer, I’ll add more shaping to the back neck. I probably will knit one of these for a ball-jointed doll, just to get the more human-sized shaping down, although it’ll be fewer stitches to work with.



Ravelry Project Page for this garment.
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So, since sometime over Christmas, I've been convinced that my copy of Alice Starmore's Book of Fair Isle Knitting, which last I heard was out of print and selling for a bomb on ebay, was missing. I also somehow misplaced The Knitting Answer Book, a present from [livejournal.com profile] mokatiki that I use all the time.

After checking out the Eunny Jang pattern [livejournal.com profile] mithranstar recommended to get my head around neck steeks for [livejournal.com profile] filceolaire's fair isle vest (screw it; I'm using the American term; at least I know which one to use!), I went upstairs, secure in the knowledge that the Starmore was missing but knowing I have a lot of other resources on stranded knitting. So, sure. I pulled down the Pearson, the Gladys Thompson, the McGregor, Sarah Don and Ann Feitelson, plus The Knitter's Handy Book of Sweater Patterns, even though I know it'll be no help. And as I was sitting on my Pilates ball (don't ask!), pondering the other knitting books that have gone mysteriously missing and considering whether or not I should post to LJ to find out if I've actually lent any of these books out to my knitting friends — some books fell off the shelf. And there, in plain view, on the shelf, with its bright red cover clearly visible in a 'how on earth did you miss that' kind of way, was the Starmore. And The Knitting Answer Book.

The gods must love me. But why couldn't they have loved me six weeks ago when I was tearing my hair out looking for this book? On that very bookshelf?

OK, fess up. Who put the boggart in my bookshelf?
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You know, since I started designing jumpers for the teddy bear jumper classes, it now seems the most natural thing in the world to design [livejournal.com profile] filceolaire's fair isle vest by first knitting a sample for Cody, my very patient bear (who is, incidentally, spending the week in Peterborough with friends).

I'm going to knit the Cody version in the green Kauni that G from I Knit London gave me last week. I'll still have plenty left over for a pair of socks. J's vest will be in a series of dusty blues and greys; these are some of his favourite colours, they bring out his eyes, and they're good for the office, unlike some of the other things I knit. ;-)

The ever-fascinating design process )
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Having trouble sleeping tonight, which isn't usual for me. So I might as well yammer on about all the knitting I've been doing this weekend, in between bits and pieces of the Before The Dawn rehearsals.

Several photos below cut tag )
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I posted this on the IKL Ravelry group earlier today, but thought some folks reading here might be interested as well.

Class list behind cut tag )
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It arrived today! Believe it or not, there is enough here to make a cardigan. I will probably use it to make this vest for [livejournal.com profile] filceolaire. Just imagine it all in shades of blue and grey. I may swap out the 3d box pattern on the bottom, because I don't like it. But we shall see.

Photos below cut tag )
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I arrived at I Knit London early enough last night that I could sit and knit with some of the regulars (and hawk my upcoming classes!) I was working on the entrelac sock, which is just barely into its next tier (I've mostly been knitting the Harika), so I got a chance to tell people about entrelac and how simple it really is. I hope a few of them sign up to take the class. Cody was also in attendance, showing off his jumper, and we talked about those classes as well.

I ended up with eight students in my class instead of the usual seven, so G rewarded me for my patience by giving me that ball of Kauni (in green, yellow and black, YES!) for free! :D

But the coolest thing, the above-all coolest thing from last night, was that I have a student in my class who is Portuguese. Now, obviously because my stepdaughters are half Portuguese and I have a good relationship with their mum, I do know some Portuguese people. But I taught my stepdaughters to knit; their mum knitted a few things for them when they were little but hasn't knitted in years. So my stepdaughters knit like I do, with their hands in their laps and, while I wouldn't swear to it, I think they both even knit Continental. I'll have to look sometime!

Y'all know I'm a knitting technique geek. I'm fascinated by different techniques, how to make stitches inside out, how indeed to knit backwards, and all kinds of other flash little tricks like that that make knitting easier and more fluid. I often say in class that it doesn't matter what technique and yarn hold I'm using: students who got an image in their heads of how people knit when they were very young, usually from a relative, will naturally knit in that style. So I make it my business to be able to demonstrate as many knitting styles as possible; this way I can show students how to knit more fluidly in a style that feels right to them. I can demonstrate English and Continental knitting styles with ease; I can even do that Scottish thing where you tuck the right needle under your arm and use your right index finger like a lever and almost all movement is in the left needle. And if anybody out there knits differently or oddly, I want to know about it, study their technique, and figure out how to demonstrate it or incorporate it into what I'm doing.

Years ago, I bought a Threads book called Knitting Around the World or something (I still have it) that showed various people from all over the world knitting in their special style. There was a photo in this book (and I've googled all over the net and can't find one to share with you this morning) of two Greek women knitting. The caption said only that they tensioned the wool around their necks, rather than directly through the fingers, and that the technique was quite fast for stranded work.

All this is leading up to something, I swear! Remember how I said that people naturally fall into the knitting rhythms they've seen in their cultures and from their parents and relatives? My Portuguese student naturally wanted to tension her wool around her neck! And -- there's more to this! It looked like she was doing everything inside out, but really she's not. OK, she is. The natural fast stitch for her is a very fast Continental-style purl, with just a thumb-hook. And, get this: Her knit stitch is like a Norwegian purl, only done what looks backwards to me! With the yarn in front, she double-loops and makes a twist, just like the Norwegian purl -- only back to front. She never moves her yarn. I stayed with her for a few minutes after class, because she was worried she wasn't doing everything right, since all the other students were knitting with their yarn tensioned from the ball and through their fingers. Once I figured out what she was doing, we put English names to her stitches, so she knows that when I say 'knit' I mean what she thinks of as a back stitch, and when I say 'purl' I mean what she thinks of as a front stitch. Absolutely fascinating.

So, on my way home, I rang F, the girls' mother, to ask her how she knitted! She said that yes, everyone in Portugal does it like that. Some people, she says, tension the wool through a big safety pin, like a nappy (diaper) pin, attached to their blouses, but she doesn't know how to do it that way. Next time we get together, will she show me, slowly, so I can demonstrate to other people? Of course, she says, though she is not a very good knitter anymore. I also rang [livejournal.com profile] little_cinnamon, who, being Greek, might have seen this technique used in Greece.

So my question for the Kniterati out there: what other countries in the world use this tensioning method? I had previously thought it was only Greece, though Portugal makes sense as well. Is this how those amazing Estonian knitters turn out things so fast? I've also heard that middle eastern women knit incredibly fast, but I have no idea how they do it.

Tell me, too, about interesting knitting methods you've seen. If you can supply photos, I'd love to see them!


Knitting Portuguese Style
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I got a call today from G at I Knit London, who wanted to schedule just about all my proposed classes!

So, here is the docket.

  • Saturday, 7 March: Tunesian Crochet, 12pm-2pm
  • Saturday, 14 March: Knit Fix, 3:30-6pm
  • Saturday, 21 March: Weird Knitting Techniques, 12pm-3pm
  • Saturdays, 4, 11, 18 April: Entrelac Scarf, 12pm-2pm
  • Saturdays, 4, 11, 18 April: Sock Knitting for Beginners, 2:30pm-4:30pm.


Also: I bought yarn. Just look for 'Kauni'. I didn't buy as much as I planned to buy, but it is amazing stuff, and it's further amazing how little you need to make a cardigan! :D
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(Sorry, [livejournal.com profile] bardling; I just can't resist making fun with that name.)
One photo beneath cut tag )
kniteracy: You can get this design on a card or a picture to hang! (knitting patterns)
Before I head off to bed, I just want to show you how the sock looks with the next tier of diamonds knitted. The 2mm needles are a bit small for the Cherry Tree Hill wool, but because entrelac makes a very stretchy fabric, I wanted it as dense as I could get it. The knitting itself is slow going, because even though 10 stitches per diamond doesn't sound like many, consider that I'm knitting nine 10x10 diamonds across every tier. That's 900 stitches per tier, not counting stitch pickups, which are time-consuming using very small needles and a yarn just slightly too heavy for the needles. This is one of the many times I wish Addi made lace needles in the 2mm size: the pointy tips would make the stitch pickups much easier!

Three photos below cut tag, and yes, one is inside out. )
kniteracy: You can get this design on a card or a picture to hang! (knitting patterns)
You can see the first post on this topic here.

I'm into the second tier now, so it's starting to look like entrelac.

Two photos below the cut tag )
kniteracy: You can get this design on a card or a picture to hang! (knitting patterns)
Completely improvised, here are the bare beginnings of my entrelac socks!

One photo beneath cut tag )
kniteracy: You can get this design on a card or a picture to hang! (knitting patterns)
Photo beneath cut tag )

And now that I have reached my goal of getting farther along on this sock than I was when I ripped it out this afternoon, I can finally go to bed! Good night, LJ.

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