The topic of meditation and knitting seems to come up frequently. Adding yoga to that mix is only logical since yoga is, as I've frequently been told, designed to prepare the body to sit in meditation. And of course, when we knit, we are most always sitting, often for long periods of time. Not far from Albany in Lenox, Massachussets is the Kripalu Yoga Center which sometimes offers weekend workshops for yoga and knitting. I think the last one was in February of this year. These workshops are led by Karen Allen (Raiders of the Lost Ark, Animal House, Starman, etc.). Here's a link to her bio as a program presenter at Kripalu http://www.kripalu.org/presenter/367 and on that page is a link to her store in nearby Great Barrington.
After months of prodding, we're proud to announce the launch of Women Who Knit, our new sister site!
It offers the same features and functionality that have enabled MWK users to share their craft so effectively.
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Help! How do you go back to fix mistakes or pick up dropped stitches?
Finally found my knitting belt (in a box on top of the wardrobe...one of many!). This is a shetland belt made in leather and stuffed with horse hair. The rows of holes are to insert the needle in a suitable position. I have seen a video of a shetland knitter using such a belt. She averaged an incredible 300 stitches a minute!T while maintaining her pattern and talking to the interviewer all the while. She also managed to use only three needles to work a round - I'm not sure how as four seem to be the usual minimum.
The 'wires' are from Guernsey (so from one of the northern-most of the isles to the southern-most). These 'wires's, there are 8) are 18" (46cms) long and an old UK size 13 but they don't vary much across the UK. These are steel and extremely uncomfortable to work with. Often they bent themselves in to a curve. Thank goodness for Addi Turbo.
Yesterday, we went to an antique show/fair and one of the exhibitors was a woman who was furiously knitting. Of course, I went to chat with her and discovered that she was knitting in the medieval method of holding the right needle still and tucked under the right arm while all the movements of knitting were done by the left arm. The only involvement of the right hand was to throw the wool. Those who have studied the history of knitting know that in the medieval ages the members of the knitting guilds wore special belts with a groove which held the right hand needle in a stationary position. I must say that this woman knitted with great speed both the knit and the purl stitches.
check out the various exhibits on this site..
I've just started a pair of socks using the Universal Sock Pattern. This is just my second pair of socks, the first being done in sport-weight wool and a bit loose all over. I want to make sure I've cast on a good number of stitches before I get too far into it. My stockinette gauge is 7.5 st per inch (though the leg will be worked mostly in K3 P1 rib). So, per the pattern I've cast on 60 stitches. To my inexperienced eye, after having done the cuff and a bit of the leg, this doesn't seem like enough stitches.
When creating socks, gloves or anything requiring that you make two or more identical pieces do you:
(a) count rounds as you knit using a stitch counter or tick marks on paper?
(b) work until the size is approximately right, then count how many rounds you've done?
(c) use a measuring tape and not worry that you may be off by a round or two?
(d) hold the finished piece next to the one you're working on, again not worrying about having exactly the same number of rounds?
(e) some other method?
My sense of perfectionism demands (a) or (b), but I wonder if maybe I should just relax a little and go for substantially similar rather than identical. What's your approach?
I've fallen in love with Rowan Magpie. Unfortunately, Rowan discontinued it in 2004. I'm trying to find a good replacement. I've already spent WAY too much buying up as much as I could find on Ebay.
Does anyone have suggestions about how to find an appropriate substitute? I could go to my LYS and snoop around but then I'm limited to what they carry. I've tried looking for other yarns on-line with the same stitches per inch but have found that it's quite a bit more complicated than that.
I've even tried some generic internet searches to no avail.
Thanks for your help guys!
Which designer does it for you?