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?
I know that The Treasure of magical knitting explains Moebius cast-on (mbo) but I was wondering if anyone knows any other places on the web that explain it as well?
Lets talk fibers and projects! Answer us this one....Do you prefer to work with firbers that are chunky and bulky, thus creating a "faster to complete" project, or do you like thinner more fine fiber that creates a "longer to complete" project? I know we all ,kind of, like both....but which do you find yourself buying more of? I find I choose thinner fibers mainly because of the finished look....it seems so much more elegant too me.....now that being said....I can't imagine working with lace or anything....I would pull my hair out (if I had any)!!!! Let us know.....and on a personal note....Thank you, too the lurkers who stepped up and said "Hi" after our #13 question.
The swap/trade forum seems pretty underused, so I figured I'd give it a bump.
I'm looking for up to ten skeins of Naturally Tussock 10 ply in color #165. It's a navy blue with the plyester wrap thread. I bought five at one of my LYS on a 50% clearance sale, and I'm going to need more of it, I just can't find it in any of the other stores in my area, and the few places I've found online that have than specific color in stock are charging way more than I want to pay unless I absolutely have to. Same goes for having one of the stores order it for me. But I figured if anyone finds this (in that color) at their LYS, especially if it's at a clearance price (I paid $3.50 a skein!), please let me know and I can send you money (Paypal, check. MO, whatever) to cover the cost of the yarn and some postage.