Has anybody experimented with knitting backwards? Apparantly it's a technique that eliminates having to purl by keeping the right (knit ) side facing throughout and working backwards when at the end of the row by working off the right-hand needle onto the left.
Apparently it's great when working patterns as the right side is always facing you. I tried it once but it seemed very cumbersome and I've now forgotten how to do it.
I'd value any advice or instruction.
Since joining this site a few months ago I have been in contact with an amazing range of guys. Kind, helpful, resourseful & compassionate about our common craft-knitting.
Darrel without you, none of this would have been possible.
Thank you so much.
Looking forward to a great knitting year, 2006.
best to all,
For the benefit of new knitters, I thought it would be useful to have a place here which lists those knitting books which we have found to be the most helpful to us. I am confident this information would be very beneficial to those guys who visit our site and who are just learning, thinking about learning or returning to knitting. There is an overwhelming number of knitting books available on today's market and a person could get lost in all of them. I'd like to list under two catagories: The best instruction book and the best knitting reference book.
My favourite instruction book is "Knitting in Plain English" by Maggie Righetti. Until I found this book, I was unable to figure out how to knit. She is witty and explains things in an easy to comprehend fashion. And, once I had done the "Dumb Baby Sweater" I found I had the confidence to jump right into knitting an adult jersey.
If you break a needle, whether plastic, wood or bamboo... DON"T throw it away. Those short pieces, when sharpened at both ends, become great little double-points for knitting the fingers on gloves. Then you'll be wrestling with a hedge-hog instead of a porcupine. I have had my share of experience with snapping needles in half, or even just the first two inches off the tip.
Since I'm a cheap S.O.B. I also came up with a cheap way to store my Lilliputian DPN's. Plastic M&M candy containers keep my short DPN's corralled, as well as straight pins, sewing needles, safety pins, and who knows when I may need a snack while knitting (melts in your mouth, not in your hand) that won't make a mess. I'll put a pic in the gallery and you'll get to see what I mean.
Weekly Topic #4
Tell us about your stick(s)! What type of needles do you prefer and why? Metal, wood, bamboo, etc. Also, thoughts on how to keep them organized! My DPN's are everywhere!!!!
Happy New Year too all!
Out of necessity and lack of money, when I got interested in knitting back in 2001 I started making my own knitting equipment. Also because I'm a cheap bastard and don't believe in investing a lot into something I might not like. If I can do it, so can you.
First I started with coat hangers, the kind that always seems to collect at the bottom of the closet. Cut to length with pliers and the ends filed to shape, most turn out to be nice US#1 DPN's. The larger diameter plastic ones seem to have a lot of air bubbles inside, so they can be a little frustrating if you want the point exactly in the center like "store-bought" needles.
Hope everyone is having a great holiday season. My best Christmas gift aside from 9 (yes, 9) knitting books were two skeins of buffalo. Has anyone used this fiber yet??? From what I have seen it is amazing...you knit the garment and then felt it much like wool. However when it is felted it is even softer than cashmere! It is produced here in Oklahoma and the stuff is expensive...$52 per skein! I haven't decided what I will be making but I will post it when I do. So let me know if any have used it?!
OK be honest, how busy were you for the Holidays?
How many gifts did you knit & what were they?
My circular needles are getting out of hand. I have the Boye's interchangables, (awesome things) but I still have Addis and Susan Bates, and keeping them bound together with a twist tie in a box with other knitting paraphernalia is neither charming nor neat. How does everyone store their circulars?
I am in need of some guidance with socks. I've been an avid sock knitter for two years and am tired of having to patch the holes where the heel meets the instep. I have this problem whether doing a short row or heel flap-type heel. Any suggestions?