Friday, October 28, 2005

Like, ohmygod! A real post!

Ahem. Sorry. Finally time to catch up on what's been going on. Work, work, playing City of Heroes, work, helping with housework, helping with Tick, playing City of Heroes...yeah, that's pretty much it.

Knitting: Lace prototype actually in the homestretch. Amazing. Sorry, can't post photos, I hope to try and submit the pattern for publication. Everything else is pretty much languishing.

Spinning: THIS, however, HAS seen progress. And without further ado I begin today's photo presentation, and my attempt at making clickable thumbnails to spare those of you on dial up. Yay.

First: some scratchy-ish wool given to me by Robincat because she just couldn't stand to spin it. So I spun it up right quick like (fingering weight approximately). Robin told me it was originally yellow and she overdyed it pink...but I like to call it salmon or shell pink. It's very unusual and very pretty. Smaller hank was spun on Robin's wondrous little Lollipop spindle (I have GOT to get me one of those) and the larger on my spinning wheel 'cause I got impatient. ;) Click on each photo to get a larger version.

Next, the ABSOLUTELY wondrous SUPERWASH merino rovings purchased from Nonokitty Danielle. (Click on the Nonokitty button to the left to get to her blog, and from there to her store if you want to get your hands on some of this merino.) This stuff is a dream. It's so super super soft, I almost can't believe it's truly machine washable. Oh, and even better, it spins up super smooth and is HAPPY being spun up thicker than my singles have been of late. Plied, it's about a worsted to aran weight. I still have the green and red left to spin, but as quick and easy as this stuff is to spin, I'll likely report those completed as well by Sunday.

Other than that, the "ruby" pink 19 micron merino is trucking right along. It's slow going because there's 18 fricking ounces of the stuff, AND like a psycho I'm spinning up at fingering to lace weight. Woo. Ceci's still in love with the stuff, though, so it'll be worth it.

Wow, that thumbnail thing was easier than I thought it would be, thanks to ZibWendy's wondrous blog code. Copy and paste truly are my friends. ;)

entrelac at 11:44 PM :: |

Tuesday, October 18, 2005

This is the description of the way I knit English that I promised to serveral people on Knittyboard....but the silly board just does NOT want to let me post the whole thing. It keeps spitting annoying errors at me and I have no idea why. So I'm putting this here. And I'll put in photos when I get them taken.

Knitting English, aka, flicking the yarn with the right hand

Pick up both needles the way you would pick up a pencil off of your desk, palms down, fingers curled slightly toward your palms in a relaxed manner.

For your left hand, hold the needle so your index finger and thumb are both almost straight (but relaxed) and holding the needle about 1/2 inch back from the tip between them. The rest of the fingers relax and curl around the needle, the little finger curled around enough to keep the back of the needle touching the back side of your hand where that big crease across your palm ends.

For your right hand, do the same thing BUT hold the needle between the middle finger and thumb about 1 inch from the tip, the index finger raised and not touching either needle hovering about 3/4 to 1 inch above the right needle. Tension the yarn whichever way is most comfortable, with the yarn going over the right index finger and leading to the knitted piece. (Hellahelen, it's a modified bow-hold, index finger raised from standard bow position and with the pinky finger curled around the back of the needle instead of balancing for control.)

Now you're ready to knit.

Put your needle through the stitch to be knitted (this isn't combined, so the leading leg SHOULD always be toward the front of the left needle), then using your middle finger and thumb as a fulcrum, straighten your ring and pinky fingers and index finger at the same time. This will make the point of the right needle aim more straight up and down and at the same time move your index finger with the yarn into contact with the tip of the right needle. Don't stab your index finger, it should just rest on the tip of the right needle with the yarn between the tip of the needle and the end of your finger. Move your index finger toward you ever so slightly as you relax your hand back into the curled starting pose, and that will wrap the yarn around the tip of the right needle. Finish the stitch as normal, pulling the wrap through to the front of the work then dropping the stitch off of the left needle. Yes, all of this is done VERY close to the tips of the needles.

The motion of straightening the hand, pulling the yarn toward you slightly then curling the hand again is the 'flick' motion I speak of. It's what allows the yarn to be wrapped around the needle without ever letting go of the needle.

Now you're ready to purl.

Second verse, same as the first. Hold the needles exactly the same way, hold the yarn exactly the same way. Insert the needle through the stitch from back to front like normal, then use the same motion as with knitting to wrap the yarn around the tip of the right needle. Finish the purl as normal.

Now to switch back and forth.

Knit one, then without putting the right needle into the next stitch do the same needle-tilt and yarn wrap to bring the yarn to the front of the work, and then purl one. On the purl stitch, before you slip the stitch off of the left needle move it AWAY from you. That will push the yarn back over the left needle and into position to knit when the finished stitch is slipped off of the left needle.

Oh, to make a yarn over is the exact same motion as moving the yarn to the front of the work to purl, just lay the yarn over the top of the right hand needle so it's ready to knit again, and off you go.

That's it. See? The movements are just as small as with continental, and for me at least, way faster as the wrapping motion stays the same no matter whether I'm knitting, purling, doing yarnovers, whatever.

entrelac at 6:22 PM :: |