More questions from yesterday’s comments:
I’m probably an early intermediate knitter – I can follow pattern shaping, moderately intricate patterns, and things like stripes or mosaics. But I can’t even figure out how to start working on even simple colorwork – what do you recommend to get started? I’m pretty good at learning from a book, but would I be better off taking a class?
If you’re pretty good at learning from a book, maybe that would be a good place to start. I learned to knit from looking at pictures in a “how to knit” book. I was four years old and could not yet read.
But I know for some people, there ain’t nothing like seeing a technique demonstrated. Not knowing you, it’s hard to judge.
Question for the “Queen of No Swatching”: Is this true even when you are substituting yarn – like the Kimono Shawl you did in Koigu? I’ve been having trouble getting gauge, especially with lace stole patterns (but was OK doing the Kimono Shawl in Koigu using #6 as you did). I tend to knit tight and usually have to go up one needle size with sweaters; however, some lace patterns, like the Linen Lace Shawl (Euroflax Linen) in “Knitted Shawls, Stoles, & Scarves” I go up 3 or 4 sizes and then I don’t enjoy how the lace looks. Any comments would be appreciated.
I never, ever swatch for lace. I very, very rarely swatch for anything else. Even if I’m substituting yarn. I’ve been knitting for ages and can pretty much tell if one yarn is going to sub well for another. If it doesn’t look right to me, I won’t use it.
I remember years ago I taught a girl in my office to knit. After completing a couple of simple projects, she wanted to knit a cardigan from a Rowan book. She bought a heavy worsted weight wool for a design that called for sport weight, but insisted she had to use that yarn because she loved the color. She agonized and ripped out, agonized and ripped out for months before she finally gave up and admitted she couldn’t get the gauge.
I did manage to refrain from saying “I told you so” even though I did think it. Repeatedly.
Some people are just not trainable.
What is your favorite ribbing? I’m looking for one that is pretty straight and doesn’t add bulk, i.e. doesn’t pull in the knitting.
Well . . . I can’t say that I really have a favorite ribbing because I detest ribbing on principle. (How’s that for being helpful?)
If you want something that doesn’t pull in too much, try a simple k1 p1. Or do a garter stitch bottom band instead of ribbing. Or a facing.
From Beth in Richmond:
Thank you for the info concerning the difficulty of Beadwork. I love it and thought it woud be beautiful for one of my daughters. But I think I need to start with something more simple.(I’m just used to the more simple cardigans/pullovers). But I really want to get into the beginnings of things which you knit. *What would you suggest?? Have never done anything Aran or Fair Isle – boring huh……..Please just suggest a beginning project for the such.
My choice for an easy aran is Starmore’s Na Craga, from Aran Knitting. For a fair isle, try my Fearless Fair Isle. Anyone else have any ideas they wanna share?
You get another photo today, just because I think it’s pretty.
Surreal Moment du Jour
I was in a meeting in our conference room at work yesterday and noticed that the framed photo of George W. was missing from the wall. (We have framed portraits of the Pres., the Vice Pres., and the Secretary of Labor leering down at us while we try to conduct business.)
One of my coworkers asked, “Hey, where’s George?” Come to find out, the portrait was removed because “we are getting an updated portrait.”
Aren’t you glad you glad the American taxpayers are footing the bill for new portraits of George W. for all government conference rooms? But hey! They are economizing. They are using the same frame for the new portrait.
Lucy is not amused.