Is it possible to teach an old dog a new trick?
I might have mentioned once or twice how much I hate doing ribbing. I hate ribbing because I hate switching the yarn back and forth between knits and purls. So I have wondered from time to time about Norwegian purling.
But usually when I Google Norwegian purl, I happen not to have a piece of knitting in my hands (inconvenient, no?) and can’t try it out on the fly. And I read the instructions and go “Wha–?”
During my lunchbreak today, with unfinshed tiger sock in hand, I once again Googled “Norwegian purl” and started checking out the links. There are a number of pages with instructions, some of them with photos. But the site that really did it for me was KnittingHelp.com, which has videos of techniques. Be still, my heart! This page has the link to the video showing the Norwegian purl technique.
I played the video approximately 4,572 times and actually figured out how to execute a Norwegian purl. And did a couple of rounds on the ribbing on my sock. Successfully Norwegian purling the purl stitches, I might add.
Okay, for the record, I am not continuing to Norwegian purl on the sock ribbing. The Norwegian purl technique requires a little extra movement per stitch. I’m doing a 5 by 5 rib. If I were doing a k1 p1 rib, I would use the Norwegian purl, because the little extra movement on each stitch is still quicker than moving the yarn from back to front and front to back between each stitch. But with 5 purls in a row, I find it quicker to purl in my usual manner, because I’m only moving the position of the working yarn once every 5 stitches.
It’s all about economy of movement, ya know?
So yes, you can teach an old dog new tricks. You just have to show the old dog the new trick over and over and over again.
I’m sooooooo close to being done with the second tiger sock. Sooooooo close . . .
I ought to be able to finish this baby tonight (provided I don’t pass out early like I did last night).
The tiger socks remind me of something I purchased (via eBay) a while back. Lookie here:
This is Siberian Tiger fur. I bought it from this eBay seller. And this is the description that accompanied the auction:
1 ounce of beautiful Siberian Tiger – yes, it’s true. This is definately an exotic!!! It’s just beautiful. It’s very cool to spin on a spindle. Tiger is quite short (1.5″ – 2″). No vegetable matter. It’s fun to spin. This has to be the most rare exotic. Who the heck would chase a tiger around?? I am fortunate enough to know a couple in Western Washington who has raised 2 Siberians as pets, and they do shed occaisionally … if you want to get in there and touch them. These people have a zoo permit, wonderful high fenced in acreage for them to roam free, and most likely nervous neighbors! They are just gorgeous, huge animals, who are alive, well and happy. This fiber resembles Chiengora in that it fluffs out when knit. Softness resembles Malamute dog but they are definately BIG CATS. Siberians are carmel, black and white so this fiber is all of that mixed up. Treat yourself to this unusual and certainly one of a kind fiber from one of the most endangered species of BIG CAT.
Will I ever spin it? Am I capable of spinning it? Who knows? But I did know that I had to have it.
(FYI: At the time I bought the fiber, the seller stated she had 6 ounces of it and was putting it up on eBay an ounce at a time — I purchased one ounce. I don’t know if she’s sold the rest of it at this point.)
Okie dokie — the last tour date has been scheduled: Knitty City in NYC on May 21. The upcoming dates are listed over there in the sidebar. I’m removing past dates as they . . . uh . . . pass.
Lucy seems impressed.