Could you please tell us more about your Ott light? Does it help you knit with black yarn on size 2.5 mm needles?
To tell the truth, my natural daylight lamp is not an Ott light (as I claimed yesterday) but is made by Verilux. You can read more about the benefits of natural spectrum light on their website here. In a nutshell, with this sort of lamp “you will see greater contrast and truer colors with less effort and irritation. The result is just about the most visually efficient light possible.”
When you are knitting black yarn on tiny needles, this is a plus. I don’t really need it for the stockinette portion of my knitting, because that’s pretty mindless and I don’t really need to look at it while I knit. I often blog-surf while knitting stockinette. But on the row where I switch from stockinette to ribbing, I find it very useful to use this lamp, because I can actually see the stitches, and I am far less likely to mess up the ribbing pattern as I’m knitting the set-up row. You know, you put it down mid-row and then because you can’t see what you just knit, you carelessly screw up the pattern.
Where the lamp is really worth its weight in gold is when you come to seaming. Mattress stitch on tiny stitches in dark colors will drive you mad without a really good light.
Yes, the black stockinette is slow-going for me. I’m not knitting it any slower, it’s just that I grow bored with it so I’m putting in less knitting time each evening. I find that I always finish intricate projects more quickly than plain ones because I find them far more entertaining to knit, therefore I knit for longer stretches of time each day on them.
I laughed when I saw this comment from L-B on yesterday’s entry:
Hmmm…do we need a gabfest?
See, I get much more knitting done when I’m on the phone with L-B, because she keeps me entertained while I’m knitting. And I don’t think it is too much for me to ask for her to stay on the phone with me until I complete the sweater. Do you?
So anyway, today I have a photo of something other than black stockinette:
To recap, these are knit from Scarlet Fleece It’s Tubular 2X! sock yarn in the “Olives” colorway, available from Holly Spring Homespun, on 2mm needles.
Lucy would like to thank you for all the nice comments about her photo yesterday. Today she has consented to be photographed during a playful moment. we give you “Lucy With Orange Balloon.”
Rockin’ Sock Club 2007
If you are a member of the 2006 Rockin’ Sock Club, or pre-registered for the 2007 club, or if you read Cara’s blog today, you probably already know that the lovely ladies at Blue Moon Fiber Arts have been the victims of some serious stupidity at the hands of their bank. You can read the email from Tina of Blue Moon Fiber Arts on the Blue Moon website. The short story is that the bank they chose to process payments for the 2007 club figured they must be running some kind of scam because it wasn’t possible for so many people to be making payments for a sock club.
While I was not a member of the 2006 club, I did pre-register for the 2007 club in late 2006 and paid for it on January 1. Due to the stupidity and short-sightedness of the bank, my payment was refunded to my account yesterday. You can be darn sure I’ll re-submit my payment as soon as they open the Blue Moon site back up to accept payments. My understanding is that this will happen in a few days — they are now setting things up with a new bank, one with much smarter people in charge.
What strikes me is how idiotic the old bank is. It does not take much online searching for a non-knitter to discover how wildly popular Socks That Rock is. I love Socks That Rock — I’ve got more of it than any other sock yarn in my stash. I see it on blogs everywhere. I do hope that the bank manager who made the decision to shut down the orders and send back the money realizes his/her stupidity and spends a lot of time regretting this very bad decision.
And further to the bank manager I say:
Next time you need to do research about the popularity of an item one of your clients is selling? Instead of assuming your client is doing something illegal . . .
Just Fucking Google It.
(When I did a Google search on Socks That Rock, it returned about 2,570,000 results. When I narrowed it down by putting quotation marks around “Socks That Rock” I got 65,800 results. The majority of these are links to blogs where people are talking about the yarn and the sock club. ‘Nuff said.)