Hey, thanks for all the nice comments on our little Cabling Without a Cable Needle video. I’m glad that some of you found it useful. I’m a visual learner, so stuff like that would have been very useful to me when I was learning to knit.
I have a question though about more complex cable crossings, like some of the center crossings in the Rogue knotwork where the middle stitch stays the middle stitch, but two stitches on either side of it cross (I think, at least; I don’t have the pattern in front of me). I managed to do it with a cable needle in one direction, but it was very futzy. Do you also do these more complex cables without a cable needle and if so, can you shoot another video to show us your technique?
If you search through YouTube, you’ll find a whole lot of videos on knitting, by the way. Just doing a search on “purl” returned a whole bunch of results. Cool, eh?
A number of you commented on my odd knitting style. This video is not that best example of my “regular” knitting, because I was executing a cable, but at some point I’ll do a little video of me just knitting straight stockinette so y’all can point and giggle. Yes, I really do knit that way. (Told you it was not something you want to emulate. Told you.) It comes, I think, from learning to knit as a very small child and improvising to get what worked best for me. While it may look awkward, it works well for me, I can knit for hours without pain (unless I’m doing some very heavy cabling), and I can knit fast enough to satisfy the only one who cares — me. I’m really not a fast knitter, but I’m happy with my results so I’m not going to change how I knit at this point in my life.
I do like Operakatz’ idea:
How cool would it be for whatever bloggers who can shoot short videos with their digi-cams to shoot quick demos of their knitting styles? I think many of us have been told at some point that we “knit wrong” and I think it would be very fun and validating to see just how many different styles there are that still accomplish the same thing…
I think this is a great idea!
The current skein of Kersti I’m using has had two knots in it so far, so I’m a tad cranky.
A couple of you have asked about the Log Cabin Blanket I was knitting from leftover sock yarn. (“Was knitting” is the operative phrase here.) I’ve not worked on it in ages, therefore no progress to report.
I was wondering if you’ve seen the new Favorite Socks book from Interweave yet. I managed to get a copy yesterday and love it (and not just for the patterns, but it’s in a great spiral bound format). I was surprised to find it since it’s still listed as having an April 1 release date (maybe an April Fool’s joke?). 17 of the patterns are reprints though so this may be a book for new knitters like myself and not such a good bargain for people who have been saving sock patterns from Interweave over the last few years.
I’ve not seen it. I have very few sock books, because 99% of the time the socks I knit are plain socks from my own pattern. Socks are my mindless commuter knitting, so I’m not too interested in sock patterns.
This, of course, is subject to change at a moment’s notice.
Speaking of mindless socks, here is the state of my second Bart & Louise sock.
“I’m sure there’s something in this bag for me . . . “