In my last blog post I showed a photo of my 21 Colors Slouch hat.
This prompted a comment about the undesirability of having to weave in all those ends and was there a better way to knit it.
The answer is well, no. If you don’t want to have to weave in ends, you don’t want to make this hat. You could approximate it using a self-striping yarn, however. Weaving in ends has never bothered me — it’s just part of the process. I’ve knit many many Fair Isle sweaters so I’ve done quite a lot of end-weaving in my time!
The same commenter also said ” wouldn’t you have jogs in the knitting if it’s done in the round?” Yes, you do.
If jogs in the stripe annoy you, there are methods you can employ to get rid of the jog. Just google “jogless stripes” and you will find plenty of resources.
But you know what? Jogs in stripes don’t bother me. For me they are part of the charm of a handknit item.
This started me thinking about perfectionism in knitting. It seems that there is a drive for absolute “perfection” in knitted items: no jogs, no seams, nothing but knit. I think there is such a thing as too “perfect.” Me, I like seams in sweaters — they give structure to a garment. I like to pick up stitches along a bound-off edge for a neckband rather than knit a neckband from live stitches. That bound off edge gives the neck of the garment some stability.
Here is my favorite tip for doing something “imperfectly:”
When I am knitting something in the round, I cast on my stitches, and then I often work back across them instead of joining and working in the round on the first row. I join and work in the round on the second row. I am going to have a yarn tail from the cast-on that needs to be woven in, and it is no more trouble to use that yarn end to close the tiny gap at the bottom of the garment that is present because I worked back across the first row before joining in the round.
This is very helpful if you have a huge number of stitches because it can be tricky to join in the round without twisting the cast-on stitches.
A relatively new knitter I taught makes a lot of baby hats for friends with little ones, and she mentioned that she always has trouble on that first round, fiddling with working in the round while knitting stitches from the cast-on edge. I suggested my “work back across the first row” tip to her and she loves it, and now does that on all circular projects.
So that’s just my tip for doing something imperfectly to make things easier!
Anyway . . .
So this came in the mail the other day:
This is the Opal Yarn 2016 Advent Calendar. There are 24 little doors, for December 1 through 24, and behind each door is a mini-skein (15 grams) of Opal sock yarn. Squeeee!
I pre-ordered this from a vendor in the UK a few months ago, as it is more readily available in Europe.
I have shown remarkable restraint and have not yet opened any doors, waiting til December 1.
Now . . . what to knit with the wee skeins? I could do a long crazy scarf. I could knot afghan squares. I could knit mini socks. Anyone have any other ideas?
Here is Loki’s interpretation of “if it fits I sits.”