07 January 2015
Knitting Ludlow - guest blogger WillyG
Knitting with great yarn is so satisfying.
It's a good thing, because this pattern is a bit of a stretch for me. It's not difficult, but it does require that I look at my work a lot more than multitasking permits. So much for movie knitting. (This project may actually help me live my dream of simpler living by reducing stimulation and slowing things down a bit.)
What has been trickiest is following the directions. I was using the written pattern to feed me directions stitch by stitch, but when I attended knit group I quickly realized I needed another strategy that would be more intuitive; after all, the pattern is not complicated. The front is not so difficult once the pattern is established; looking at the unfolding stitches reveals what comes next, and is easy to compare to the charts for a visual reference point. But the wrong side of the fabric presents more of a challenge, especially early in the diamonds section. My solution is to use a technique I had honed during the border of my recent Leaves of Grass border - to knit backwards, keeping the Right Side facing me the entire time, so that I could read the stitches more easily. It enabled me to keep knitting while listening and chatting with the new women that showed up this week. I still won't be able to look away much, but I don't have to be counting in my head on those wrong side rows.
Now that I have that figured out, all is right with the world. I am relishing knitting with Loft and feeling the fabric it creates.
Thank you all for the lovely comments on my last post. Here's to happy and healthy knitting on your projects!