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!

9 comments:

  1. now that's another mad skill I'd love to learn ~ knitting backwards as well as knitting without a cable needle

    I love it, Will ~ sounds like you're enjoying Loft...I get to try it out on Stonecrop when I'm done with Girasole

    I'm going to knit all the things!

    thanks for sharing :)

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  2. I envy the idea of a knitting group! Sounds like so much fun. Good luck with this pattern ~ simplifying a lifestyle is usually quite refreshing (for awhile!)

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  3. Great way in describing this knit and I never thought about the backwards knitting idea, thanks. Mostly just need it for the diamonds. You'll hear me say... 1,2,1,4,1,2,1,2 regarding K or P. The more interesting to show on tv the louder I have to get. I am attempting knit group with it, today. I'm on a moss stitch section, should be ok, until a diamond section. My eyes are getting a good focused workout.

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  4. Once I put in markers for the pattern repeat on the Diamonds, I was good to go. I tried without but those little rings sure help me. My method for the pattern is more musical - m,m,M,m,m,M,m,M,m,M,mmm.........whatever works. Happy knitting, WillyG..
    Andrea

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    1. I do that, too, Andrea ~ I chop lace sections up into manageable counting sections and the numbers take on a certain cadence and pretty soon I can almost stop thinking about what I'm supposed to be doing since my fingers kind of take over when my knitting gets a steady rhythm going...

      I wonder if that's what it feels like to play the piano or any other musical instrument? I imagine that it's pretty similar

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  5. Oh my heck -- is this a Greek class? I have no idea what anyone is talking about. Backward? m,m,M,m, 1,2, 1,4,1. I have now entered the Twilight Zone. Seriously, I'm not that great of a knitter. I'm a simple woman with simple needs. Perhaps if I was 20 years younger? Anyway, I find this blog entertaining and I DO learn. Charts? Never. I tried. My brain does not work that way. One line at a time, check off each row, erase check marks, start over. That's me -- little miss anal. Maybe that's why I can make hat, after hat, after hat..... It's easy, I'm knitting, and I'm making a diff.

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  6. Oh, Willy -- it looks GREAT.

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  7. Y'all are so funny! I enjoyed the progression of the comments. It's nice to know I'm not alone--and to see how all these unique brains operate, haha!

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  8. lovely texture! I have to read my charts for every row. This knitting is not a multitask project and I love that :)

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