Skip to main content

All Knit Up

I'm having a knitting issue. I don't want to call it a problem, because the fabric looks nice, but I'm not quite sure how I'm achieving it. I'm going to post over in Stitchers' Guild, but I wanted to collect my thoughts here first.

I've been working on a scarf. It's my second knitting project ever. When I first got started, I picked up my warm-up piece to get back into practice and I just did what felt natural. After a few rows I was confident I had my knit back (I haven't knit since Christmas time), so I cast on some pretty yarn and knit away. Three skeins and about 50 inches later, I decided to take an evening off and rest my hands. I picked up Confessions of Knitting Heretic and became intrigued by the combination knitting style. I studied the photos of western knitting, and my stiches didn't quite look like that. I looked at the eastern knitting illustrations, and mine didn't quite look like that either. Wow, I must somehow be doing combination knitting! Nope. My stitches don't look exactly like that. So, what am I doing? My fabric looks (to my untrained eye) like it's been knit into the garter stitch. But my technique doesn't match anything in any of my books--the books I originally used to teach myself. I've taken a couple photos. I really don't know how to explain what I'm doing. I'm hoping a knitter who knows what she's doing can look at them and figure me out.

I'm not too concerned. I'm going to finish the scarf in the same manner I've been doing it. Why change now? It's almost done and I like the way it looks. Then I'll go back to my books and work on my purling for my next project.

Comments

Diane said…
Stephanie,

Thanks for the comment. I definitely don't mind you reading! :) So you're in Walnut Creek? Small world. I'm not too far away! Anyway, I had checked your blog out a bit ago too (via Vicky's website) you were in the middle of the drive or fly to move disaster. I totally felt your pain - I was going thru the same trauma! LOL. Anyway, thanks for the note. Nice to know someone other than my Gma reads! LOL I need to catch up on your blog too! :)
gypsyknits said…
Your scarf looks fine, actually it is quite beautiful. I checked your pics and it appears you are doing garter stitch. Maybe you think you're doing it wrong because you "throw" your yarn differently than the books say. Books are only a useful tool of guidelines. Knitting is very forgiving and to each his/her own on technique. Keep up the beautiful work.

Popular posts from this blog

The Acid Bug

My blog will now join the short list of results that pop up when you search for "nairobi fly, acid bug" on Google. Mike was hit by one over the weekend.
The Nairobi fly is a small beetle that does not bite or sting, but based on its nickname acid bug, guess what it does? The insides of the bug are toxic, and if you smack it against your skin the juices cause a burning rash. They are common throughout East and Central Africa, and it's the season for them here in Burundi. We think Mike and his friend rode through a swarm of them on their bikes over the weekend, because his friend has some burn spots, too, and the spots appeared on both of them after they returned from the ride.
We've heard of two remedies to soothe the burning, but Mike hasn't tried either yet. One is to use toothpaste, the old-school white kind, and the other is to cut a potato and rub it on the burn area. Both the toothpaste and the potato are supposed to draw out the acid. If you wash the area imm…

What Goes Through My Head When I Lock My Door

When I'm alone in our apartment, or alone with Muffin, I lock the deadbolt, day and night. Here is my thought process:

I'm walking down the hallway toward my door. I nod "Hello" in a neighborly way to a man also walking down the hall. I enter my apartment (having had my key ready since I first got into the elevator because women are conditioned from an early age not to be fumbling for their keys in an area where the distraction of doing so might make them vulnerable to an attack) and close the door. I put my hand on the deadbolt but I don't turn it right away.

What if the guy who just walked by thinks I'm locking it because I'm afraid of him? 

It's not about him specifically, though, it's about being a woman alone in an apartment building. 

So what if he's offended? 

It's none of his business if I lock my door or not, unless he was planning to enter the apartment, in which case fuck him, I did the right thing by locking the door.

I'm a nar…

Book Review: Ghostland: An American History in Haunted Places by Colin Dickey

After you've read something, please consider leaving a line or two on Goodreads and Amazon. The authors appreciate it!

Here's my review as it appears on Goodreads.

Ghostland: An American History in Haunted Places by Colin Dickey
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I really liked this book in the beginning. I grew up in an old haunted house in New England, yet I'm always a skeptic. (99% of supernatural activity ends up being the wind or a cat — and cats are creepy as hell.) I liked reading the stories behind the stories, whether they debunked the legends or gave credence to them. I’ve always been interested in history and nonfiction and ghost stories are the old “fake news.” Entertaining but you shouldn’t necessarily take them at face value. As the book went on, I found the stories themselves no less interesting but the format became tedious.

A couple of the stories really stood out to me. There are many cases of ghost stories being used to control a narrative that makes people feel sa…