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The Return of the Knitting Natalie!

Someone once said (I think that I remember who and I think it was on twitter but I am not sure);

'Knitting is very zen.'

Indeed, it is.

Tonight I picked up my 4 mm needles (dug out of storage) and the one small 50g ball of cream/off-white/natural coloured Evergreen Aran (70% cotton, 15% polyester &15% nylon) 'wool'/yarn that I had left and started to knit, casting on 30 stitches. By the time we had watched Hellboy (a re-rerun on TV) and eaten desert (I heated the custard in the microwave), I had knitted 9 inches (yeah, I know, I am mixing my metaphors and measurements) of a self designed (on the fly) design. I also discovered that I can still, years after I last knitted, knit without looking at my hands/needles except occasionally to count rows!

The return of knitting!
"I have not knitted for years. I used to get too dizzy. What with the relatively recent 'curing' of the dizziness with a new medication, I had been thinking about knitting again and, tonight, I did!

I designed this on the fly with the only ball of yarn that I had. I am impressed with how like riding a bike knitting is - you never forget how and I can already knit without looking at my hands/needles again!"


ETA: I could not remember *how* to knit to start with and found this website very useful!

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bloodcurdling
Nov. 30th, 2007 12:33 am (UTC)
Lookin' good!
katybean
Nov. 30th, 2007 12:35 am (UTC)
That's pretty. I am so intimidated by knitting. I'm still on the basics of crochet. I never learned how to ride a bike. I tried, but for me, it's just too hard. I have issues with my heavy left foot.
phinnia
Nov. 30th, 2007 12:46 am (UTC)
It /is/ very zen - and it's good if your hands get gimpy, too. :-) Helps the stiffness. And that's a lovely stitch pattern.
sweetmeow
Nov. 30th, 2007 03:29 am (UTC)
I haven't knit in years ... I mean YEARS. I wonder if it would come back to me if I picked it up again. I did quite a bit during my few years of knitting -- and I remember it as being quite "zen" as you say -- relaxing ... calming....

I could never design something on the fly like you did, but I did get the knack of following directions. I made a vest for myself, a sweater for Ray, a Santa Claus Christmas stocking for Ray, a hat, an afghan, a knitted pillow cover, and, of course a very long scarf!

One thing I cannot remember is how to cast on. But, I suspect the actual knit and perl stitch would come back to me....
natf
Nov. 30th, 2007 06:36 pm (UTC)
I should really add this link into the original post:

This is where I went to refresh my memory on how to cast on and so on.

I had not knitted for over 15 years!
sweetmeow
Nov. 30th, 2007 06:44 pm (UTC)
Thank you -- I'm going to book mark it. It looks like I might be able to understand it....

And -- now I'm mad at myself because I manage to leave all my knitting supplies (I have knitting sticks in every size as well as tons of other supplies) up north. :(
natf
Nov. 30th, 2007 09:55 pm (UTC)
Oops! I am so sorry! *hugs*
nou
Nov. 30th, 2007 08:03 am (UTC)
Ooh, I like that! Flickr won't let me view different sizes, so I can't get a good look, but it's horizontal stripes of rib alternating with stripes of stocking stitch, isn't it? Is the rib the reason it's not curling, or did you just flatten it down for the photos?

I'm doing a scarf in a stitch called "broken rib" at the moment.
natf
Nov. 30th, 2007 06:33 pm (UTC)
Yes, sorry. I disable larger sizes so unscrupulous cannot steal high detail versions of my photos. Try this link:
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2373/2074967010_e5cfd7f7d9_b.jpg
It is not totally in focus but you are pretty close with the rib and stocking stitch description - the only small difference being that the rib rows kinda alternate so it looks a bit like weaving.
I think that it was pretty flat anyway something to do with the cotton yarn, maybe? I also knit a bit loose and try to keep pulling it flat as I knit.
Mum gave me some odd balls of wool and other yarn today at lunch (granny had left quite a lot when she died) and I think that I need to try that broken rib stitch (I feel a scarf coming on)! I also want to try cables again...

Edited at 2007-11-30 06:39 pm (UTC)
nou
Dec. 1st, 2007 02:52 pm (UTC)
Ah-ha, thanks for the link - yes, it does look really nice!

Now you've made me wonder how much of an effect tension and yarn composition do have on stocking stitch curl. How tightly the yarn itself was twisted when it was spun might have an effect as well.

If you're interested in cables, you might like baby cable rib. Reversible cables are also interesting: instead of stocking stitch for the bit that gets twisted, you use rib, and instead of reverse stocking stitch for the background, you use moss stitch. So the cables show up on both sides of the fabric.
rupestur
Dec. 1st, 2007 08:26 pm (UTC)
Cheers!

I'm so excited for you and proud of you! It's looking really beautiful, and the yarn looks really NICE.

*hugs*
(Anonymous)
Dec. 5th, 2007 04:58 am (UTC)
thanks for the link
glad you are able to knit again. I've bee trying to learn on my own and the link you posted will be very helpful. Thanks. --Glausuche
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