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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!



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.
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:
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)
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.


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