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Sunday, January 06, 2008

Hooray for me...knitting in the round at last!

Now, this might come as a shock to some, but I've never knitted in the round AND I've never usd DPNs either! While Gerard has the enviable ability to pick up sticks and seemingly knit whatever he wants without stress or turmoil, I have major issues with patience and mathematics which means I often play it safe. In these times of resolutions and new knitters I wanted to say that we are not all woolly wizards. I am happy to admit that I continue to learn new tricks and despite my little tantrums and impatience it's worth it in the end.

Before Christmas I decided I needed a pair of gloves. It's got to the stage now that I feel like going out and buying knitwear is a bit of a cheat so I'll go about freezing while I wait to get my a*** into gear and knit me own. I started but ran into problems trying to adapt the pattern (for chunky) to DK yarn, whilst trying to work out how many stitches etc to make it fit. Eeek. Maths and mechanics were never my strong point and knitting uses both in surprising large bundles. I've finally found Marnie MacLean's Hooray for Me gloves online and am ready to get started. Now it's just to get my head around going round....somehow my brain (and a couple of years of knitting backwards and forwards) have left me unable to understand keeping going round and round and round...

Anyways, here they are (I might not be able to pull off this pose mind you). I'm doing them in Hummingbird alpaca from Artesano and if you see me on the bus, or at the knitting group, concentrating like a man possessed please take care...if you interrupt when I'm counting I get a bit stressed! ;))



Aruba Blue said...

Keep goin! Its fun when you get the hang of it. Just for the record my maths is crap too it gives me nightmares!! Happy New Year, love the website!!

bronchitikat said...

Keep up the good work, it's easy once you get the hang of it. In fact so easy that you can end up with elbow-length gloves in no time!

Besides which, men & women have been knitting in the round for years. Just think, all those seams you won't have to! Though if it gets too much it's perfectly possible to knit gloves flat & sew 'em up later.

BTW - it's Arithmetic NOT Maths. Arithmetic is the manipulation of numbers. Maths is the manipulation of concepts that goes on to work out which numbers need to be put where. Sometimes, other times you never get beyond playing with letters & symbols.