No boat today, and we were given the option to go in to just work in the office if we wanted, which I fully intended to do… until I woke up this morning and went “naaaaah.” Yay for days off! I think I’ll go for a nice long hike somewhere after doing some job searching and other random bits of business that need doing.
Like mailing out the package of knitwear I’m donating to the Afghans for Afghans collection organized by Cephalopod Yarns:
|Malabrigo Chunky, colorways Mariposa and Bobby Blue; STR Mediumweight, colorway On Blueberry Hill|
It’s crazy to think that these wee woolens will go farther around the world than I’ve ever been. I hope they keep some people very warm.
In other news, I’ve been reading The Principles of Knitting and never realized how many different ways there were to hold/tension your yarn and knit! I used to just hold my hands like this:
I would hold the yarn near the needle, with it sort of channeled through my palm but not wrapped around anything. Imagining, of course, that my picutre-taking-left-hand is supporting the needles, I would then lift my whole right hand off the needle, curl my index finger around the yarn, and wrap it around the right needle tip, usually twisting my wrist to do so. Sometimes I would use my middle finger to grab the yarn and wrap it when my index finger got tired.
Now, after reading about this method, I’ve started knitting like this:
That’s a bit exaggerated, my index finger is usually closer to the knitting, but basically the yarn is looped around my pinkie, goes across the palm, and then out and over the top of the index finger. Then, when I want to make a stitch, I just sort of flick the finger and move the whole hand up a bit to wrap the yarn around the needle tip. No twisting, curling, or bending of anything required. It lets me go quite a bit faster and doesn’t make any of my joints hurt at all.
Now, the real question is: why did it take me so many years to learn this?!
Also, how do you hold your yarn?
In case you’re wondering, that lovely stripey-ness pictured above is my Color Affection shawl, which looks much the same as it did before, just with a few more stripes:
|SG Bugga, colorways Nude and Common Emerald Moth|
It is going to be oh so exciting when it’s time to start the third colorway!