Saturday, April 10, 2010


I love learning new techniques.  Last night I was poking around the class list for Stitches South (after reading Rebecca Danger's post about shipping off some monsters to the show) and I came across something interesting - a class on Double-knitting tubes.  How awesome is that??  Sometimes I feel I-cord is the bane of my existence.  I hate sliding the stitches around all the time, and I don't always have the correct size of dpn's.

Since I am not independently wealthy, and will not be attending Stitches South anytime soon, I went on a hunt.  I couldn't find an article on just knitting tubes, but I found this tutorial on Knitty- Extreme knitting: 2 socks in 1.  Here is a photo from the tutorial:

Humor me and pretend this is a real caption.  The purple
is the outside sock, the orange is the inside sock.
Photo came from here.

Of course, having severe start-itis, I want to start right away.  I am afraid I must exercise some self-discipline and finish something else first.

Still, I have to plan this out, right?  I think that holding both yarns in my left hand just might be too fiddly, (I knit continental-style) so I think I may just have to learn to hold one yarn in my left hand and one in my right hand, as illustrated at 4:10 in this video.  You can find the project that is being made in the video here.  Of course, to do that, I have to learn how to knit English-style.  You can find that video here- just scroll down to where it says English Method.  I absolutely adore, which is where I found these videos.

Here's the plan:
  1. Learn how to knit English style.
  2. Learn how to double-knit.
  3. Learn how to double knit a tube in the form of 2 socks one inside the other.
  4. Realize that my logic is royally screwed up and that, in the end, I'll only know how to knit 2 tubes, one in side of the other, and not just one tube.
  5. Buy some dpn's in the size that I need and just get over myself.

Found it!  It seems I should have looked just a little bit deeper,  I found a tutorial on double-knitting tubes at Alwen's blog here and found a link to this group on her side bar.  

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Thursday, April 08, 2010

3 Years (or... I'm alive!!!)

Plans, plans, plans.

I planned on posting on the 30th of March so it would be exactly 3 years from my last post.  So much for that idea.  So, here I am.  Finally.  What happened to me?  I have no idea.  I tend to be very cyclical in my hobbies, and knitting got put on a back burner for a loooong time.  I have knit some small projects (and a large one, which I will try to post a pic of soon), but knitting just wasn't that interesting.

I have absolutely no idea how to use blogger any more, so I have a lot of re-learning to do.  See those buttons on the right sidebar?  I have absolutely no idea how I got them there.  Oh, well.

A few weeks ago, when I took my to get the a/c fixed (hooray for a/c!), I discovered a fellow knitter.  The receptionist was working on a beautiful shawl.  Of course, much knitting-talk ensued, and she told me about a local knitting guild that I never even heard of.  I am so thrilled to have a local knitting group to go to!  On the 17th of April, I will go to some classes they're having on yarn dyeing.  The morning class is how to dye a variegated yarn guaranteed to not stripe, and the afternoon class is how to dye a self-striping yarn.  I'm really looking forward to it.

Anywho, I've got other things to do, unfortunately.  I will try to post soon with some pics.  Posts without pics are boring!