Do you pick or do you throw? With throwing you can really tighten up on the stitches because you are pulling on the yarn as you wrap it around the needle. With picking this doesn't happen because you can't tighten up on the yarn you are pulling thru.
Some gals have even learned the Portuguese method of knitting which is purported to help loosen tension. Google this method to watch the videos.
Then there is the "flicking" method which is the right-handed version of picking. To learn about flicking check http://www.verypink.com
look under tips and techniques for flicking and watch the video. It's very easy to learn and many of us have been doing this for years without knowing the name of this method.
Relaxing while knitting takes practice, using larger needles helps. Also, the needle material(plastic/acrylic, bamboo/wood, metals)plays a part in your knitting. Not all yarns work well with certain needles and it takes a variety of needles.
Now, close your eyes and knit, feel your work, don't look at it. See what happens to your work.
FYI when knitting with screw together interchangeables, apply a miniscule amount of lotion to the threads only on the cable. This helps make for easier assembly. Especially if you are having difficulty screwing things together. I do the same thing with lightbulbs; the threads only.
Some gals have said their interchangeables come apart. Try applying plumbers tape to the threads only. You'll find this non-adhesive stretchy tape in the plumbing section of any hardware store. Plumbers use this to give water tight seals to all screw together joins.
And the rubber rings make great stitch markers.
Just picked up from the library an exciting knitting book by Iris Schreier, "One + One: Scarves, Shawls & Shrugs, 25+ projects from just Two Skeins". The patterns are beautiful, especially those with beads and sparkles. For those looking for wedding shawls and shrugs, this book has them. "Artyarn" is used with all the patterns.
Check Amazon to lean more about this book and have your library order it. Then you too can start drooling over these lovely patterns before you start knitting.
The micro is great for zapping bacteria in sponges which we should really do daily, but I'm lazy.
I'm glad the choir is listening.
Another reason to like the KnitPicks interchangeables...the needles are shorter making for better maneuverability. Size really does make a difference!!
What is the title of the book that will tantalize us with so many cast-on, bind-off choices? So far I have tried 12 cast-ons and 3 bind-offs, but my lists are still growing.
As a Mother's Day gift to myself I purchased a set of KnitPicks Harmony interchangeables. I had been fighting this for years of should I or shouldn't I.
1. They are on sale.
2. I was fighting with my other needles (Addi Natura bamboo, KA Classic bamboo, Crystal Palace bamboo, Addi turbo & lace). I am using CottonTots yarn and am not a happy camper with the yarn and the needles. My hands became so tired after a few rows of knitting with the Addi turbos and this was after I tried all the other brands I have. No Signatures in the size I needed.
3. Now for the Harmony needles. What a difference. I can knit without my hands tiring, the yarn slides and glides easily and I am faster. I can even finish a row without resting my hands. What impressed me the most was the cable...basically no memory. I uncoiled it from the wrapper, attached the needles, placed it around my neck to warm the cable and within 10 minutes I was knitting.
4. For those guys and gals debating about getting a set of interchangeables, no one brand will suit everyone, but with the KnitPicks on sale, what a bargain and what a special gift to yourself or someone you love.
Something to wick away moisture. But a good runner's sock also prevents blisters which means a double sock and frankly they are easier to purchase than make. "The Wright" sock is the brand I use as it is a double layer sock designed to do just that.
Why not try another brand of cotton yarn? KnitPicks has come out with great cotton colors and their yarns are very good. JoAnn's, Michaels, HobbyLobby all carry various types of all cotton yarns besides the Lilly products. Experiment to see which brand doesn't fade as readily.
What size do you want to make? Top-down, side-to-side? There are many patterns available. Check Ravelry for all-in-one or KnittingPatternCentral or Google your query. These sites are the best for sweaters. All-in-one sweaters are just that, everything is knit together, inluding the sleeves. There are usually no seams with these types of sweaters.
Sally Melville (sp) has an excellent garter stitch book with wonderful all-in-one sweaters. Very unusual designs. Then there is the adult version of Elizabeth Zimmermann's baby surprise jacket but this pattern must be ordered from Schoolhouse Press. Check out her books from the library because she does many sweaters that are all-in-one; the February Sweater which is on Ravelry and a free download.
This homework should get you started.
Happy knitting. Becca
CWS: If we all stop to think about what we are asking and saying we will come to the correct conclusion.
The cast on row is just that...a cast on row. You have yet to start knitting or doing anything with the stitches on the needle.
Cast on 25 stitches
Row 1: K3, yo, K2tog, etc. This is your first row of the pattern and this is where you start counting.
When in doubt, Google your query.
Do you have yard waste recycling? If so, put the flour in a paper bag and add it to the yard/food scrap waste bin. This goes to the composting pile somewhere and becomes fertilizer for our gardens and lawns.
We in the "politically correct?" Pacific Northwest recycle everything.
Check your local library to see if they carry these magazines.
At this wonderful moment KnitPicks is having a Mother's Day sale on their Harmony interchangeables. I find them much better to use than the Boye interchangeables which I gave to my daughter; she finds the Boyes inferior to her other needles because the cables are so stiff.
The pattern is lovely but I'm going to be the Debbie Downer of this group and point out a problem.
Babies grab onto things and hold on tight. A baby can insert his/her fingers thru these holes, wrap the yarn around his/her fingers and cut off circulation. I will leave the rest to your imagination as to what happens when circulation is cut-off. And yes, this has actually happened.
If you want to make this blanket, fine, but do so when the child is older and less likely to get caught in the holes.