Knitting

I haven’t had chance to do any felting at all recently. With working on the Wet Felting workshop and trying to work out all the details for outside tutors, not to mention having to move the entire contents of my kitchen into the living room, I’ve barely had time to sit down with a cup of tea! Last week during a well deserved tea break (Russian Caravan) I thought I’d look up some How to Knit videos. I’ve been wanting to learn how to knit for ages. I have tried in the past, but always found it hard to keep the stitches loose enough to force the needles through 🙂 I don’t even know how many videos I watched about casting on, but none of them made sense, it was like watching close-up magic or something ‘so you get this, you do this, and … shazam!’ I almost gave up, but then I found Kristen ‘GoodKnitKisses’ and her How to knit videos. This is the Beginner’s Cast on Video:

I did it first time. I couldn’t believe it! So then I watched the ‘How to Knit’ video. That took a few tries for me to feel like I’d got the hang of it, maybe if I hadn’t used some synthetic version of thick and thin pencil riving, I might have been better 🙂 So, being a ‘master knitter’ now, I thought I’d make myself some needles out of dowelling:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThen I went hunting for something to use, and found a bag of raw Jacob I carded not so long ago. I made it into rolags and spun it on my drop spindle. The next day, I knitted it up straight from the spindle. Luckily GoodKnitKisses has a casting off video too. I’m not sure I did the last stitch right, but it isn’t coming undone, so I must have. I was really pleased with my knitting:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI had an electrician in the other morning, so while all the electric was off, I found some spare ends of white wools and mixed fibre batts and started some thick, nobbly yarn for my next knitting attempt:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIf you want to start learning how to knit, I would definitely recommend those videos!

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20 Responses to Knitting

  1. luvswool says:

    Kudos to you for taking up knitting after all this time! You wouldn’t think it could be learned by watching a video–but there you go! What a pleasure it must be to spin your own yarn and then knit it. Terrific!

    • zedster66 says:

      You make me sound ancient! 🙂
      Thanks, Cathy, it is nice being able to take raw fibre and make a something out of it.

  2. koffipot says:

    I knit, but I’d never be able to spin enough yarn of any quality worthy of the needles. 🙂

    Enjoy your knitting, it’s very relaxing.

    • zedster66 says:

      I don’t think I’ll ever be able to spin anything good enough for something nice, but for fun and to use in felting hopefully I can 🙂
      I’ll never be able to knit without looking, either!

  3. Nada says:

    It must be fun making your own yarn. I remember my first knitting attempts when I was a child. I also found it difficult to keep the stitches loose enough to get the needle through. But then I learned and have knitted quite a lot.

    • zedster66 says:

      Yeah, I like it, it can take a while and be fiddly, but it’s nice being able to make what I need 🙂

  4. Amanda says:

    I have also learnt to knit in the last year and love it! I also love the fact that I can combine knitting and felting to make some really fun stuff. I must get my drop spindle out and make myself some yarn too!

    • zedster66 says:

      I really want to combine it with felting, that’s really why I wanted to learn, have fun with your spindle 🙂

  5. ruthlane says:

    Cool Zed. I don’t know how to knit and I don’t think I have enough time to learn at this point. It’s nice that you are knitting with yarn you have spun. And it would make a really nice embellishment for felt. I have used small knitted pieces in felt before and it really gives an interesting texture.

    • zedster66 says:

      Thanks, Ruth 🙂
      I was going to ask my mum to knit me up some bits for using with felt, but thought I should just learn myself. When you go get time, try these videos, I swear I was knitting pretty well within half an hour!

  6. Lyn says:

    Well done Zed! Knitting is very relaxing, and unlike wet felting, you can get comfy in an armchair while you work.

  7. Deb says:

    Great that you are learning to knit! I teach all my children to knit around age 6 or 7, even the boys. It can be very creative especially once you get into dyeing your own wool and creating your own patterns. Keep up the good work.

    • zedster66 says:

      Thanks, Deb 🙂
      Well, Ive done the dyeing bit, but I can’t even imagine doing patterns!

  8. Marilyn aka Pandagirl says:

    What a great way to be fiber related when you can’t felt. Nice job. I have knit for ages I may have to reconsider it.

    • zedster66 says:

      Yeah, I’ve enjoyed it, doing the spinning and knitting, anything as long at it’s making something from fibre! Get your needles out, Marilyn 🙂

  9. Leonor says:

    Eek, welcome to the addiction! I can hardly ever go without a project now 🙂 An advise I’d give you would be, never, ever, use synthetic yarn or bad needles again to train, because you’ll get unnecessary grief and just think all yarns behave like that and give up…

    So, now it begs the question: have you tried making anything else in the meantime? 🙂

    • zedster66 says:

      Thanks, Leonor 🙂
      I don’t think the needles were that bad, they worked just like the bamboo ones I bought, I found them quite easy to use. I have knitted a couple of other things since, they’re almost finished, just need casting off.

    • Leonor says:

      You know you’ll have to show us your FOs, right? 🙂

      Bamboo isn’t bad, but most people find that once they switch to metal, they don’t like bamboo as much – it’s sticky!

    • zedster66 says:

      I’ll have to keep an eye out for metal ones then or see if my mum has a spare pair I can try 🙂

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