Archive for February 17th, 2009


More about knitting, I’m afraid.

I made a scarf, from a really nice Welsh wool (yarn) and a really nice pattern from the Yarn Harlot (which I didn’t do justice to, though I can’t work out why), and I made a hat to go with it, from a chunkier wool in the same colours. Actually I made the hat first, then the scarf, then went back to tinkering with the hat, having worn it a few times and decided that a) it needed lining and b) it was about a row too short.

So I needed to learn how to pick up stitches and alter the hat “live” – and in the round. Hmmm. The problem was, I quickly found that I couldn’t add all the stitches round the circumference of the hat onto my regular straight needles. Well of course not!

Am I a knitting imbecile?


But I did fairly quickly realise that if I used a couple of other needles in similar sizes, I could get the extra stitches all round my hat and gradually manoeuvre round those stitches with the pair in the correct size (moving stitches a few at a time onto the correct size needle, to be worked from as I went along), I could – albeit tediously – do what I needed to do. I can’t explain it very well. It looked a fine mess, and I wish I’d taken a photograph of it. There were knitting needles sticking out in all directions. But, crucially, it worked.

Yay. I just invented double pointed needles! Or sort of. What I really did was give myself a practical lesson (wow! I get it!) in what they are, how they work, and why I need to get some, pronto.


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More is less

I think this needed to be added to the frit tutorial. I’ve been thinking about it, and I’m not sure I was quite clear enough before, so here it is, spelled out in the least uncertain of terms:

  • More frit than you can possibly imagine is still less than you think.
  • Quite possibly it is less than you need.
  • Any less, it just won’t be enough, especially for pale shades. It will disappear. Completely.
  • So go heavy with it, and the finer the grade, the heavier you need to go.

So for powder, imagine you are trying to murder someone with a sodium overdose and that your frit is the salt; whereas for fine frit, you are merely trying to make them very, very ill.

Coarse frit is much more “wysiwyg”, so you can exercise relative caution.

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