How I knit, revisited
A small group I'm in online recently posted videos of different members' knitting styles, and it was fascinating--a little bit of everything--throwing, picking, wrapping clockwise, wrapping counterclockwise, but the end result was that everyone was able to create stitches that weren't twisted. (Which is not to say that twisted stitches are always wrong, only that the knitter should be in control of when they are twisted.)
The first video above is my primary method, a subset of English/American/throwing. I tension the yarn over my right index finger and "flick" it around the needle tip. When I first started knitting, I controlled the yarn by pinching it between my index finger and thumb; my current method resulted from my efforts to economize motion.
The second video shows one of the benefits of being able to work using alternate methods--I'm knitting in two colors, with the background color tensioned with my right hand, and the contrast color in my left, continental style.
To watch more videos of how other people knit, check out the #howIknit hashtag on Instagram. It's interesting!
A new batch of shawl sticks from Foofaraw. It's always fun to examine the variety of design and pick the one that works best with your project!
The August HerStory yarn from Knitted Wit honors the work of Seema Prakash, whose work in expanding access to plant cloning methods has helped to fight famine, especially among smaller, rural farmers. As for the colorway, the blues, greens, and vivid gold were inspired by the brilliant fabrics used in saris.
While I am going to reserve final judgment on this question for myself, I'm interested to know which of these cabled cardigans you think I should make. From left to right, Cathedral Grove by Josée Paquin, meander by Lori Versaci, and Chocolate Stout by Thea Colman.
Here's a SurveyMonkey link where you can weigh in. VOTE HERE.
It's time (in my mind) to circle back around to making a store sample for small people, and my choice this time is Frogginette's Silverfox. This cardigan has a size range of 6 months to 6 years, and features cables on a garter stitch background.
I'm using Cascade 220 Superwash in Christmas Red Heather. So far, the sleeves are complete--on to the body!