Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Click Click Clickety Click

Can you hear the sound of needles clicking?  That's me, busy working on Liberty.  It's coming along nicely now that I’ve gotten fairly comfortable with two-handed knitting again.  I’ll just be knitting along, immersed in following my chart, and ever now and again, I'll stop and take a look at my knitting and I think, "Oh. WOW!"  It is SUCH fun to see the pattern emerging.














One thing though.  My white stitches are a little tight and I think it's because I'm knitting the white with my left hand, which is not my dominent hand.  If anyone out there has any ideas or tips to help me with this, I'd surely appreciate it.

When I need a break from pattern squinting, I pick up the Cute Baby Kimono (from Mason-Dixon Knitting) I'm making for my friend's daughter, Ellen.  I’ll be making two of these since Ellen is having twins!   I’m using Berroco Comfort in Rosebud.  Since big sister, Kate, will only be 1 ½ when her sisters are born, Ellen needs something that is super easy care and Comfort fits the bill.














This is knit all in one piece with seaming up the sides and underarms.  I'm almost finished with the left side.  This is an easy and quick knit and has been my take along knitting this week.

Oh, and one more thing.  I've discovered that a nice steaming mug of Earl Grey (decaf) is the perfect accompaniment to Liberty knitting.




9 comments:

Minnesota Mazzio's said...

You knitting is beautiful. I am inspired. I need to start working on mine but I have lost my mojo :)

Vicki Knitorious said...

Just came over via the Liz Thomas link from Kay @ Mason-Dixon to say WOW! Your boys' log cabin blankets are spectacular!! Well done.

Diane H said...

Also clicked over from MDK - I like your enthusiasm for the Liberty afghan! I'll stalk these posts in hopes of getting renewed interest in mine.

I am a continental knitter and find that if I throw the yarn for my right hand (not dominant) I can better control the tight/loose aspect of that second yarn.

tam said...

Yolanda, the log cabin blankets are so BEAUTIFUL! Would you mind sharing what size needles you used (and length)? And whether you use bamboo or Addi Turbos? Thanks.

Yolanda said...

Thank you all so much for your lovely comments. I've been a little out of pocket for the past couple of weeks and Liberty hasn't been a good project to be working on. You all are inspiring me to get back to it quickly!

Yolanda said...

Tam - I used size 7's. I started out with a 16" bamboo and switched to a 24" bamboo when it became necessary. Finally I switched to a 36" Addi. The Addi was a lifesaver on those long rows.

Lynne S. said...

Yolanda, I second Vicki Knitorious (belatedly). I came over from MDK and Kay did not oversell your gorgeous work.

This may not help much, but your tension will get more consistent between hands with practice :-) and also, I found it helped to physically relax the hand working the tighter tension whenever I thought of it. Just loosen your hand whenever you think of it. This may mean some inconsistent tension within that colour until you've become accustomed to 2-handed colourwork, but you're working with a wool blend, so blocking will go a long way to evening it out. (It will even out the work you've already done, too.) Worked for me, anyway.

pattie in Geneseo said...

I also arrived via MDK and those amazing photos--amazing and beautiful knitting!! Colors!!!

Sometimes I do stranded knitting from the inside of the circular needle, sort of putting the item inside out. And, I consciously spread the sts on the right needle to smooth out my tension.

linda mac. said...

love your knitting! I'm also trying to use my left hand. Lynn is right, wiggle your little finger/and index finger, Have seen inprovement when I can get those fingers to relax. Linda