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Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Green Tweed and the Mysteries of Knitting

I started a new pair of socks with my handspun wool/mohair from MDS&W. I'm using the Harris Tweed stitch pattern and its looking strangely like horizontal pleats. For some reason this sock reminds me of an accordian. When I was working on the sock, I got to thinking about strange things that knitting does and how I don't know why it does these things. When I knit my first top down sock, I couldn't fathom how it was possible to get a shaped heel when I was reading the directions. I still think its a magical moment when you turn a right angle in a tube that's knitted around and around. Lace? Lace can stay straight if the decreases are right next to the YO's but if you move them a bit away, you get curves or points in your lace - all from knitting back and forth. I don't really want to know exactly how knitting does these things. Its like finding out how a magician does a trick - you never really look at the trick in the same way. I guess its enough to know that these things can happen and I just enjoy it when they do.

4 Comments:

Blogger Molly Morrison said...

I love the mysteries of knitting, too! The way I can just follow a pattern (whether it be lace or cable or turning a heel) and something amazing comes out of it! For that matter, just knitting and turning yarn into fabric is pretty mysterious and cool, too. :-)

9:00 AM  
Blogger Opal said...

I always find knitting magical too. It's one of the reasons that I've managed to keep up with it for so long.

I really like that handspun your using. So pretty!

12:22 PM  
Blogger Michelle said...

Your ribbing on this sock looks so snug. Do you do the ribbing in a smaller needle size? Mine never looks as good and I worry that they won't stay up.

12:23 PM  
Anonymous meg said...

I want to know everything! I'd really, really like to know how that Chris what's-his-name "Mindfreak" does those impossible tricks. Wouldn't spoil the 'magic' of it for me at all.

9:24 AM  

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