fiber arts!

Discussion in 'Make It So' started by jacktrash, Jun 3, 2015.

  1. paladinkit

    paladinkit brave little paladin

    Soooooo I'm trying a new thing - I did an unboxing video for my fiber club!


    I really just wanna ramble about fiber? I feel like I'm always very awkward on video but oh well.
     
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  2. IvyLB

    IvyLB Hardcore Vigilante Gay Chicken Facilitator

    I didn't think you were awkward! The video was very fun!
     
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  3. Jean

    Jean Let’s stop procrastinating -- tomorrow!

    Okay, question: when knitting, do right handed people generally hold the string with their right index finger or their left (and vice versa)? Because I started out with my right but have switched to my left some time when I wasn't paying attention, and now I'm curious.
     
  4. IvyLB

    IvyLB Hardcore Vigilante Gay Chicken Facilitator

    I have it wrapped around my left index I'm p sure, since it needs to be held so i can grab it with the working needle (right), but i believe there's different approaches, just how i can literally ask any of my acquaintances who knit to pick up stitches for a start and they all do it wildly differently (Which i don't mind I can't do it well at all it ties my brain in knots lmao, i can only do pickup on a knitting loom)
     
  5. Everett

    Everett local rats so small, so tiny

    i usually hold it with my right hand or have it wrapped thru my right fingers if i care about tension
     
  6. Astrodynamicist

    Astrodynamicist Impulse Bean

    I usually do right index, bc I can only do knit stitches with left not purl (it gets all twisty and hecked up and I haven’t debugged that yet). Sometimes if it’s a project where I’m just knitting though I’ll switch to give my hand a bit of a break bc I have RSI.

    I’ll also, if I’m knitting something two color stranded, have one color on right and the other on left.

    Also if you didn’t know, there are names for these! There’s english vs continental (I thiiiiink english is right for righties and continental is left, but I’m bad at remembering this one). These are also called throwing vs picking, bc w right you “throw” the yarn around the needle but with left you “pick” at it with the needle.
     
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  7. keltka

    keltka the green and brown one

    english is right handed knitting, continental is left, it's definitely not a lefty righty thing because p much everyone I know does it the way they learned it, not based on dominant hand. I'm also right handed, but I knit continental, and I'd like to learn one strand in each for double knitting purposes...

    iirc it's a little assumed that you'll eventually pick up both for colorwork
     
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  8. Astrodynamicist

    Astrodynamicist Impulse Bean

    ...i just realized i guess i was assuming lefty knitters do everything mirrored? like go left to right. but that... doesn't make any sense.

    i was writing up a whole thing about how i thought the finger used for picking/throwing flipped for lefties, but realized that doesn't make sense.
     
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  9. keltka

    keltka the green and brown one

    oh man, no, it's...well the only thing reversed I've heard is that purl is a little easier for righties, and knit is a bit more of a wrap? so like, the motions are reversed, the fingers are basically the same!
     
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  10. Jean

    Jean Let’s stop procrastinating -- tomorrow!

    So, we have a Lot of very fine (as in width) mohair blends that mom got like ten years ago and we never really did anything with. Any suggestions for projects? (They are so fuzzy.)

    Edit: mom says it's fingering.
     
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  11. Astrodynamicist

    Astrodynamicist Impulse Bean

    I want to practice some lace knitting techniques in prep for an actual project. The lightest weight yarn I have rn is approximately sport. Would I just bump up the needle size by like two to get a lacy gauge? I’m gonna get proper lace weight yarn eventually but I want to practice with what I have for now.
     
  12. jacktrash

    jacktrash spherical sockbox

    HATTES
     
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  13. paladinkit

    paladinkit brave little paladin

    Yep! Just choose needles that give you a loose, drapey gague. Lace knitters do this a lot, sometimes if you browse projects on Ravelry you can see what needle sizes people chose for different weights. I tend to knit fingering weight with US 6 or 7 for lace, and worsted with, say, US 10 - I haven't actually worked with sport weight yet.
     
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  14. Lizardlicks

    Lizardlicks Friendly Neighborhood Lizard

    Coworker just gifted me a whole and entire spinning wheel. The tension spring is missing, the tension knob doesn't fit (I think it's an older wheel and the last owner tried to replace the missing knob with a new style knob. Not sure where I'm going to get the old style) and one of the flyer bearings is busted but free spinning wheel!!
     
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  15. keltka

    keltka the green and brown one

    I'm desperate for advice on two at a time sock knitting—does anyone have any advice? I have two videos and another article pulled up but it's a fairly dizzying amount of "no THIS is the best way" to go through...any basic steps/suggestions I can start with?

    ETA: also my audio processing right now is....not great, and the article is super "image with minimal context" heavy
     
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  16. jacktrash

    jacktrash spherical sockbox

    sorry, i've never tried it, as it looks like the kind of thing that needs to be done at a table and not near cats. :P
     
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  17. keltka

    keltka the green and brown one

    my goal is to learn it pre-cats so when we eventually get that kitty I'll still be able to churn out socks...but yeah I'm gonna start with a standard sock pattern because Dear God
     
  18. jacktrash

    jacktrash spherical sockbox

    i just knit em one at a time so i only have one yarn ball to guard
     
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  19. Jean

    Jean Let’s stop procrastinating -- tomorrow!

    Glove progress!
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  20. spockandawe

    spockandawe "My body is a #starscream temple"

    Blanket! After I bought registry gifts for an upcoming wedding, I was feeling vague silly guilt over 'bluh bluh you should have spent more' and then I remembered that once upon a time I tried to give my close friends something handmade too when they got married, and suddenly, crochet.

    I bought the yarn for one pattern, started it, hated it (at least with that yarn) and went looking for something interesting to try. The wedding looms and my spoons are erratic, so I wanted something that was a single piece and found the virus blanket tutorial video. I had bulky yarn and was working with variegated colors instead of hard color changes, but I gave it a go, and it worked out well! 2000 yards got me a little smaller than I'd prefer (4'x4') but I'm out of yarn and so is the store, and that's still a decent lap blanket size

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