Monday, August 07, 2006
back to front
Doesn't it look lovely and fluffy? I normally don't like fluffy but this yarn has just enough wool (65% merino, 35% alpaca) to keep it all in line, so the alpaca just gives it this lovely lightweight warmth. I have a load of it in a lavender colour waiting to turned into a cabled jumper for me.
In response to my last post,Ysolda suggested I try knitting backwards. Of course! I'd been wanting to try that after I saw the article in the last knitty*, and it works a treat.
I started off twisting stitches, but it wasn't long before I got the hang of it. A bit slower than purling, but you save the time of turning (and so reversing the arrangement of all the bobbins). I was worried it would mess up my gage but it doesn't seem to have made much difference.
Kerrie's posted up a sneak peak of my design on the yarn foward site. It's the knit side, which luckily prompted me to check I'd made it clear the pattern is reverse st st. This is the problem with purl-side as right-side, it can give the impression of being inside out. I have a big grey cardigan my boyfriend is always telling me I've got on the wrong way round.
* I've sometimes heard knitters say "knitty articles, oh I never read them, its all about the patterns". These people are fools.