Category: Technique Speak

Fixing the Too-Short Socks

You may remember that one of the things I recently finished was a pair of short socks for DH.  Unfortunately, they turned out to be short in multiple places:  one of which was the leg, as intended, and one of which was the foot, which was not. And you may also recall that Sheryl’s remark…

When the Student Is Ready…

The rest of the old Buddhist saying is, "…then the teacher will appear." Well, usually I’m the knitting teacher — but in this case, I became the student.  Last Friday, I was grousing about the short black socks I had knitted for DH while on the trip in New Zealand.  Although I had faithfully copied the…

That Loopy Last Stitch

Sometimes, the little tricks are the best ones — simple yet effective.  Here’s one that has cropped up a few times lately in various classes I’ve been teaching. Actually, I posted this once before, a while ago — at the end of this post, which is way more than you ever wanted to know about…

Kitchener, Smitchener

Well, I’m sure both of you have done Kitchener stitch, or grafting, in the usual way:  it involves a tapestry needle, at least one reference book, and some quiet time alone — not to mention gnashing of teeth. Wanna try another way? But first, a warning:  for those who openly mock my habit of collecting…

Pick Up Lines

Hey gang – time for yet another thoughtful and informative post about the vocabulary foibles of the knitting world! I was considering writing about my experiences at Flock and Fiber, but I seem to have come down with some sort of cold since the weekend.  And while I’m starting to feel better, poor DH got…