Hi All –
Cooks Talk groupie here, with big question on knitting.
I just taught myself how to knit a few weeks ago with some books. It took me a day to get the slipknot right, a week to figure out casting on, and another week to figure out how to knit. Still haven’t gotten to purl yet, but that’s the next project in the book! (Learn How to Knit, by Debbie Bliss, I think – it’s upstairs and I don’t feel like getting it to verify…grin. I’ve also got a Michaels craft store book, and the Family Circle Easy Knitting for fall book. With all three diagrams, each a little bit different, I was able to figure out the yarn and needles and positions and the like.)
I think I’m doing okay, except with the first stitch on the row – I was making new stitches every time (my gauge went from 20 stitches to 26 in 6 rows!), but I think I’ve got that mistake conquered now. However, sometimes I still mess up on that first stitch and it just looks…weird. And, the edges are all raggedy. I’ve got to practice more on that.
My question, finally, is how in the heck do you hold the needles? All the books I have, and on-line, tell me neat things like how to cast on and cast off, but the diagrams just show two floating hands with no indication of how you’re supposed to be holding them while sitting down.
I hold one needle, the one I knit to (is that right? The right needle, in any case), diagonally and in the air. The left needle is the one that I’m holding incorrectly, I think. I’m sitting down, and it’s pointing straight up like a rocket, resting on my upper thigh. When I get ready to slip off a stitch, I hold the point with my right middle finger to steady it, and pull the stitch off. I’ve gotten quite fast at it this way, but I’ve also got a small hole, lol, in my right middle finger from touching the tip of the needle so much and pressing down.
I figure I either need to get a thimble so I can do it “my way”, or get information on the “right way”, smile.
Knitting is very enjoyable for me – I wish I had learned it long ago. It sure beats playing Minesweeper for meditation purposes! You know, just sitting and doing something but letting your mind wander without watching t.v….