Monday, January 30, 2012

Progress Report and a Cause

I find that I am rather liking the process of knitting a sock on DPNs—in fact, it would be almost perfect if I could suspend the law of gravity or perhaps just suspend the needles.  After so many years of using the circulars, I keep turning loose of the left needle when I empty it and then it falls to the floor.  Since I am knitting in my living room, this isn’t a big deal, but I would have a real problem if, like so many out there, I knitted on public transportation—let’s see, Greyhound runs a bus through occasionally, 200 miles to the nearest passenger train station, 70 miles to a commercial airport--I think I’m safe.

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Today I watched a video on how to knit with DPNs.  They were using only 3 needles to hold the stitches and making a triangle instead of a square.  I knew that some people did that, but mentally I found the image of my sock stitches divided into fourths to be a better idea than thirds.  Was I wrong?  Is there some reason that a triangle is better besides the fact that it would be one less potential ladder site?  One plus that I noticed yesterday: it was easier to distribute the stitches without twisting them than it is on magic loop.  I also find that I rather like the historical feel to the process.

The other project that I’m working on at the moment is the current project from the Craft Hope blog.  This project is knitting hats or sewing bags for children with cancer.  The description stated that boys’ hats are particularly needed.  I’m using some washable stash yarn to knit hats, and I’m trying to make most of them boy-friendly.  The pattern I am using is this one—Little Guy Hats by Faith A.D.  They are very quick to make, but they look very nice, and the pattern allows for lots of customization to fit your particular yarn.

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I’m dedicating my knitting for this project to the memory of my cousin and dear friend that we lost after a really valiant battle with what was then a hard-to-detect form of childhood cancer.  That was 54 years ago next week, and I am very pleased that retinoblastoma now has a cure rate well over 90%.

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