November 12th, 2013

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Baby, it's COLD outside!

50* with a windchill of 30*. Ish. :brrrrrrr:

Ali - looking forward to reading your notes. I *need* to watch the vids....right now, present knitting has consumed my brain. However.....the first mitt is done and I've started the 2nd, so hopefully I can finally *sit* later on this week. I hope....this is the last holiday knitting. The next set isn't due until January. :breathes:

H - no, that's more than just 15 minutes of knitting! It's about....4 hours, all told (for the mitt; the hat was probably 6 hours), done in 15 to 20 minute bursts thru out the day(s). I have everything set up, so all I have to do is pick up the needles and go - that saves time. It helps that the last 2 projects were "easy" ones (the charts are well-written, and easy to follow. Plus, only 2 colors - that makes for faster progress.)

Knitting isn't *hard*.....but it can be hard on the wrists, especially if they're already compromised. I knit "English" - the yarn is in my right hand and I "throw" it around the needle tip; my left hand just kinda sits there. My left forefinger pushes the next stitch up and off the needle. "Continental" knitting - which is faster, by a HUGE factor! - requires the left hand to carry the yarn and position it for the right needle tip to scoop. I keep trying it....but it *hurts* (more than just learning something new hurts) so I keep giving it up. I think, if you already have wrist/hand problems, English-style knitting would be the best bet. Go to to watch some really good instructional videos - or just go to your local(isn) yarn store and see what they offer. (Our "local" yarn stores are all at least 50 miles, not so local. :lol:)

Crochet might be easier - I just don't "get" it. I'm trying....but so far, it's not sticking. Crochet is faster, but it uses more yarn. It also makes a firmer, less drape-y fabric (due to the way the stitches are made).

Anyway...time to gather stuff up for school. Laters!

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