Monthly Archives: February 2009

Teaching

I thought I’d post something completely different.  We started our knitting club yesterday.  Over the next four weeks five crazed teachers will try to teach a group of fourth and fifth graders how to knit.  We collected a bunch of donated yarn and bought some needles.  We decided not to teach them how to cast on, just yet.  We thought they would be more interested in the actually knitting.  After all watching their piece grow is the initial fun.  Might I just say the whole experience was rewarding and very, very interesting.  It was fun to watch how each student held their needles, some were knitting soooo tight and some were soooo loose.  I can’t wait to see what they bring us back next week!

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Cable v7

Can you believe it…as mentioned, I ripped out v5 and decided that perhaps I needed a change.  So I switched from the gray yarn to the burgundy (thinking perhaps that would help).  For some reason, my casting on was really wonky so I ripped out several attempts (I didn’t count these as real versions).  Then I messed up again…ripped and started v7.  You’ll notice I don’t give up easily.  Well, imagine my surprise when I got the cable stitch and realized I had been doing it all wrong.  After slipping the stitches off and k2, I was to slip the purl stitches back to the left needle, purl those two, knit the two on the cable needle before continuing on with the pattern of p2.  It makes all the difference.  Go figure!

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Cable v5

Guess what? No really, guess.  Ding, ding, ding, ding…yes I messed up on the cable – yet again.  After ripping out version four I began again.  No problems with the ribbing so I moved on.  I carefully wrote out the cable stitches and concentrated on making sure I made each stitch and I held the cables to the correct side.  All went well and I had a nicely done row of cables.  Knitted four more rows of K2 P2 and it was cables again.  I completed four rows of cabling with the proper K2 P2 in between.  So, what’s my problem?  Not sure, but the cables wrong.  It looks nothing like the picture.  My guess is that at some point I must have moved stitches from one set of needles to another which then threw off where the cable stitches came it at, but what should have been a twisted cable is not.  So…..rippppp! On to version 6.

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