I knit combined continental, and making purls are a breeze for me this way- I just flick the yarn around the needle, my thumb isn't involved.
I loosen my grip for more yarn by moving my pinkie out, feeding more yarn toward my hand. This is exaggerated here- unless what I'm using is really, really sticky I don't make a movement worth mentioning; for every stitch I do, my pinkie might move 2mm max. This yarn though, just slips through.
Making a purl- I just realised it looks like my thumb is helping to form the stitch, but that is just were it sits when I'm knitting.
My index finger is quite a way away from the tip of the needle- this both helps me flick, and control the slightly slippery yarn I'm using (100% Alpaca). If I were using something sticky, it would be much closer to the needle. I knit at a slightly loose tension- probably a difference of 0.25-0.5mm needle sizes from what I use to what is recommended.
How are the yarn decisions going? I think the blue is really pretty sunshineknits, but I am sure brown would be awesome as well. Juniper practicality, I think, is more on what colour you would wear more, not what seems most neutral, so which colour would you wear more?
My progress is pretty slow. I am about 1.5" into the stockinette after the ribbing, but I have a couple of high priority projects I need to get done as well. Hopefully it won't be too long before I am done.
I just realised I never posted my finished clap, sorry...
Although I was initially unsure about the colour, I absolutely love it now. The yarn is Baby Alpaca/Silk/Cashmere 70/20/10 and was fantastic to work with. The only trouble I had was when I didn't make my spit splice secure enough and it came undone on me a few rows above. I made it full size, but my needle size was larger than recommended so it drapey and light.
Sorry about the lack of colour accuracy, it is less orange. I used a bit less than 600 yards of DK weight.
Bixby...that is probably one of the most gorgeous clapotis I have seen. The colours are divine.
I have been coming by weekly to check out all the beautiful stuff, and I finally felt inspired enough to spin a bit this past week. I love everything so far, but honeyd's dyed roving is making my fingers itch....
I forgot to take a pic of this before I knitted it up: Spilt Makeup; merino, crossbread fleece, silk/mohair blend? blended on a hair pick.
Clouds; merino, unknown blue fiber...again blended on a hair pick
Bruised Fruit Slushee; kool-aid dyed roving, spun thick and thinish. I gifted this one to a friends sister who gave me her study notes
Please excuse the genuinely awful picture, but I felt as though I should update...
I cut one of the increase repeats, as I was getting close to finished measurements with 5. I'm thinking that with the dropped stitches it will turn at slightly bigger, which is a bit ironic as I was initally thinking smaller .
I find that just as I am getting bored it is nearly time to drop a stitch, and it is really satisfying to go down the ladder, giving the stitches a helping hand.
How are other people going on progress and yarn decisions?
Amethyst, I love the hat! Apart from the fit, how does it look on?
I have just finished my second repeat of the increase rows of my Clapotis, and while the colour is warmer than is shown in the pic, I am thinking that it is a bit bland for a full size one. So, I think I will do the 6 next rows and then move onto the straight rows, or else do one full row more.
If I make another, full sized, it will definately be more vibrant.
The colours are all so beautiful this week- I love the strong colours!
The only spinning I did this week was this skein. The natural is Suri Alpaca spun from the lock, and the pink/purple colour was commercially dyed corriedale roving. I'm calling it "Burr" in honour of all of the cursed things I picked out of the alpaca .
misshawklet, that yarn is so fluffy and yum, and the colours are really nice.
The yarn that I have been working on is finally dry, sorry about being late...
It was spun from Romney fleece, my first time preparing fleece from the beginning rather than using roving, and first time spinning from the lock (if that is the correct term for it). Dyed with food colouring, and then plyed.
I guess you guys are in the garage-sale dead season as well...that sucks.
This is an Oroton glomesh purse:
See how there are lots of light reflecting facets? They are all little (in this case) square tile like things which are joined onto each other rather than a backing, creating a pretty cool material. The purses were popular from the 50's to the 60's.