Starting to Knit Again!


With the winter in full swing my normal pain set in… which I hate… but that’s neither here nor there.

I changed knitting styles and I think I’ve finally found ‘the one’! Enter: Russian knitting! (figure 8 knitting) And the crowd goes wild!

The videos below demonstrate “Russian style” knitting.  The first video shows how to hold the yarn. The two videos using orange yarn are from the Ravelry group Russian Knitting Technique. The knit and purl videos from sheruknitting.com show how the knit and purl works. The last video, “Russian Stitch Mount” sheds light on how the stitches should be worked by paying attention to the leading leg (or wall) of the stitch. If you choose to watch the last video please take the time to watch the whole thing. She explains a lot in it .(Yes, I’m talking to you, you impatient people. You know who you are!)

 

‘Russian knitting’ is just the label placed on the technique, but it’s how I found out about it, so I’m keeping the label for now…. The technique often has speed knitting tacked onto the end, although not all speed knitting is Russian style knitting so don’t depend on using speed knitting as a search term. This style isn’t just isolated to Russia either, but since it’s usually just called “knitting” it’s been very hard for me to find extensive information about it.

Since this style is new to me, (as I’m sure it will be to many of you as well) if anyone knows what other names this may be under or knows of any great sites or video tutorials please tell me about them in a comment below.

What drew me to the technique was how very small the movements were to knit and purl stitches. You don’t fling your wrists and yarn around like English knitting and you don’t need to flail your left pointer finger up and down for purl like you do in Continental style. It’s just small unpainful movements.

The downside to this technique is that you can’t exactly follow a ‘normal’ pattern without rethinking directional decreases and other special stitches. The first purl row you do, changes the position of your stitches leading leg, and patterns are written for English or Continental style usually.

Enter: Combination knitting. If you do a search using a major search engine such as Google or Bing you can find a lot of information on how combined knitters work the different stitches that patterns call for.  This style is great too and demonstrates yet again there’s no wrong way to knit. Combined knitting has great resources to help figure out how to make patterns work for the way your stitches are positioned. (I consider myself an advanced beginner to knitting and crochet, how to work stitches differently isn’t natural to me. I often rely on YouTube and blogs to help me through projects.) For anyone interested, there’s groups on Ravelry for combined knitting too, so if you’re interested, definitely check them out.

If anyone is interested in trying Russian knitting here are some sites I’ve found helpful:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYdtpWueAERC0OnN8RyWDIA

Above is Sheruknitting’s YouTube channel. The videos are in English and she has some great learn to knit and crochet videos. I found her/their channel when I was trying to learn how to crochet lace tape for a project I was working on. Check out her Russian speaking site too. Her videos are easy to follow even with the language barrier. (Keep in mind, YouTube videos can be slowed down or sped up using the gear icon on the video.)

http://www.ravelry.com/groups/russian-knitting-technique

http://www.ravelry.com/groups/combination-knitters

Above are two groups I found with good information on both knitting techniques. Russian knitting technique group has videos she and her husband made for the group which are great resources of information.  To visit the groups, a Ravelry account is needed, but an account is free, and Ravelry is full of fun patterns, information, and like-minded crafters from all over the world. Beginner to expert knitters or crocheters  of all kinds can find projects and help there!

Best wishes to everyone, and please don’t forget to comment below if you know of more sites explaining about the technique. This technique/style of knitting may not be for everyone, but for me it lets me knit again without extreme pain after the first few minutes of picking up my needles!

Happy Crafting!

Toboggan of Pain and a Loving Farewell to a Friend


A few weeks ago a package of ground beef was purchased at Sam’s Club. For people unfamiliar with what Sam’s Club is, it’s a big box warehouse store. The package weighed roughly 4 pounds. Well normally the package would be separated into 1 pound pieces, and frozen. This wasn’t the case this time. A few days after the whole package was put into the freezer I went looking for a piece of meat I had in there. I opened the freezer door and glanced at what was in front when suddenly the ground beef package was tobogganing down the frozen peas at my face! (If you want a visual of what kind of package I’m speaking about, just do an internet search in your favorite search engine for “Sam’s Club ground beef” and hit images…)

Well…

My instinct kicked in. I tried to catch it and protect my face. This didn’t go so well. The package of meat slammed into my ring finger and pinky of my left hand. The pain was incredible. (The package of frozen meat hit the floor anyway and suffered a dented corner and a few splits in the foam tray.)

I put a cold soda can on it immediately and there was never any swelling. I also took a popsicle stick and tape and splinted my left ring finger. I figured it was all a hospital would do.

Two weeks later I went to my doctor who made me get x-rays because I can’t move the end joint of my finger without extreme pain. She did try to give me a real splint but I declined it due to allergies to a material it’s made of. I go in in a few days for a follow up and a normal check up.

Lesson learned: Don’t be lazy and put off splitting up bulk foods for the freezer. They are quite seriously dangerous.

Also, my German Shepherd was put to sleep late September as well. I miss her but she couldn’t walk anymore without pain. More then half the time she couldn’t walk at all and had to drag her back end along. She was on a lot of pain medication and it wasn’t helping much most days.

I miss you Zoey

I'll miss you. I love you.

Rescued from a kill shelter when she was literally a skeleton, she spent 11 years with me. I wish she could have spent more. 

Everyone take care for now.

A Shout Out For An Amazing Website I Tripped Over


I was outside today looking through some YouTube videos on Reverse Appliqué and Stumbled on one that really inspired me by Rob Appell. He made a website called Man Sewing. (Because he’s a man, and he sews. Pretty strait forward.)

He has a variety of sewing based projects and helpful tips on his site so if Reverse Appliqué isn’t your thing one of the other fun projects might be more up your alley. (Check out his Coming Home Quilt too! I LOVE IT!)

Anyway, go check out his website. (It’s not just quilting) Oh, and no, I’m not getting anything for plugging his site. I’m just impressed enough to share his talent.

http://mansewing.com/

Enjoy!