Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Sock Knitting Links

I had to restart my Tour de France Baudelaire socks. This is how my Figure Eight Cast On came out....
WAY too loose! So I got some advice from a sock knitter in the know and was directed to this tighter and much easier Toe-Up Cast On.
Here's more sock-knitting help...
Kitchener Stitch video (this site also has videos for using DPN's, turning a heel, picking up gusset stitches, 6 different cast-ons, and many other things)
Then there's yer 24 hour, free knitting teacher here.
In other news, I had an excellent knitting sighting yesterday. A 1972 episode of Night Gallery with guest star (and my hero/secret love crush) William Shatner. It was called Can a Dead Man Strike From the Grave? What an overly specific, long title! There was a woman knitting while teaching her daughter to play piano. The woman held the needles like pencils and was making a chunky, yellow garter stitch scarf. She was a thrower. Her knitting was slow but steady which makes me wonder: Was her slowness due to her pencil hold/throwing technique? Did she know how to knit prior to the role? Was she slow because she was concentrating on remembering her lines? Who taught her how to knit?
Over-analysing, as usual, Ruth!
P. S. Thanks to Throws Like A Girl for holding my knitting while I snapped a shot!

6 comments:

knitnzu said...

I managed an ok cast on based on the recent interweave knits...not sure why! I will simply have to get netflix or something because so much comes by that looks interesting-like Night Gallery-can't believe I don't remember it!

Chris said...

I'm glad that cast on worked for you!! Um, yeah, it would be the only toe-up cast on I know... :D

nishanna said...

when i cast on toe up i usually do the short row version using a provisional cast on with half the total number to stitches. I saw cookie's episode of knitty gritty and she talks about the eastern co (i think thats the name of it) and how you can tighten that up by pulling it like shoe laces across ending at the tail end.

and i LOVE night gallery. Love it to no end.

Tammy said...

Don't tell anyone I said this... but toe-up sock knitting is evil!
Shhhh. ;)

kmkat said...

I have to try that figure 8 cast-on. The one I learned is ass.

Quail Hill Knits said...

I looked at your picture of the figure eight cast on and realized I had seen it before --- in a pair of sock I recently stared. I just don't care for that particular method as I always seem to get it too loose. Oh well, that why there are so many different methods. I loved the analysis of the show. I've seen that episode too. I think she must have learne to knit for the role.