Monday, October 02, 2006

Mermaid Update

I'm having so MUCH FUN knitting this project! There is enough going on to keep my interest, I don't feel as if I am knitting acres and acres of garter stitch, which is what I usually feel. Instead, I watch the changes, and keep interested. I'm not normally into garter. But, I happily knit away on this! Hanne Falkenberg deserves a lot of credit for designing this.


Serena said...

Hey, looks awesome so far! Can't wait to see you in it once it's finished!

AlisonH said...

That's gorgeous!

dianne noe said...

Woow! this looks great - colors will be wonderful for you.! Dianne

The Spindling Scot said...

I'm not a great knitter, being more an aran pullover enthusiast, but may I say wow! I've got to give it a go...
It looks like it's being knitted sideways?
Thanks for the inspiration.

fiberfanatic said...

Yes, it is knit sideways from the left front to the right front. The sleeves are knit sideways too (along the long edge) and then sewn in place. Talk about a pattern that says, "just one more row!"

I don't think you can deprecate your skills if you love Aran knitting!

The Spindling Scot said...

I think it's what you are used too. I grew up in a family where one gran knitted aran pullovers, the other crotcheted, and great gran was a weaver!
I do not consider myself a good knitter because I am slow in comparison to many others, the joy of Aran style is that speed is secondary to pattern, so I break even there :-)
I am also a lefthanded knitter, using the Scottish system of one needle under my arm or in a belt.
I'm going to give this a try though...may take a year!

fiberfanatic said...

By a left hand knitter, do you mean that you knit from right needle to the left, or do you mean that you carry the yarn in your left hand (Continental)? I'm a Continental knitter myself, it isn't a problem at all in knitting!

As for knitting with the needle tucked under your arm or in a belt, it doesn't really matter, so long as you can get all the stitches on your needle! smile

And we rejoice that we can now knit at our own speed! I have an Aran going at the moment, and I'm slow. But it will get done! I promise!

The Spindling Scot said...

I was born ambidextrous, but have found that in certain things I am left handed - playing musical instruments and knitting.
My two grans had a hell of a time trying to teach me to knit or crochet as they were right handed. On Skye, where I grew up knitting is generally done in the English style, but some of the really old ladies still used wee bags attached to a belt to hold the left hand needle. Both needles in this method are long and double pointed. The left hand then controls the yarn without having to touch the left needle. The right needle is the only one that moves. I had to learn the bag method as I was too cack handed for the English, and the Continental was not taught at all.

Here in France everyone knits Continental and stares at me on the train totally confused :-)

My present Aran project is being spun at the moment from Hebridean Black fleece. I'm making a viking cable pullover for winter. Should be finished before January when the worst weather arrives, if I've got time I'll make a tam to go with it. I love watching the pattern grow :-)

fiberfanatic said...

Hm, so you knit reverse English. Okay, I can visualize it. The important thing is that you knit! grin

Love to see samples of the spinning. I'll watch for it on your blog.