s Thoughts from the Physics Chick: Things I have recently learned

Sunday, January 01, 2006

Things I have recently learned

(This has nothing to do with New Year’s, by the way.)

1. It does not, in fact, matter which direction you wrap the yarn around the knitting needles if you’re doing an row of straight purl stitches. (This leads one to suspect that Ambrosia was on crack when she was miming how to purl and she said it looked funky if you purled the wrong way.)

2. If you are knitting, the yarn has to start at the back. If you are purling, the yarn has to start at the front. If you try to pull the yarn over the needle, after you make the stitch, the result will look very, very crappy. And it becomes impossible to figure out how many stitches you have. You have to pull the yarn between the stitches, under the needle, before you make the stitch. (This is the very most important thing I have learned in the past week. Possibly this entire semester.)

3. If you are trying to do a rib stitch and you purl with the yarn going clockwise around the needle, it starts to look . . . funky. This means that it does, in fact, matter which direction you purl if you are alternating between knit and purl stitches on the same row. (This leads one to repent of having doubted Ambrosia’s mental state when giving the original purling advice.)

4. If you go straight to a wrongly-purled 1 x 1 rib from a stockinette stitch, you get these really funky holes in your knitting. It’s kinda pretty, if that’s what you’re actually trying to do.

5. If you get a stitch off on the second row of a 1 x 1 rib, it looks really bad and you have to unravel everything you’ve done after that point.

6. If you make vertical purl/knit stripes (i.e. ribs), the knit side sticks out. If you make horizontal purl/knit stripes, the purl side sticks out. Leave it to me to be thinking about the topology of knitting.

7. You can get a lot of knitting done during two episodes of Firefly.

8. You need to stop admiring the 10” of knitting you’ve done because you’ve got 50” more to do.

9. Knitting is a good hobby for an invalid (such as me).

10. Knitting is fun! (Well, scarves are fun, anyway. We’ll see how I feel after I attempt a hat.)


At January 02, 2006 6:46 PM, Blogger morningglow said...

I hope I get to meet you soon, Katya!

At January 03, 2006 10:56 AM, Blogger ambrosia ananas said...

I maintain that I was entirely free of illicit substances that evening, and that it was merely a poor choice of words on my part. (No, really, officer, don't look under my bed.)

(And it only took me about ten minutes of wrapping imaginary yarn around pens at my desk to figure out what I meant in the first place.)

At January 03, 2006 10:59 AM, Blogger ambrosia ananas said...

And congrats on your 10". It really is a notable accomplishment. (Especially if you, as you likely did, achieved all ten of those inches without a single curse.)


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