Monday, September 28, 2009

Rulers and Rules

See this? Do you know what this is? (Yes, I can see that it says French Curve right on the package).
This is the greatest invention EVER!!
Do you know why it is the greatest invention EVER?!
Because it is something that you can use to alter sewing patterns, that you already own, so that they fit you the way that you are now and not the way you used to be.

Sad thing is...I used it today to alter the brand new pattern that I bought yesterday (on sale at Fabricland), because....well I obviously haven't figured out that if you continuously need to add an inch (or two) to the patterns you have at home; then if you buy the same size, AGAIN, then you will have to alter it AGAIN!!! The multi-sizing group was bad; you know, because you're the smallest size in the bigger grouping...well, that still looks worse than maybe being the larger size in the smaller grouping.

Love the French Curve.

O.K. Some Knitting Rules.

First, let me explain...

This is Yarn Barf. Yarn Barf is the mess of yarn you get when you try to pull the centre from the ball to start knitting (or crocheting, if you're so inclined) and you get a bunch of yarn and not especially the end that you were looking for.

I abhor yarn barf.

Rule #1: Yarn Barf cannot be left as is.

I cannot rest until I have knit the entire yarn barf down to the point of a nice slim line of yarn emitting from the centre of the ball.

Rule #2: Knitting must be left with right side facing for the next row.

You can tell me we have to go, start locking the doors, stand there tapping your foot...I will only stop knitting when I have completed a wrong side row.

Rule #3: When working a sleeve or any other piece of knitting with intervals of increases, or decreases, the work must be left with a straight knit row to be worked when work is taken up again.

This is the only way to almost ensure a consistent slope in your work; if you are expected to remember to increase or decrease when you next pick up your knitting, then you will spend more time tinking (the act of un-knitting) than knitting. Leave your work so that you can just jump in and after you've completed a couple of rows you'll stop. Lay it on your lap. Admire it. Count what you've already accomplished and then it will come back to you that you should probably increase (or decrease, as the case may be) and then you're back in the groove!

Now, since I've cut out the adjusted pattern (I'll save the lining for another day) and dealt with the yarn barf, I will now get showered and feed my family. Oh, I got the laundry done and the sun is shining and tonight is my favourite t.v. night! I guess it's a good day.

Any knitting rules you'd like to share?


kgbknits said...

Rules? Oh, yes, there are R.U.L.E.S.
Rule #1 – Always keep a knitting project in the car. One never knows when there will be an inordinate amount of “waiting” time, which must be filled with knitting, to prevent said knitter from accidentally ripping someone’s head off.
Rule #2 – If the “car project” is getting perilously close to being finished, a second “car project” must also be available in the car. Sometimes the waiting periods are just so long, that the first project could get completed, and if a second project is not available, well, head-ripping-off could commence (see Rule #1 above), so it is wise to keep a second “car project” at hand.
Rule #3 – A lot of thought must go into the “car projects”. They must be easy enough to put down at a moment’s notice, and pick up again. But they must hold the knitter’s interest enough to distract the knitter from the potential head-ripping-off situations. Lace, is not a good candidate for a “car project”. Trust me on this. Socks are ideal, as well as anything garter stitch.

And finally,
Rule #4 – This is a general rule, not related to the “car project” rules above…..Keep this knitter away from Crazy Glue. ‘nuff said.

transitknitter said...

I also have an issue with yarn barf. My solution is to wind a tiny ball (centre pull of course)and then stuff it back into the original ball the barf came out of. No barf, no mess and just a nice single line of yarn from the middle of the ball.