Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Bigger isn't always better
I’m knitting, I hope, a toy for two of the cutest little girls you’ll ever lay your eyes on. This will eventually be a stuffed caterpillar. Until this past Sunday, it was barely more than a knot that was giving me a headache.
Sunday, I went to Knit Happens in Alexandria to see if one, they could show me once and for all how to knit into the front and back of a stitch, and two, tell me a better way to knit in the round in such a very tiny, tiny circle.
I have pretty big hands for a woman, but my fine motor skills are second to none. I knit more with my fingers than my hands, so the 7″ double-pointed needles were really getting in my way. I couldn’t keep the needles or the yarn out of my way.
The nice ladies at Knit Happens showed me these double pointed needles — only 3.5″ long, and my troubles went away. With the smaller needles I can knit on four instead of three which keeps my stitches more even and makes the transition as I go around smoother.
Bigger isn’t always better. Lesson learned. Now, if only I’d counted my stitches correctly!