This is week 1 of the Scallop of the Sea Knitalong. Have I said how much I love these colors together yet?
As usual, I had one false start in which I knit well past the week’s goal only to see that the stitches were too loose and the whole bag would be a few inches wider than I’d like.
After much annoying untwisting and unravelling of the stranded piece, I decided that on my second try I’d use a two handed throwing technique that combines continental and English knitting styles, like “real” fair isle knitters do.
Since I’m used to the English style, holding a second strand in my left hand and throwing it around the needle from there felt weird, like brushing my teeth with the wrong hand; but once I got used to it, I see I can knit about as fast as I was previously without having to perpetually untwist yarn balls. This means that ripping anything back will also not require much untwisting, should I need to correct a mistake. Plus, I can carry my floats easily in this way, which just looks pretty.
I’m back down to size 2s again. I need to just invest in several small sized addi turbo needles (sizes 0 to 4) for Christmas. I’d call this a hint, but no one from my everyday life reads this except my grandmother, and I may have lost her back there with all the two handed throwing technique business. But, it is almost Cyber Monday….