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Louise Gaunt

  • Joined May 2011
Re: Spinning in the Era of the Spinning Wheel project
« Reply #15 on: January 19, 2015, 08:54:54 am »
I learnt to knit anchoring my needle under my right arm , and can knit quite quickly this way. I am also getting to like seamless knitting on a circular needle, especially using magic loop. I am struggling with continental knitting ! I think because my right needle isn't firmly clamped under my right arm!

SallyintNorth

  • Joined Feb 2011
  • Cornwall
  • Rarely short of an opinion but I mean well
    • Trelay Cohousing Community
Re: Spinning in the Era of the Spinning Wheel project
« Reply #16 on: January 19, 2015, 09:05:33 am »
Louise, you can do continental with the right needle under your arm; just move the other needle and the yarn around the static tip.

I was not so good at continental until I started doing stranded.  It seemed natural to have one yarn in each hand, so then of course I was doing continental with the left yarn! 

Yesterday I even managed some purl stranded, although I'm still rather clunky at it.
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Anke

  • Joined Dec 2009
  • St Boswells, Scottish Borders
Re: Spinning in the Era of the Spinning Wheel project
« Reply #17 on: January 19, 2015, 09:59:18 am »
Louise, you can do continental with the right needle under your arm; just move the other needle and the yarn around the static tip.

Right needle under which arm? Continental knitting - the right hand/needle is doing all the work  :-\

I can ONLY knit continental and have tried to teach myself british, but have given up, life is just too short... it makes my stranded knitting a bit slower as I switch wool, but it allows me to control the tension better.

SallyintNorth

  • Joined Feb 2011
  • Cornwall
  • Rarely short of an opinion but I mean well
    • Trelay Cohousing Community
Re: Spinning in the Era of the Spinning Wheel project
« Reply #18 on: January 19, 2015, 10:09:12 am »
I think of continental as 'yarn in left hand, being picked through the loop' as opposed to English-style 'yarn in right hand being thrown around the needle'.

Back to our Shetland knitters doing stranded using a knitting belt - the right needle is more-or-less fixed (though you can flex the tip slightly) and they carry a yarn on each hand, picking the left yarn through the loop mainly by moving the left needle and controlling the yarn with the finger. 


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Mad Goatwoman of Madeley

  • Joined Sep 2011
  • Telford
Re: Spinning in the Era of the Spinning Wheel project
« Reply #19 on: January 19, 2015, 11:34:36 pm »
How does a knitting belt work?

Found a wee clip of Hazel knitting at speed https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WjEh7acrr5o

She also made one of her own, to show how to use the knitting belt.

Have a watch of those videos, Lesley; they both show Hazel using hers.  The second one she's slowing it down so you can see clearly how she handles the stitches, and how the pin is positioned in the belt.


Thanks, Sally. I think I might get myself one. It does remind me of when I had a knitting cat - or one who thought he was a knitting cat. I knitted with the end of the needle in his mouth.

 

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