Thursday, August 7, 2008

Knitting Little Tubes

New techniques. Gotta try 'em.

I've been knitting lots of little tubes like these guys. They don't look like tubes because I mashed them flat and scanned them instead of having them smile pretty for a photo. The colors are more accurate, but, somehow, that third dimension gets a little lost.

I have a friend who has rheumatoid arthritis. She makes wire and bead jewelry. I know that it hurts her hands, but she's driven. I've decided that what she needs for her birthday/Christmas present is a pair of fingerless mitts to keep her hands and wrists warm while leaving her fingers bare to do the bead work.

I've already bought the yarn. I am, however none too fond of double pointed needles. Just too many pokey-outs all over the place.

So I'm studying different ways of knitting tubes. In June I learned Cat Bordhi's two circular needle technique. Last week I learned Magic Loop. Last night I tried two tubes on one long circular needle. Supposedly it's easier to get two matching socks - or mitts in my case - and you don't end up finishing one and diddling around, never finishing the second.

With my Baby Bootie track record,
I figured this might be a very good thing... I need to get some needles with a more flexible cable before I start, though.


Iron Needles said...

Ahhhhhh....I see you've come over to the dark side! I do the loop of majickness myself because it mystifies the uninitiated. Check out the knitpicks website for good long circs with flexible cables at most excellent prices. (I recieve no monies for this promotion....)

Wunx~ said...

(The dark side inspires me to dark exclaimations.)

Thanks I will check them out.