Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Rain and favorite knitting books

The good news about rain is it makes a knitting a lovely way to spend time. Yep, 24 hours of rain at the beach...we've played checkers, watched Harry Potter, took the dog for quick walks under the umbrella....and I've knitted while my daughter read to me.

I've gotten the back of the camisole top finished. I'll upload pictures when we're home. Hopefully, I'll be casting on the front tonight while we watch a little television.

I love books. And sometimes a particular book becomes a favorite of mine.

Nancie Wiseman's "The Knitters Book of Finishing Techniques" has become one of those favorites. I put it in my knitting bag for this trip - just in case. And I'm glad I did.

In addition to describing a particular knitting technique, Ms Wiseman lists the benefits and drawbacks of each. I find it very helpful in deciding what to use, or how to fix a problem when a particular technique is used.

First I referred to the book to decide which cast on method to use for the camisole. When I have to cast on 100 plus stitches, I'm fearful of the long tail cast on and running out of yarn for the tail. I wanted to use the knitted cast on but have noticed "holes" in this cast on method. This book suggests a solution for this - and it worked! Then I looked up bind off methods just to be sure...no surprises there. It was nice to know the pluses and minuses of all methods before working it.

If you like to knit, this is a great book to have in your knitting bag!

1 comment:

Janet said...

Sorry to hear about all the rain. We had it, too. But at least you got to knit....and how cool is that, to have your daughter read to you!

I'll check out that book on Amazon. Might have to become part of my growing collection.