Tips and Tricks
I think that every knitter must have a trick or two, skills that they developed or tools that they repurposed, because they needed to do something with yarn, and couldn’t figure out an established way. Or maybe they thought that there must be a better way than the established one. Sometimes, we will talk about these tips and tricks, and we would love for you to tell us about yours by posting a comment. We might even have a contest. Yes, we should. A contest.
Here’s how it will go. Post your best tip or trick, one per person please, because the next time we chose this topic, we might run this contest again, and you won’t want to give up your best stuff all at once. Winners will be chosen out of a hat, because random number generators creep me out, and I am in charge of this here contest. And because I said so. You can win as long as you are not Tesia, Allison, Abi or me. Prize TBD. The deadline to enter will be 6pm PST on Monday, August 9th.
My tip is one that I discovered out of necessity. The first pair of socks that I knit with fingering weight were cabled, the Twists and Turns socks by Ariel Altaras. My project here. I didn’t realize yet that I am a very loose knitter, and need to use much smaller needles than the average knitter to accomplish an adequate gauge on any size yarn, and for socks, well, let’s say that I use the same sized needles to knit a worsted sweater as I had originally bought to knit these socks. But anyway, at the time, I didn’t know about cabling without a cable needle. Or online stores that sell tiny needles. So I used a wooden toothpick, cinnamon flavoured, as a cable needle. At first, the toothpick may catch on the yarn, but all it takes is a few swipes with a nail file, and my super efficient cable needle storage system to compensate. My trick is to keep the cable needle in my hair when I am not actually cabling. I put my hair in a pony tail, and stick the toothpick between the elastic and my head, through the gathered hair. The natural oils on my hair smooth the needle and make it nice for knitting. I don’t do this often anymore, now that I use 1.2mm needles to knit fingering weight socks. So now I use a 1.2mm dpn, by Hiya Hiya as a cable needle. Sometimes I still stick it in my hair, but these suckers are pointy, so I always regret it.