How's everyone? It's been awhile since I actually posted a "here's what I'm doing" entry so thought it was time. August seems to have flown by and before we know it, it'll be September and time for Fall to roll in. Fall is my favourite time of the year when you can feel the days shortening and the cooler weather starting to show itself in cooler evenings and somewhat cooler days. Since I'm not a fan of heat, Fall feels like a release to me since the heat seems to be dissipating and I feel like I can breathe again.
So I decided to take a shawl design class this summer hosted by Stefanie Japel and have been working on a little design since the class started in July. The class has been really useful in learning some of the finer points of designing a shawl and who knew it involved so much math? It's a good thing I don't mind math so much and it's interesting to see how the math does influence the design.
As I've been knitting up my design sample, I was getting a little frustrated with all the purling of stockinette especially now that I'm up into the 100+ stitch range. I put a little tweet out on Twitter and Facebook and knitters jumped in with some really great suggestions on how to avoid purling! Backwards knitting! Do you backwards knit? Of course a quick search on YouTube yielded two different options when it comes to backward knitting - which do you use?
I thought I would prefer the slipping stitches of video #2 but somehow I managed to get into a little rhythm with video #1's technique. I worried also that my tension would change but giving the yarn a little tug after a couple of stitches backwards snugs it back up ever so nicely so no problem there either. If you hate purling, I suggest you try either technique if you haven't already...it's so nice not to fight with the yarn while purling. I tend to push the knitting needle a lot when purling which invariably ends up with a sore finger which I'm now avoiding with backwards knitting...yay!
As for my design, it's coming along and I hope to release the pattern for it after I've had it test knit by a couple of people. Knitting and designing is an interesting process - it involves a lot of note-taking rather than just straight up knitting. So far, I love it!
Have a great rest of the summer everyone and hope to be showing you the full shawl in the near future and of course, I'll be knitting backwards too!