Accident Prone Knitter

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I've lived in California, Montana, Idaho, Colorado, Toronto and Pennsylvania. I'm a retired police officer, and I've worked in accounting and payroll related fields for the last several years.

Monday, January 08, 2007

Lace Problems?

These two items showed up at my house right before Christmas, and yesterday was my first time using them. Anyone else think they could get hooked on playing with a new toy utilizing a very necessary tool for knitters? I wonder how many relationships these have saved? I'm sure many a spouse are thankful their knitter has these. We'll see what MFB thinks the first time he's home when I'm using them. I had no idea the swift was that big! I sure could have used these back in May when I brought this home from Maryland Sheep and Wool.

I used these yesterday to wind the EL Silky Wool and then started working on my lace project. My center stitch looks like it's wandering to the right and left and I'm not sure if it's going to straighten out with blocking or if I need to rip it out. Hmmm. Anyone with ideas?

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14 Comments:

Blogger Beth said...

Can you tug hard on your knitting and see that the center stitch really is the center stitch? If so, you're good to keep going. If it really is wandering, I'd rip now before I went any further. :(

9:38 PM, January 08, 2007  
Blogger Joanne said...

I think that your knitting will look wonderful when it's blocked out.

Aren't knitting gadgets wonderful? After I got my swift and ball winder I only wanted to buy yarn in skeins so that I could play with it!

9:40 PM, January 08, 2007  
Blogger Carol said...

I have to wait til my birthday to get one of those! I have not completed my first lace yet, so my opinion would be from inexperience. Thanks for the kind words *blush* When I made that dress, I was young, energetic, had no children & was a little nuts. Ice is nice right now. I plan on buying all the tank tops I can get my hands on this spring! I never thought of using EL SW for a lace project! Capital idea!

9:49 PM, January 08, 2007  
Anonymous Dipsy said...

I think it's definitely going to straighten out once you're blocking it - if the center stitch really *is* in the center, that is. But it seems to me that it is, so you shouldn't worry much about it!
This swift... yummy! I think CM isn't aware at all that such tools exist, I think he'd get me one in an instant in order not to have to play the human swift anymore ;) Perhaps I should drop a word occasionally??? ;)

12:56 AM, January 09, 2007  
Blogger Life's a Stitch said...

I'm looking at my Branching Out and it leans a bit to one side now and then on a regular basis. As long as it's consistent and when you pull it apart it doesn't look like a glaring error, you're OK. It will block out.

Li

1:56 AM, January 09, 2007  
Blogger Brigitte said...

I agree, it will block out!

I so need a swift... The back of a chair just isn't cutting it, especially with a kitten. Can't live without my ball winder though!

8:11 AM, January 09, 2007  
Anonymous Carrie K said...

Lace always looks like hell before it's blocked. If you're really worried about it, maybe you should knit up swatch and see how it behaves. (Yes, I know the irony of this suggestion.)

Oooooh, your present! A swift! I have got to get me one. It's just wrong to covet everyone else's this way.

5:38 PM, January 09, 2007  
Blogger Ava said...

I love my tabletop swift, but would love one like yours! When I wound my first ball of yarn, I wondered why I took so long to get one.

My sense about Silky Wool is that it will block out beautifully, but why don't you knit a swatch in lace pattern and block it before you proceed much further? (Note: I hate swatching!)

7:10 PM, January 09, 2007  
Blogger Marianne said...

I'm with the majority here, if your center truly is center...it will all block out beautifully.
Oh, I know, swift and cake-winder..I don't know what took me so long either, well, yes I do, the expense, but I remembered all those jars of 'left-over change' and decided the perfect purchase for it, heh.
Thanks for coming by!

10:47 PM, January 09, 2007  
Anonymous twig said...

I love my swift and it's not nearly as nifty as yours.

3:39 PM, January 10, 2007  
Blogger KnittyOtter said...

I have a swift and I'm still not quite ready to wind my lace weight yarn. Heh. Plus I hadb't been ready to go full out on lace weight yet. *L*

Your Branching out looks cool. I hope it works out. I have no idea.

Good luck, sweetie. :D

*OtterHuggles*

7:51 PM, January 11, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I did nothing but make yarn cakes when I first got my ball winder. :) The scarf looks like it should block out ok, but you might want to check your stitch count and make sure that is the center just to be sure as others have said. The drape of the silky wool could be what's making it look a little funny right now. Otherwise, looking good so far!

Jessica
http://zarzuelaknitsandcrochets.com/blog

6:29 AM, January 12, 2007  
Anonymous emily elizabeth said...

I agree with the above - just make sure the stitches are in order, and then the blocking will take care of the rest!

10:02 AM, January 15, 2007  
Blogger ObsessiveCompulsive Crafter said...

I love my swift! I have one just like yours. Your scarf is wonderful and I love that color.
God Bless!

2:56 PM, January 28, 2007  

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