Monday, May 31, 2010

Treasuring my Purls

Up until the last month of so, I have loathed purling (the reverse side/stitch of knit stitch, for those of you not in the know).  It seemed so slow, and more work than the knit stitch.  In truth, there is more finger/hand action for me with the purl stitch.  So why am I suddenly warming up to, nee, loving the purl?  It's simple - the right thickness (weight) and type of yarn.  I seem to have an easy time working the purl stitch with heavier yarns, like the 5-ply, worsted, tightly-twisted QED BFL yarn from The Sanguine Gryphon (which I have mentioned a few times before, in previous posts).  My fingers just seem to know what to feel for and do with a thicker yarn.  So I can knit almost a whole row of 250 stitches or so without looking at my work.  Why is this useful?  Well, say I am watching an interesting movie that has subtitles.  The more I can pay attention to the screen and not my knitting, the less of the text I'll miss.

Oddly enough, the knit stitches still require more attention - the fingers don't have that action of finding and knitting without my eyes as guidance.  Dang.

On the dyeing-for-the-fibre-festival front, I must admit to getting tired of it already, and I still have eighteen days to finish.  The weekend dye-time is good, and I have decent energy and enthusiasm for it.  The weekday evenings however, are when I just want to curl up with my knitting, after a busy day of being a mother.

Did I mention how impatient I am for my time off in July...?


  1. I love purling! For me it's way faster than knitting - almost twice as fast. Maybe because I'm a lefty? I'm a puller, not a thrower.

    Well hang in there with the dyeing. It will all be worth it when thousands of fans gush over the gorgeous colours and you go home with no stock left.


  2. thousands of fans? we can only hope!