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Ceil
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Posted - 01/04/2007 :  5:38:24 PM  Show Profile  Visit Ceil's Homepage Send Ceil a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I just had to share. Two days ago I taught myself to rib in the round on socks, and for the first time ribbing is fun and fast! I've been working with a LH carry for about a month now, and it is wondrous. It took me a year to get around to doing it, and I've been knitting since 1964. You do the math. Anyway, I'm enjoying knitting so much more now.



Ceil

stellal
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Posted - 01/04/2007 :  6:56:49 PM  Show Profile  Visit stellal's Homepage Send stellal a Private Message  Reply with Quote
well done, and welcome to the left side.

you are right, with the right technique ribbing is fast and fun, two words i never thought i would say when i learn't over 25 years ago. I'm even contemplating a ribby cardie!



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fleegle
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Posted - 01/04/2007 :  7:00:39 PM  Show Profile  Visit fleegle's Homepage Send fleegle a Private Message  Reply with Quote
It's wonderful when nuscle memory kicks in and it becomes effortless. Alas, I still don't care much for ribbing.

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socks4all
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Posted - 01/05/2007 :  06:13:39 AM  Show Profile Send socks4all a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Now that you have the left carry down, try stranded colour knitting with a colour in each hand! Just remember to watch your gauge. Socks are a good project for this since they are by nature done in the round, are small, and don't need steeks.

If you like ribbing now, just think what seed and moss sts will be like! Becoming comfortable with a new technique is alway liberating, and well worth the effort it takes to learn.
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Posted - 01/05/2007 :  06:35:52 AM  Show Profile  Send gwtreece a Yahoo! Message Send gwtreece a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Congrats!!!!

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azblueskies
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Posted - 01/05/2007 :  07:02:40 AM  Show Profile Send azblueskies a Private Message  Reply with Quote
What is a LH carry? Is it just knitting Continental? Thanks.

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socks4all
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Posted - 01/05/2007 :  10:01:01 AM  Show Profile Send socks4all a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Azblueskies, I see a LH carry as anytime you are working with your harn held in your left hand. This could be for continental, combination, left handed throwing, left handed lever, or working with 2 colours - one in each hand. Because Ceil says that ribbing is now easier, I assumed she was not throwing or levering the yarn, and so is using either the contintental or combined method.
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Ceil
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Posted - 01/05/2007 :  11:02:49 AM  Show Profile  Visit Ceil's Homepage Send Ceil a Private Message  Reply with Quote
azblueskies & socks4all,

socks4all is right, I don't throw the yarn any more (in fact, what I was doing with my RH wasn't even throwing; I was really picking it up!) Someone also told me that the right hand/arm doesn't have to move, the left arm rotates to feed the yarn into each loop. I am finding more and more that there is some truth to this; however, a knitter doesn't want to be stiff anywhere. (I study body mapping, and this has come into play big time. I was hurting myself knitting, and now the pain is close to gone. BUT--it wasn't that way when I first switched to LH carry. I've really had to study this, and am just now finding the joy in knitting.) Anyway, I guess I've come up with combined knitting, from the books I've referred to.

And I should say that this shift began because of color-stranding. I've now seen an Internet video showing how to carry two yarns in the LH, and am eager to give that a try as well, when the situation next presents itself.

Very excited about all of this. I'm nearly done knitting the cuffs on both socks after starting just two days ago. The cuffs used to take a week!

Ceil
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azblueskies
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Posted - 01/05/2007 :  12:27:58 PM  Show Profile Send azblueskies a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I'm going to have to try this! The yarn is always in my right hand and I welcome any suggestions for making it easier and/or quicker. Thanks for posting, Ceil.

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Ceil
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Posted - 01/05/2007 :  5:26:14 PM  Show Profile  Visit Ceil's Homepage Send Ceil a Private Message  Reply with Quote
azblue,

I really think you're gonna like it. Wish I'd known about it sooner!

Ceil
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Trout Lily
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Posted - 01/05/2007 :  8:07:24 PM  Show Profile Send Trout Lily a Private Message  Reply with Quote
What is "left handed lever"?
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Trout Lily
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Posted - 01/08/2007 :  7:55:49 PM  Show Profile Send Trout Lily a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Asking again, what is "left handed lever"?
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