dabbling in diy

Lever knitting Tomten

Last week I attended the Yarn Harlot‘s Knitting for Speed and Efficiency workshop put on by KnitSocial, which was a lot of fun. I left taking Stephanie’s advice to heart, that learning any new technique requires about 30 days of practice to allow muscle memory to form. She advised everyone to start a simple project like a scarf and work on it a little bit every day using the lever knitting technique.

Well I didn’t want to start a scarf. I don’t know what to do with scarves. I have never worn my lovely Noro striped scarf, and my mom, who lives in a city cold enough to use scarves has a enough scarves knitted by me that she didn’t even remember I had knit her a striped scarf too. Not to mention I am still suffering through a scarf/shawl project that will probably never end. Novelty yarns, never again.

Looking through my project queue, I realized that I have a strong penchant for seamless worked in the round projects which unfortunately are not ideal for a lever knitting practice project worked on 14″ straights. I toyed with the idea of making another EZ BSJ which would be a good lever knitting project, but in the end it hit me that DUH why not try a Tomten which was top smack at the top of my queue, added there some 5 years ago.

I have no baby in mind for it, but my friends seem to be producing them at a pretty steady rate these days so I’m sure it will eventually find a wearer. Then when I am done I will be so proficient at lever knitting and such a fast and speedy knitter that tackling an adult Tomten for DH will be a natural progression. He would like it ready by September please. I told him that will never happen. Unless we are talking September 2017?

In the meantime this is all I got. It’s going well, but my biggest struggle is with the stitches sticking to the needles instead of sliding along nicely. Having to force them along is interrupting my slow turtle rhytm. I’m trying to knit as loosely as possible, but that doesn’t seem to help. I wonder if trying to find some Addi Turbo straights would make a difference?

First few rows

My stitches are all bunched up tightly, as that is another technique to help with knitting speed, keeping stitches stacked up. And so I am off to do a few more rows.

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Comments on: "Lever knitting Tomten" (2)

  1. 30 days? Darn and I be you need to knit more than 30 sts at a time for it to work too. I am attempting to learn to knit and purl continental. It is hard, very very hard. Today was the third try, and I purled about 30 sts in my current project, before giving up, and passing the yarn back to my left hand. I think the cotton will come out on a size eight needle, for a real go at it, before very long, but for now all I can manage is a few sts at a time, good job, learning a new technique.

  2. asploded said:

    It gets easier with practice. I too taught myself continental and that is how I knit now. It’s hard to get past that initial hump though. And the longer you have been knitting, the harder it is to change your style.

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