Review: Stick Play: A Beginner’s Guide to Knitting (Kindle Edition), by Ashley Anderson


I really wanted to recommend this book, but I cannot. The writer gets facts wrong, and her explanations are confusing at best.

For example, when discussing working from a chart she says: “When knitting flat, you will work the first row from right to left, and on the return you will knit left to right. Or, more simply, on odd numbered row you will be working from right to left. On even numbered rows you will be working across the chart from right to left.”*

Her first run-on sentence is actually correct, but her third sentence is wrong.

She also confuses Contentinental knitting and English knitting, among other errors. Most Americans knit Continental, which involves holding the yarn in the left hand and scooping one’s stitches. English knitting involves holding the yarn in the right hand and throwing it around the needle to make stitches.

There are many reputable beginner knitting books on the market, and I would be happy to recommend some if contacted privately. Sadly, this is not one of them.

*Anderson, Ashley (2012-06-26). Stick Play: A Beginner’s Guide to Knitting (Kindle Locations 414-415). . Kindle Edition.

Writing, Knitting, and Crocheting


Over the last few days, one of the article boards I write on has had a spate of assignments regarding knitting and crocheting.  I’ve been grabbing as many of these articles as I’m allowed to claim.

I’m finding I enjoy writing about techniques.  I’ve written articles so far on how to block an Ishbel shawl (for those not on Ravelry, here is a link to Ysolda’s Ishbel pattern, with  a lovely picture of the finished product), how to knit a folded picot edge, and how to do hyperbolic crochet (no links for the last two yet).

It’s not something I’ve ever thought about doing before, but I’m thinking that as long as I enjoy it, and as long as the site is looking for such articles, it’s a great way to hone my skills!

<em>YOSS 20111 Update:</em>  I have now finished the heel on the Spring Forward Socks.  34 rows to beginning the toe decreases; and then 20 rows to completion.  I had to rip out the second Sweet Tomato Heel yesterday, after getting two-thirds of the way through it.  The problem was not the heel, this time, but was that I had not set up the heel well enough to make the four “complete” rounds in it work with the way the pattern lined up.

Anyway, that’s about it for tonight.

 

Spring Forward Socks 1


As part of my participation in the Year of Stash Socks 2011 Challenge, I am making a pair of Spring Forward Socks, but I have modified them slightly.

The modification I did was to try Cat Bordhi’s Sweet Tomato Heel, which is a short row heel without wraps.

It’s an interesting heel — made in three segments, with two full rounds between each segment.  I’m not sure I like the look of it yet, but that may just be that I prefer things I already know to new ones.  It seems to fit nicely, but I won’t have certainty on that until the sock is finished.

I do love the undulating lace on this pattern, though!

The yarn is by an independent dyer, Keegan Lane Yarns.  The yarn is Toasty Sock BIG FOOTIES (75% wool, 25% nylon), and the colorway is “The Heat of the Day.”  And the lighting in my room does not do this justice at all.  It’s a beautiful sunny yellow/orange/roes/coral, and shows off the pattern fabulously.

I’m looking forward to getting this sock done tonight, and starting the second one either late tonight or early tomorrow.

I have been making an effort to turn out two projects (at least) each month for this challenge (a personal challenge to myself).  I have decided that I will try to come up with a sock on my own for my second project,  We’ll see if it happens.

Welcome to my world


Welcome to A Skein of Yarn (or Ten).

A bit about me:

I’m about to turn 59, and I’ve been knitting and crocheting since I was five years old.  (Mom taught me to knit; Dad taught me to crochet).  I’m also a freelance writer.

I have one of the earliest to-up sock patterns on the web, Deb’s Almost-Easy Toe-Up Socks; the current version (with a pic) is on Ravelry and at Naughty Knitterz.  The original was on Socknitters, posted in 1999.

Over the last year, I’ve been participating in the 2011 Year of Stash Socks challenge.  It’s been a lot of fun, and I have been working my way through my stash at a very pleasing rate.  Been posting pics of my projects for the challenge there and on my Ravelry page.

Doing the challenge has reminded me that one of the things on my bucket list is to become a knitting designer.  Another is to write about knitting and crocheting.  Hence, this blog.

So, welcome once again, pull up a chair, grab a mug or glass of your favorite beverage, and your yarn and needles, and join me for the ride.

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