Lost Arts studio

A lot of the fiber arts I enjoy are things like tatting, netmaking, chair caning, and even weaving, where people will come up to me when I demonstrate and solemnly tell me, "That's a lost art."

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21 September 2007

Stuff in the Mailbox

It's always fun to get stuff in your mailbox, if the stuff isn't bills or advertisements for water softeners. Today I got a check for $5, a $10 Barnes & Noble card, and look! A knitting frame from CinDWoodcrafts!

Four years ago now, I came home from the Michigan Fiber Festival with the idea of a knitting frame burning a hole in my brain.

First I converted my old metal potholder loom into one, then I designed and (with major basement workshop help from my dad) built my own.

I joined several Yahoo groups on the subject, and eventually started my own. (Which is really quiet right now -- somebody post something!)

In January of 2005, as a New Year's present to the group, I posted a scan of a drawing I had made of different ways to wrap a double rake knitting frame.

Since then, that drawing has been used all over the USA and in other countries. It just boggles me. I've received many requests from people to use it in classes or to hand out with knitting frames, and I'm usually thrilled to give permission.

If you buy a knitting frame from Cindy and my drawing is in there, she asked for and received permission to use it. I appreciate her asking.

The purple-y waffle scarf below the knitting frame is the needle version of the knitted fabric produced on a double rake.

(That is, Cast on in multiples of 4. Two stitches form the front layer. The other two form the back layer.

Important: the yarn passes between the tips of the needles after every stitch.

K1, P1, slip one with yarn in back, slip one with yarn in front. Repeat until hands
fall off.)

And yes, [rolls eyes] knitting made on a frame is "real knitting". Bless your little heart, did you really say that to someone? Lean on in here, darlin', so Alwen can dope-slap you.

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Blogger Cindy said...

LOL! I have a ton of looms and boards. I was doing all my knitting that way until I finally got proficient on needles last year. Now I can't remember the last time I touched my boards!

I always hated it when people would say it wasn't "real knitting." After all, it's just a different way to hold the stitches. Nothing particularly strange about it when you think of it that way. And for folks with joint problems, it's sometimes the only way they can knit comfortably.

Having double-knit on both needles and boards, I'd say boards are a lot easier on the hands and produce the same material in the end. Gauge is more difficult to adjust, though, but it's all doable. :)

If ya can't reach some of those folks for the dope-slap, maybe I can help! LOL

5:08 PM  
Blogger Beth said...

How awesome that a gift to your little group turned into a gift to a whole universe of knitters! That must feel really wonderful! See, I should get a knitting frame, that would be fun and it probably wouldn't aggravate my tendonitis.

3:40 PM  

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