He’s a heck of a thing to see in late January, isn’t he?!
Count Dracula has nothing on us! Knitters have been sinking their teeth into creating all manner of fascinating things to wear, to display, to give as gifts, and to give away when the need arises.
What DO those mysterious knitting terms really mean? They “appear” so vague, so obscure, so this way or that. Like a gauzy film or a heavy fog, you don’t know which way to turn. Just when you think you’ve heard every one of these tricky knitting questions, here comes another one! 🙁
But, before I get to those mysterious knitting terms, let me tell you about last weekend’s blizzard. You know, I’ve lived in New Hampshire and northeast Pennsylvania; both places are about 1100 feet above sea level, so you know any snow you get is always on the high side.
So, why is it that wherever I go, the snow decides to follow! Neither one of those places got much in the way of accumulation, and NH wasn’t affected at ALL by the storm. But central New Jersey . . . give me a break! Snow totals were 18″ and counting, with some areas in excess of 24 inches. How ridiculous is this!
The wind was fierce, pushing drifts up against houses by five feet or higher; leaving almost exposed grass just feet away. That’s a blizzard for you; no real set pattern, just craziness everywhere you look. Like when we arose on Saturday morning at 7 a.m. and couldn’t see out any window because it was snowed over! Even my daughter-in-law was stuck in Houston, TX for two days, because the airports closed down. The one good thing about getting home in a hurry is, being a flight attendant (no bashing flight attendants, please) she must get back to base within 48 hours. That would be Newark, NJ.
She did finally get home at about 4:00 a.m. Monday morning.
I’m hoping that’s the end of that! Snow, I mean. But, February is just around the corner, or should I say on the other side of this weekend! And we know what THAT means!
So . . .
Getting back to questions; as a knitter you will eventually use knitting patterns for one thing or the other. Here’s a cool post I wrote last year, “Who Wants to Learn How to Follow Knitting Patterns?” You’ll start out just fine by gathering up all of your supplies, the yarn, needles, and other accessories. But, somewhere down the line you’ll encounter a phrase or word that either doesn’t make sense or you’re not quite sure what to make of it.
End With a Right-Side Row. Like that, for instance. What the HECK does that mean? Should you work the right-side row, or should you END on the right-side row? There’s that heavy fog setting in!
Answer is: COMPLETE the right-side row. Then follow the next instructions. Now, you never have to wonder again! (The same can be said for “end with a wrong-side row.”)
What does DYE LOT mean?
Just to digress, years ago I used to do home-health visits to different people who needed extra care in their homes. There was one woman who was very sprightly and sharp as a tack as she approached her ninetieth birthday. Her name was Alida, and she was originally from Missouri. The boot heel, she would say. Cotton and corn country, not at all like New Jersey.
She had been married and widowed twice, and was sitting on quite the bankroll. There really wasn’t a thing wrong with her aside from the fact that she hated being alone. So, she had someone in her house all day every day. Once in a while, I would take over for the regular girl during the day. Alida loved to talk about everything. She once told me her maiden name was Dye. This is what she said:
“I had a younger sister and all of the kids from school used to tease her. Her name was Helen and they used to say to her, ‘go to Helen Dye.'”
She was certainly the character!
But, back to DYE LOT. Every yarn label has different numbers on it, telling you ounce weight, yardage, yarn weight and dye lot. Sometimes it will actually say LOT: with a series of numbers, and sometimes there will just be letters and numbers (such as LB9081) that you will see on every skein of yarn.
Answer is: Always buy yarn of the SAME dye lot. Believe it or not, shades of colors, (even white) will vary with dye lots. You can see this by putting two skeins of yarn next to one another of different dye lot numbers. You should be able to see the difference. This subtle change in color will be seen in your knitting, too.
Depending on what you’re making, it may be just the thing you’re NOT looking for!
My pattern starts out with smaller needles, then changes to larger needles after I complete the ribbing. How do I change to larger needles?
You COULD start transferring your stitches onto larger needles, but sometimes it’s hard to slip them from a smaller needle onto a larger one. Then, of course, you’d have to do that again, because the yarn will be hanging on the wrong end of the needle. 🙂
Here’s a better way: instead of slipping stitches onto a larger needle, simply work the next row USING the larger needle. Then continue with the larger needles from that point forward. Don’t forget, though, to exchange the empty needle (which is the smaller one) for a larger needle at the end of the first row.
Ah-ha! In fact, that’s exactly what I had to do when starting the body of my newest sweater pattern featured above. It’s a VERY common thing to do and this way, it couldn’t be easier!
So, the next time you start a knitting project, you’ll have a few more “knitting secrets” in your arsenal! You’ll be able to sink your teeth into these mysterious knitting terms.
Ready, set, sink your teeth!
As always, take your knitting to heart!