Last week I mentioned that I’d just started knitting a fair isle cardigan on 3.25mm needles and 4-ply yarn. That’s some pretty fine work, so I figured there wouldn’t be any progress worth posting about for quite some time. Wrong! I knitted the body up to the armpits in a week. What the? How?!
As far as I can see, there are two main requirements of this level of productivity and these are 1. That you spend what feels like half your week/life on trains and 2. You grimly adopt knitting as an distraction mechanism.
It also helps that I’ve totally mastered the whole ‘holding two yarns at once’ thing. As an English-style knitter, I do it like so:
The background colour (red) wraps once, clockwise, around the pinkie finger, goes under the ring and middle finger and over the index. The foreground colour (white) wraps once, clockwise, around the ring finger, goes under the middle and over the index again. I follow these steps one after another when picking up the yarn. Then I just pick up whatever colour I need as I go along and the whole thing keeps tension pretty well.
When I sat down to describe the way I hold the yarn I realised that I’ve never actually thought about it until now. It was just what felt good at the time (fun fact! that’s my excuse for everything ever!). So don’t take this as the right way to do things, it’s just how I roll.