Up until the last month of so, I have loathed purling (the reverse side/stitch of knit stitch, for those of you not in the know). It seemed so slow, and more work than the knit stitch. In truth, there is more finger/hand action for me with the purl stitch. So why am I suddenly warming up to, nee, loving the purl? It’s simple – the right thickness (weight) and type of yarn. I seem to have an easy time working the purl stitch with heavier yarns, like the 5-ply, worsted, tightly-twisted QED BFL yarn from The Sanguine Gryphon (which I have mentioned a few times before, in previous posts). My fingers just seem to know what to feel for and do with a thicker yarn. So I can knit almost a whole row of 250 stitches or so without looking at my work. Why is this useful? Well, say I am watching an interesting movie that has subtitles. The more I can pay attention to the screen and not my knitting, the less of the text I’ll miss.
Oddly enough, the knit stitches still require more attention – the fingers don’t have that action of finding and knitting without my eyes as guidance. Dang.
On the dyeing-for-the-fibre-festival front, I must admit to getting tired of it already, and I still have eighteen days to finish. The weekend dye-time is good, and I have decent energy and enthusiasm for it. The weekday evenings however, are when I just want to curl up with my knitting, after a busy day of being a mother.
Did I mention how impatient I am for my time off in July…?