Wednesday, July 10, 2013
Our wonderful Fair Isle knitting lesson this morning. This is a photo of the back of our instructor's vest. Which colors to choose? Some lovely peerie (little) project ideas that the Shetland knitters brought as color and design samples. Using a Shetland knitting belt: Loosely weave in a "pulling chord" through the already knitted end of the piece. This will be used to attach the knitting to the knitting belt. This is designed to give the knitting tension while being knit. Pull the chord in such a way as to look like the photo. (Let me know how it goes!) Attach it and thus the already knitted end of your piece to the opposite side of the belt: Position the belt with all the tiny openings on your waist. From what I can see it is to be positioned n the side of the hand you write with. place 1 knitting needle into one of the holes of the knitting belt. There are lots of holes to choose from. Pick one that feel comfortable to you. The belt is full of some material, horsehair I think, to hold your needle in place. Using this belt allows the knitter to stand and knit more easily, supposedly with only one hand, while allowing you to work the croft (farm), collect peat, or raise your children with the other! We hope to watch someone from the Shetland Spinners and Knitters Guild use one on Saturday. It's funny because in the knitting shops we noticed there are many very long double pointed needles for sale. We thought that very odd. "Where are the "regular" needles", we wondered. Well now we know. These needles, which are called pins, are used with this still popular belt.