July 26th, 2017
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posted by [personal profile] killing_rose in [community profile] knitting at 05:29pm on 26/07/2017
So I am currently working on the Wonder Woman wrap (http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/wonder-woman-wrap) that's been making the rounds. It's a solidly written pattern. I do freely admit that I am only partially using the pattern; making substitutions and changes is my prerogative and also something that I do on most projects because I can't work with fingering and thus have to make changes to almost any pattern.*

It's also fairly easy, relying on garter, M1, and kfb for most of the shaping. The points of the Ws are made by double decrease. However, it does use short rows. This is, apparently, a reason many people I know do not want to make it.

This is like my at least fifth short row project in a year. I really love short rows. I was, thus, exceptionally confused a couple months ago when someone at the knitting table said, "I don't do short rows. They're difficult and fiddly and I don't like them."

So I poked at them to explain this. And this is when I discovered that this person was under the assumption that there's only one technique for short rows. Guys, here is where I admit: every person I know who likes short rows has their own personal favorite technique. But most people who have met short rows and run away screaming have never said, "I hate this technique, but maybe I won't hate another technique." Mostly because there are like five different ways to do it, but since they evolved in different places, not everyone's heard of them. So, this is me, giving resources in case you want to knit the above project (or a different one) and you just really cannot bring yourself to like short rows.

I loathe wrap and turn with every fiber of my being. It doesn't work for me. It just doesn't. My first couple projects used the yarnover technique. Unfortunately, this doesn't work for all projects. So the first project I made that used wrap and turn I dropped in a heap and said, "NOPE" at very loudly. And then I got a book from the library and studied all the different options to try and figure out what might work for my brain.

And when I found one that worked for me, I hung out at the knitting table, checked my phone a couple dozen times to make sure I was doing it right, and clung to it like it was the best thing ever. Now, I use that particular technique any time there's a short row project I'm doing. It saves my sanity. (It also means I've never had to use safety pins in my work; there was a project where I may have, in frustration, snarled out the words who the hell thought that the Japanese short row technique was the fastest technique on the planet and or their favorite. However, there are people who do so, and this is fine. [When I am not being introduced to new and fun ways to torture my brain mid-project setup. I am not at my best mid-project setup.])

For me, German short rows are my very favorite thing. This is a good tutorial for them: http://www.lamaisonrililie.com/knittingtherapy/german-short-rows

This is a good instruction for wrap and turn: http://knotions.com/techniques/how-to-knit-short-rows/

This is a free class by the author whose book saved my sanity: https://www.craftsy.com/knitting/classes/short-rows/35255

And this is the book in question: https://www.amazon.com/Short-Row-Knits-Workshop-Learn-as-You-Knit/dp/0804186340/ref=cm_cr_arp_d_product_top?ie=UTF8

As an important note, for patterns like the Wonder Woman wrap, where they use w&t, you knit the stitch you're supposed to wrap, flip around to the other side, and do the german short row technique on that side.

So, what's your opinion on short rows? Or Wonder Woman? Or both? :)


*This is, I note, not a "I don't like fingering" but "I have two projects in fingering right now, and even on size five or six needles (let's not talk about the idiocy of the size 4 project), it still makes my poor, abused hands [thank you chronic illnesses] make me nauseated and need more pain meds." But some yarn is really pretty, so I do about three projects a year in fingering and the rest in medium, chunky, or bulky yarns.
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posted by [personal profile] sacredporn in [community profile] dailyprompt at 12:35pm on 26/07/2017 under
Today's prompt is "heat wave".
July 24th, 2017
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July 23rd, 2017
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posted by [personal profile] brewsternorth in [community profile] dailyprompt at 01:24pm on 23/07/2017 under
Today's prompt is "bearing witness".
July 22nd, 2017
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posted by [personal profile] sacredporn in [community profile] dailyprompt at 09:58pm on 22/07/2017 under
Today's prompt is "shelter".
July 21st, 2017
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posted by [personal profile] sacredporn in [community profile] dailyprompt at 11:15pm on 21/07/2017 under
Today's prompt is "nothing lasts forever".
July 20th, 2017
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posted by [personal profile] sacredporn in [community profile] dailyprompt at 08:12pm on 20/07/2017 under
Today's prompt is "leaving this place behind".
July 19th, 2017
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posted by [personal profile] sacredporn in [community profile] dailyprompt at 12:30pm on 19/07/2017 under
Today's prompt is "that's not what you said".
July 16th, 2017
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posted by [personal profile] brewsternorth in [community profile] dailyprompt at 01:21pm on 16/07/2017 under
Today's prompt is "the key to the woods".
July 15th, 2017
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posted by [personal profile] sacredporn in [community profile] dailyprompt at 01:36am on 15/07/2017 under
Today's prompt is "making a choice".
July 14th, 2017
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posted by [personal profile] sacredporn in [community profile] dailyprompt at 12:03am on 14/07/2017 under
Today's prompt is "so how have you been?"

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