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Songbirdy
02-23-2009, 12:01 AM
Okay, so I'm not so hip... but I sat down tonight as I finished off yet another project.

I'm looking around me and realizing that after 7 years of steady knitting I now knit fast.

And I'm finishing projects. Most aren't making it to Ravelry. Something about rechargeable batteries and cameras ;)



Anyhow, it got me to thinking... does anyone know how they time the "world's fastest knitter" ?

My husband and I timed me the other night and I know she was over 100 sts per minute and I am not of that caliber but...

I was curious what/how they did that.


Oh, and my husband has this thing lately that he tries to estimate how many stitches are in various projects. I've knit over 500,000 stitches over the last month [not calendar, the last 30 days]. I don't say that to brag... it seriously astonishes me!

Marria
02-23-2009, 12:36 AM
I don't know how they time it, but it sounds like you need a Knit-meter! :) (Click on the one in my signature to go to the website and get your own.)

Woodi
02-23-2009, 07:22 AM
Sorry, no answer for the timer, but I am impressed with all your knitting! Kudos to you on that!

and how are your muscles holding out? Do you get stiff in the neck or shoulders? I always do. What, if anything, do you do to alleviate this?

I need a set of exercises to smooth out my 'knitting muscles' cuz I love to knit tooooo much! (I'm 61 and have bits of arthritis here and there, and I try to convince myself that knitting is good for it).

btw: I'm in Ontario too, near Perth.

Songbirdy
02-23-2009, 09:47 AM
Woodi,

I taught myself Contiental a few winters ago and find I don't have tons of issues with sore arms or shoulders.

I do have the frozen shoulder, but that is because I have this dumb habit of sleeping with my arm tucked under my head.

The one thing I do get is a really sore elbow because my knitting chair's arm has a wooden bit at just the wrong spot.


Anyhow, what I do is use those magic bags. Works wonders. Brew up a cup of something warm, microwave the bag a bit and off I go.

Yes, knitting is good for arthritis. Another thing you might want to try are parafin wax applications. [I used to work Restorative Care in the Long Term Care home]. If you can dip the 'affected' part in the wax after cleaning it carefully. Leave the wax on for about 15 mins. Be aware it heats up a lot, do NOT put on lotion first as you can actually burn yourself doing this.

If you can't dip, use a basting brush and apply it that way.

Songbirdy
02-23-2009, 09:48 AM
Oh, and I used to live in Sebringville (in between Mitchell and Stratford).

Now I live further south.

Freyja
02-23-2009, 11:37 AM
Fastest Knitting Speed = stocking stitch across a row of 60 stitches, using 4mm (UK8) needles and DK yarn.
Check your speed (for 3 mins.)
Highest score so far is 255 stitches.:passedout:

Songbirdy
02-23-2009, 11:41 AM
Thanks Freyja! If figured there had to be some standardization!

:lol: I don't know if I'm ready to set up my 'test' yet. So that would mean you'd have to purl the return rows, right?

Freyja
02-23-2009, 06:47 PM
For the world record, I belief I read, she had 120 stitches on her needles.
Not sure where I saw or read this.
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There are more interviews and demos on speed knitting from knitpicks.