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Old 03-27-2013, 09:32 PM   #11
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Old 03-27-2013, 11:15 PM   #12
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Good to hear. Backwards knitting comes in very handy sometimes. E.g., for entrelac.
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Old 03-28-2013, 08:22 AM   #13
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Very interesting and cool looking socks
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Old 03-28-2013, 08:27 AM   #14
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Those are very cool looking socks and I like that you're re purposing wool too..... but backwards knitting!! That must be like trying to learn something with your eyes shut! Or at least it would for me!
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Old 03-28-2013, 10:50 AM   #15
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Originally Posted by butlersabroad View Post
..... but backwards knitting!! That must be like trying to learn something with your eyes shut! Or at least it would for me!
I've been working on this and the problem is, it's all backwards! I can do it now but I'm not comfortable with it yet. Tensioning the yarn is proving to be a challenge. I still have to concentrate on it too much to be able to do it effectively so for now I switched back to turning and purling my heels.
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Old 03-28-2013, 06:03 PM   #16
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Originally Posted by butlersabroad View Post
Those are very cool looking socks and I like that you're re purposing wool too..... but backwards knitting!! That must be like trying to learn something with your eyes shut! Or at least it would for me!
LOL. Knitting without looking is fun, too.
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Old 03-28-2013, 06:07 PM   #17
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Originally Posted by GrumpyGramma View Post
I've been working on this and the problem is, it's all backwards! I can do it now but I'm not comfortable with it yet. Tensioning the yarn is proving to be a challenge. I still have to concentrate on it too much to be able to do it effectively so for now I switched back to turning and purling my heels.
It definitely takes some practice, like anything new. If this were just plain stockinette, I'd certainly turn my work and purl. But I'm finding it a lot easier to do flat Fair Isle by knitting backwards. Once I have my tensioning worked out, I don't even have to reposition the yarn between rows.
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Well, Carol, your skills are certainly beyond mine. I really learning from you and others here. Nobody has that I'm-better-than-you-are attitude. Right now I'm pretty pleased that I turned a short row heel and had no holes to fix. I'll work on the backwards knitting again soon, my main hang up was seeing how to yank the yarn when I did my German short rows turn w/o turning. That makes sense to me, does it to you?
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Well, Carol, your skills are certainly beyond mine. I really learning from you and others here. Nobody has that I'm-better-than-you-are attitude. Right now I'm pretty pleased that I turned a short row heel and had no holes to fix. I'll work on the backwards knitting again soon, my main hang up was seeing how to yank the yarn when I did my German short rows turn w/o turning. That makes sense to me, does it to you?
Awww, thanks. I keep working on my skills to improve them, but you shoulda seen my first pair of socks! My puppy did me a favor by chewing them up.

I'm not sure what German short rows are or why that would involve yanking the yarn. I use the STH (Sweet Tomato Heel) invented by Cat Bordhi.
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Making good progress
I've flipped one sock over so y'all can see how the sole is constructed. On the left is the instep, a stranded windowpane design, and on the right is about 3 inches of sole so far.

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