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Old 05-06-2013, 07:34 PM   #21
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There's a nifty trick for getting a sensible length of yarn with LT. Use two skeins! You can also use both ends of one skein so whatever works for you. This works great when you need to cast on a lot of stitches.

Here's a couple videos.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=blSx_FQ_hHY
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YC7UtQWcrY0

This one is just as effective, but is slightly different
http://cocoknits.com/journal/tips-an...-long-tail-co/

I do it without a knot as one video shows, but either way works. I cut the yarn over my thumb when I'm done, but I wouldn't cut it as short as the woman in the video. I like enough to weave in.
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Old 05-06-2013, 07:45 PM   #22
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Wow! - look what happened while I was asleep!
:-)
What a fascinating thread this is: I thank you all.
Back to the beginning: yes, I use the yarn wrapped around the fingers of my right hand, so it's definitely English. Hardly surprising: when I was growing up, everything Australian was English, basically. I don't recall the point at which we suddenly did a quantum leap and abandoned that with which we'd been raised, and became Yankophiles, copying everything you guys do.
Particularly interested in DogCatMom's abhorrence of long-tail CO. One of the reasons it took me so long to get going on my monstrous beautiful project is that I kept trying it, and kept NOT achieving a sensible length of wool to be woven in, eventually, as the end. "About a foot for every 20 stitches", the video says: b*llsh*t. (See how thoughtful I am of others' sensibilities?) I tried a foot and a half, a foot and a quarter, a foot and three-quarters, two feet ... made no diff.: I NEVER ended up with a leftover end of a practical length. Which is why I said a couple of nasty things about it and returned to my normal style of CO.
I doubt I wind the wool correctly around my fingers, for using anything with a metallic thread is impossible, as it twists beyond belief. But, as with the spastic way I crochet, I've decided I'm far too old to change, and it works, anyway.
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That'll larn ya ta go ta sleep.

Congratulations! You knit the right way!

I have trouble with the length of tail left with the LTCO too, sometimes I decide to just go with a cable cast on.
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Old 05-06-2013, 07:47 PM   #23
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Jan, I don't have a smartphone.
I would dearly like to see those two videos you mention first, but getting to view 'em on my PC is ... ahh ... difficult. They're, like, WEENY, when they do eventually turn up, and quite unwatchable by a grumpy old fart. :-\
Do you have those links as ordinary YouTube links, please?
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So, GG: you don't sleep?
Lemme think: what is it that doesn't sleep ...? - ah yes: the homunculus, invented by Paracelsus.
Heh heh ...
And if you're making snide reference to the fact that I am in the antipodes and thus living on my head, which probably requires me to sleep more, I'll let you believe that.
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Originally Posted by Marg1e View Post
Jan, I don't have a smartphone.
I would dearly like to see those two videos you mention first, but getting to view 'em on my PC is ... ahh ... difficult. They're, like, WEENY, when they do eventually turn up, and quite unwatchable by a grumpy old fart. :-\
Do you have those links as ordinary YouTube links, please?

Thanks, I noticed I had the same problem but haven't yet figured out how to make them play.

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So tell me, why wouldn't I be standing on my head and not you?
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Well, GG: as to which one of us is the wrong way up ...
“What if I should fall right through the centre of the earth... oh, and come out the other side, where people walk upside down.” That's what Alice asked herself as she fell, endlessly, down the rabbit hole.
And Carroll/Dodgson wrote that line for her because it was a commonly-held misconception (to put it mildly!) that such was the case!
I like to pretend to maintain the fiction, that's all.
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Sorry, I was on my iPad and I forgot. I've fixed them from my computer.
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Originally Posted by Jan in CA View Post
Sorry, I was on my iPad and I forgot. I've fixed them from my computer.
Thank you, Jan. I know I've seen that method mentioned here before but I never think of it when I need it. Since I watched the videos, maybe I'll remember.

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Well, GG: as to which one of us is the wrong way up ...
“What if I should fall right through the centre of the earth... oh, and come out the other side, where people walk upside down.” That's what Alice asked herself as she fell, endlessly, down the rabbit hole.
And Carroll/Dodgson wrote that line for her because it was a commonly-held misconception (to put it mildly!) that such was the case!
I like to pretend to maintain the fiction, that's all.
OK, maintain your fiction, I know you really have Velcro on your feet. Sheesh.
I try to maintain a delusion of privacy myself.
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Thanks, Jan - but neither of 'em does it for me, after all. I'll stick with the stills, which are extremely useful.
But am grateful for your trouble, truly!
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Stills are helpful, I agree. if I come across one for this method I'll post it.

I only do this method when I need to cast on a lot of stitches. Otherwise I usually come close to having the tail right. Years of practice I guess. I mostly use worsted weight, too. Other weights will change the length you need or each 10 stitches.
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