Knitting by Blind Faith


What’s Going On?
Monday, June 16, 2008, 10:14 pm
Filed under: Knitting,Life

Okay, so I know I’ve been eerily quiet lately, and you all are wondering what’s going on. Quite a lot, actually. I have been busy with work, and have been grateful for Knit Night and church, which are my respites from “life”.

The sock is slow going. I discovered that the sock was too big for me, even though I was achieving gauge. I switched to a size zero, and it seems to be helping, but the stiches are smaller and harder to work with if dropped.

I found a blind knitters group on Ravelry, and they have given suggestions for using lifelines, which I’m going to try. I love all my knitting friends, but you have no idea how good it feels to meet other knitters who have been known to frog projects because of a mistake they can’t fix, or who work with their stitches a little further back from the needle tips than what might be considered “normal”. It’s great to have validation and to know that I’m not the only one who does things a little differently!

On Saturday, I went over to S.’s house to continue her knitting lesson. She learned the knit stitch, and this is the swatch she was working on when I left.

Garter stitch swatch, 40 stitches by 4 rows.

We had to work on getting her to wrap the yarn correctly. I taught her to knit Continental, so she wasn’t really wrapping the yarn to see how it would go. I think she was trying to do some sort of maneuver to scoop the yarn off her index finger through the loop, like in purling, rather than dragging the loop of yarn that already lay in between the two needle tips back through the stitch on the left needle.

I did two things to rectify whatever it was that she was doing wrong. First, I showed her what each step of a knit stitch looked like, so that she could see exactly what was happening with the yarn and how the knit stitch was made. This was critical at the point where the working yarn was wrapped around the needle. I opened the stitch really wide so she could see what was going to happen next, and how the loop on the right needle was actually formed.

The second thing I had her do to bring it home was to have her do a clumsy throwing technique. I had her drop the working yarn, insert the right needle into the stitch, pick up the working yarn, wrap it around the right needle from front to back, drop it again, then bring the right needle through. Because she didn’t have to hold the working yarn, this allowed her hands to be free to take in more of what she was doing for each step of the process. This proved successful, and as you can see, she’s doing quite well. And don’t worry, we only did the clumsy throwing technique for one stitch!

RAM and I and S. and her boyfriend went out to dinner after the knitting lesson. Then, RAM and I went to see what was going on at Bike Fest. Joy did well with the crowds and loud music, but we decided to avoid them and take a nice walk.

RAM, Joy, and I walked the river walk and sat on one of the benches overlooking the river, just like on the night of our engagement. It was such a nice night!

The river walk zigzags over the river with nothing but a 2-inch high ledge on each side. It was a great exercise in my trust in Joy. She did well, but I thought at one point she was going to jump into the river after a mullet! That was a little scary, but I was impressed with how well she did, overall.

Yesterday, RAM’s parents came over to celebrate Father’s Day at our pool. We floated on rafts and played with RAM’s radio controlled boat. I also got to speak to my dad and stepdad on the phone, which was nice. I miss them terribly!

RAM and I are preparing to attend a rally tomorrow to save our public transportation. Many riders have been speaking to the commissioners and writing letters pleading with them not to cut the funding for this service. Since decisions are being made next month, tomorrow we are all rallying together to show that there is a real need for this service.

On a much more cheerful note, I found Debbie Macomber’s new Blossom Street book, Twenty Wishes, on Audible.com. Of course, I haven’t read Back on Blossom Street yet, so I’ll have to read it first before I read Twenty Wishes. It just recently came out electronically in Braille. It felt like a long wait. But, wow! The next book is out already!

It’s unfortunate that Back on Blossom Street is not on Audible. This means I can’t read and knit at the same time. :( Life is so unfair! I mean, how can one expect to read a Blossom Street book and not knit at the same time??? That’s like asking someone to go without whipped cream in their hot chocolate, or to eat cake without icing! It’s just wrong! Fortunately, Debbie Macomber’s books are so good that I can easily lose myself in them and forget that I am not knitting.


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Yeah for ravelry! How wonderful to find a support group like that! I can’t image knitting without seeing, so I have always been impressed by your work, but I can image it would be frustrating. Now you have “people” who understand and can help! Woohoo!

Comment by leah

It sure sounds like you are enjoying life. The river walk, teaching, and friends. I sure enjoy you friendship and our knit nite. See ya there. P.S. I love the Jaywalker sock you’re working on. The blues are beautiful.

Comment by Judah

It is so great to see you sharing all this talent you have developed with someone else! I am proud of you!

We had lots of fun floating on the floats and playing with the radio-controlled boat! I got some sunburn too!
Maggiemama

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