Put it down before you facepalm

Testy alpaca is testy:

Knitting Alpaca is tested

(Original here, and there’s more where that came from.)


  1. canadienne »

    7 November 2011 · 10:47 pm

    You have no idea what that does to newbie lace knitters.

  2. smitty »

    8 November 2011 · 6:35 am

    Yeah, it’s rather fun.

  3. fillyjonk »

    8 November 2011 · 7:06 am

    It’s funny, because it’s true.

  4. Tatyana »

    8 November 2011 · 8:13 am

    how can you forget a yarn when knitting? what are you making these 2 rows and 300 stitches with, then?

  5. fillyjonk »

    8 November 2011 · 9:29 am

    Yarn over – you loop the yarn over your needle to make a new stitch that shows up as a little eyelet in the knitting. Common in lace knitting, very easy to forget.

    I’m guessing anything with 300 stitches and lace would have to be a shawl, unless you’re mad enough to knit a lace sweater out of very, very fine gauge yarn. (I knit a sweater out of fingering weight yarn once, not a lace sweater, but I do think I was a bit mad to do it.)

  6. Tatyana »

    8 November 2011 · 9:43 am

    Ah, I see – it’s a 2-word term where it should be a compound (yarn-over). In Russian it’s a one specific word, накид, means the same thing.

    I, too, once made a sweeter with lace designs (again, the term is somewhat misleading; lace technically is not done by knitting on needles, it’s a textile category. Russian term [derived from French, I think] for needle-knitted lace is ажур, ajour – see why it is so difficult for me to grasp American knitting terms? I gave up and don’t even try to read knitting patterns in English)
    Although the openwork was only in the front; it formed pattern of vertical branches with leaves, like vines – and yes, it was made with very thin yarn. Not 300, but probably 120-140 stitches wide. My mom loved it and wore it for many years.

  7. fillyjonk »

    8 November 2011 · 10:13 am

    There’s also allegedly a differentiation between “lace knitting” and “knitted lace,” if you really want to split terminological hairs.

  8. smitty »

    8 November 2011 · 1:01 pm

    I’m a HACKer, as in Half-Ass Crochet/Knit.

  9. canadienne »

    8 November 2011 · 10:30 pm

    Also, I love the title of this post. Facepalm plus sharp lace needles? I’m thinking of getting safety goggles.

  10. fillyjonk »

    9 November 2011 · 10:38 am

    Shhh, canadienne. Those who think they know what’s best for us will start mandating it. There is currently no “knitting police,” I don’t want for there to become one.

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