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Lara Neel - The Journal Gazette
I ALWAYS match my backgrounds to my knitting - don't you?

Ravellenic Games: Day 1

I'm joining about eleventy billion knitters this year in knitting along to the Olympics.

Knitters usually choose some goal, often a "personal best" goal for this kind of knitting.

I'm taking up a style of knitting that I learned about from The Yarn Harlot back in early May. She calls it lever knitting. Others call it "production" or "Irish cottage knitting." There is a group for it on Ravelry, if you are interested.

Back then, I was smitten. I promised I would practice my new skills for at least 10 minutes every day. But, then, my love of spinning took over and those 10 minutes quickly went into spinning time.

But, I'm going to try again. Today, I cast on and knit in this new style for 10 minutes. I'm going to drag it around with me in my purse and sneak it in at odd moments.

I worked just in garter stitch today, but I will probably branch out to other stitches when I get too bored. This morning, I managed about 24 stitches per minute. My usual speed is closer to 50. In theory, this is the fastest method in the world, but, of course, you have to be good at it to be fast at it.

Long single-pointed needles are the easiest ones to use for this method. I love double-points and circulars. It is possible to use those in this way, but I want to get good at the long needles first. So, to help with that, I ordered some metal needles from ebay yesterday. They should be here early next week. We'll see if having a metal needle helps with speed and comfort on this method.

Are you doing anything special for the Ravellenic Games?