Sunday, 25 February 2018

Pixelated Pullover: Continued

Knitting my Pixelated Pullover

Yes, yes, it's still going.

It's been two years since I nearly finished my Pixelated Pullover the first time round and right now I am exactly where I was back then. I have reached the end of the body now, but need to try it on and check to make sure. I somehow suspect I knitted it too long, actually, in which case I will rip back a little bit before starting the ribbing. I don't care how much longer it takes - I want to get it right!

Right now I am aiming to finish this jumper by my birthday in late April when I will be celebrating at the seaside and may well need a warm jumper. You never know what the weather will be like at that time of the year. (Actually, I need it right now because even though it is nice and sunny lately, it is also absolutely freezing.)

As you can see from the photo, the sleeves are still missing. They will be fairly quick to knit, so it really shouldn't take me too long to get this done. Of course I will be procrastinating...

What do you do when you work on something that's been going for ages? Do you just want to get it done or do you want to make sure it is absolutely perfect first? Let me know!

Sunday, 4 February 2018

Tempted by Portuguese Knitting

Portuguese knitting technique

Being busy knitting my jumper doesn't stop me from looking around, thinking about what I am going to do next. Today my fingers are itching to do some spinning on my beautiful IST Turkish spindle, but it's going to be a busy day and I suspect I won't get to spin. I really need to wash my knitted socks instead. Ah, chores!

Something I'd like to try one day, I realised, is Portuguese knitting. Have you given it a go yet? I think it would be particularly useful for my Pixelated pullover, the one I am working on right now. When I get to the stranded knitting sections, my yarns always get tangled, no matter how hard I try. Another advantage of the Portuguese technique would be that I don't need to hold on to the yarn so carefully. Goodbye death grip!

Having watched some video tutorials, I think it will be hard to get my head around knit stitches, but purling seems to be really quick and easy. (Check Youtube for lots of tutorials.)

I am also curious about whether this technique makes knitting faster. I knit Continental style, so it is already faster than English knitting, but would Portuguese knitting increase my speed even more due to the smaller motions? If you've given it a try, please let me know. 

Are you toying with the idea of trying something new at the moment? What's tempting you and why are you keen to try it?