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Friday, November 9, 2012

Episode 109 Debunking a Knitting Urban Myth

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Ellison Bay Shawlette
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Pipeliner Notes

My designs that are on Ravelry are now in the shopkeepers program through Ravelry so shops can sell the digital version.   Thanks to a listener/shopowner who gave me the nudge I needed to do that.

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Nature Notes

Set our clocks back on Sunday.  I like falling back better than springing forward.  I don’t spring forward very well at all. Sunrises are magnificent!  Like a gradient yarn from orange to pink to purple to gray.  I watched a hawk circling over the top of the woods.

Nobody loves a good rant about turkeys are much as Pipeliners.  There has not been a sighting of Franklin the Wild Turkey lately but I did read an interesting article about the comeback of wild turkeys.

The one red leaf, the last of its clan,
That dances as often as dance it can,
Hanging so light, and hanging so high,
On the topmost twig that looks up at the sky.
~Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Needle Notes

Little Colonnade by Westknits
Be sure to use lifelines!  The lace is very simple but fixing a mistake can be a nightmare.


I used Miss Babs Yummy in the Deep Sea Jellyfish colorway.


The Blethering Room

I have heard on several podcasts over the past 4 years or so that knitting a pair of socks as much knitting as a sweater.  I think the person who started this idea was probably was trying to make the point that socks are more work than people think; however, I think others took this literally and have repeated it.  It is not true.

I estimate that an average pair of socks has about 23,000 stitches (based on 64 st per row).

I estimate that an average sweater with a 40” circumference has 49,000 stitches.

Time factor:

Socks have little prep work. 

Sweaters do require gauge swatches, sometimes multiple swatches that should be washed and blocked.  In general more planning is required.

Socks have very little finishing work.  Usually just tail at the beginning to weave in and a tail at the end.  Sweaters often have a lot of finishing work.  Even a seamless sweater generally has multiple ends to weave in, kitchener stitch on the underarms.

Actual knitting time:

I can knit one sock in a day.  And these were not vanilla socks.  Can you knit half a sweater in a day?

I’ve done a man-sized sweater from start to finish between Thanksgiving and Christmas…a period of about 3 to 4 weeks but with other things going on.  Even if I worked exclusively on that project it would take at least 2 to 3 weeks.

I look forward to hearing your feedback but only if you agree with me!  ;)  Not really.

Are there other knitting urban myths out there?  We know that there are a lot of misunderstandings about knitting from non-knitters but I’m talking about myths perpetuated within the knitting community. 

In the Pipeline

Knitloon share that there is a PBS app for iPad and that I could watch Call the Midwife via the app. I downloaded the app but have not used it yet but it sounds great.

Why am I boycotting buying e-books from Barnes and Noble?  (no longer have a Kindle)

1. cost of books has escalated to a point that I can no longer justify the cost. 

2. Barnes and Noble use book lending as a selling point but only certain books are lendable.  These are usually the free or cheap books and have never been the ones I want to loan.  I have never had the option of loaning a book that I have paid $10 or more for.

Have a great week.  Haste ye back and Hold your knitting close.

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Susan B. Anderson said...

Dear Paula,
Thank YOU for not blackballing me as a designer for calling my shawl a shawlette:)

(you made me burst out laughing again today on my run, which is always a very good thing. you are so funny.)

xo, susan

Auntea said...

I enjoyed another wonderful episode, thanks Paula.
Just finished reading the article on the turkeys. We sure have a bunch of them here in Will County.
I rarely buy a book for my ereader any more for the same reason. I planned on getting a cozy knitting mystery this week and found it was $12.99. No savings at all over the paperback version.
As for shawls vs. shawlettes, my sister says that sounds too old fashioned and calls the shawlette I made her a wrap. Que sera sera

Lee Bernstein said...


I loved this podcast so much. I, too, have heard many a knitter say that knitting a pair of socks is more effort than a sweater, and all I can say is: I've knit many a pair of socks with little effort (except perhaps for the first pair), and every pair has fit perfectly.

Sweaters? Not so much. It takes more time, it takes a greater understanding of how to properly fit a garment, and it usually takes a much greater monetary investment, not to mention patience and prayer.

As a side note: On my blog, I once joked about the endless knitting involved in a pair of socks for my husband. He wears size 13EE shoes.

I said something along the lines of: if people could see the same pair of socks knit in worsted weight yarn and larger needles, the size would be about the same as a football stadium cozy!

GREAT podcast, and thanks for doing the math.

I hope I'll have the opportunity to hear you debunk other myths in the future.

Knit on!

Martha said...

Hi Paula,

Jan, Lisa and I listened together to your podcast on Sunday. As Lee said, thanks for doing the math. I sort of thought this can't be true, but you busted a big knitting myth. Your colonade is beautiful. Wore my Piper's Journey and Hyla Brook this weekend and got asked for the pattern name many times. Saw about 8 wild turkeys in an apartment complex on my way to work on Monday. Much better to see them there than on a platter.

Thanks for the show and notes. As always, love to listen.


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