Sunday, March 13, 2011

Loose Purls

I've been a little bit distracted this week from my knitting.  First and foremost, my heart aches for the natural disaster in Japan.  Those who know me, know that I think of Japan as a beloved adoptive country.  When I was in High School I traveled there twice and made many friends including my host family. I also have a lot of Japanese friends from college.  If I could, I would head over there in an instant to assist with volunteer work.  I wish the Japanese people and government the best of luck, and hope they are able to get back on their feet as soon as they can.  I urge those who can to donate to the Red Cross or other relief agencies, and for those who cannot to at least keep Japan in your thoughts and prayers. がんばって日本 (translation: Ganbatte Nippon = Best of Luck, Japan).

Secondly, I want to say a quick Hi to my new followers :) Thank you for taking the time to read my blog! It means a lot to me. I try to respond to every comment/question. 

Now...on to the knitting! 

I've realized that I tend to purl looser than I knit.  Which isn't a bad thing, considering I need to loosen my tension while knitting anyway.  However, I don't like the edging when I purl.  It seems loose and I don't like it.  And since I'm still new to purling I haven't messed around with my edges I haven't tried any special stitches to do at the start and end of a row.  

I hope as I get more comfortable purling, that my tension will tighten up slightly and that my edges will look better.  

Last post, someone asked me if I was using Clover bamboo needles in the picture I posted. Yes, I am :) Good eyes! Currently I only owe two pairs of bamboo needles. One is Clover (the size 6s) and the other is HKS (size 13).  Then I have a few assorted metal ones that I was given. I also have a size 7, 40" Addi Turbo circular needles.  I haven't been knitting long enough to get a preference for brands...right now I'm going for affordable.  

I'm also currently trying to find a project bag to keep my projects in while working on them. Right now I'm using a tote bag, but it doesn't have a flat bottom and it's not very large.  


  1. A bit more practise and you'll get there with the purling :) Sounds like you're doing really well though.

    I hae several tote bags that I use for projects...I have a few projects on the go at once so that I can flit between them all...I think it's because I just get soo excited baout using new yarn and casting on!


  2. Thank you :D It is getting easier, although I find myelf still stumbling with the first two purl stitches. But i'm definitely not dropping any like I was when I first started.

    New yarn is definitely exciting! I'm still not sure yet if I'm going to have multiple projects going at once, or tackle one obstacle at a time. I imagine if I start anything huuuuuuge like an afghan I will probably have a couple of smaller projects going.

    And with that said, it reminds me I need to start my mom's scarf lol


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