Knitting Brules or Five Rules I Don’t Live By

freyja hat and snood
Loki Cowl with the Big Hair Hat

One – Wool is the only yarn worth working in. 

OK, here’s a biggie.  There are a lot of very beautiful, natural fibres around and some wonderful work by artisan hand spinners and dyers.  One can get the feeling though that the only thing worth knitting with is 100% Alpaca, spun on a mountain top by elves.  I’ve scrolled through many a comments list on blogs or Facebook page and as soon as ‘manmade fibres’ are mentioned things seem to get a bit ‘passionate’ and personal about both ‘sides’. Its obviously something that matters a lot to people.

I knit in Acrylic, sometimes in bamboo, but mostly Acrylic.  Why? Because I’m allergic to Wool and knitting with streaming eyes and itchy hands is not one bit meditative but even if I wasn’t, I also want to be able to bung what ever it is in the wash along with everything else and for it to be the same size it was when it went in.  ‘Manmade’ has come on a long way since the scratchy, crunchy fibres of old.   The yarns I select are robust, soft and glamorous, everything you’d want from a knit. They also wash well. What’s not to like?

Knit what you like with what you like is surely the important thing.  In the New year I will be looking to introduce some ‘natural fibres’ but not for any other reason than I know some people like it. No value judgement there.  On that note, if you’d like to be a product tester for this then fill in the form below and I will get back to you.  As I’ve said, I’m allergic. Actually the same goes for needles.  The best needles to knit with are the ones you like. End. Of.

Two – You shouldn’t knot yarns when changing colours / balls

I cant help it; I don’t like the thought of the whole lot somehow unravelling. I knot and weave, call it over engineering, I don’t care.  Unless you’re knitting in lace, or super form fitting fine yarn, no one is going to notice, and remember my stuff (and perhaps yours) is being bunged in the wash along with everything else, probably on a regular wash. That’s quite a hammering!

Three – One knitting method is better than another

The knitting method I favour is the one I find easiest and most relaxing.  To that end, if I’m suggesting a method and you don’t get on with and know another way, crack on.  So whether it’s ‘throwing the yarn’, ‘Continental’ knitting into the front first rather than the back, it’s fine. I’ve done my best with the tutorials, however, I know from experience it’s sometimes helpful to watch different ones.. go ahead, I’m not precious!

Four – You have to finish everything

Nope. If you’ve ever been to a bookshop, bought a book because the cover looked interesting or the write up was good in the papers and then got it home and it was just not your cup of tea, you probably just passed it on.  Same with knitting.  So all those projects you have on the go… the ones you started and got bored with but will finish one day… unravel them.  It’s a great feeling.  If you didn’t like the pattern, use the yarn for something else, if you didn’t like the yarn, give it to someone else / swap it, whatever.  you’re not 5. You can do what you want.

Five – You have to block

Yep, but only if it has to fit or be a particular shape all on it’s own. E.g. Does a Cowl have to be blocked, probably not, whereas a sweater, Yes I probably would unless I wanted it all a bit skew-wiff.


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