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September 8, 2006

Yarn Guide


Hey, I don't know a purl from purslane but you don't have to be a plumber to know your faucet's leaking.

And you don't have to know which is the business end of a knitting needle to know that this device is kewl.

From the website:

    Yarn Guide

    Slip this soft little helper over your index finger, place yarn in its separated spaces and close the flap.

    It holds and guides each strand as you knit, keeping yarn from tangling when knitting with two or more colors.

    Adjusts to comfortably fit most fingers.


    1" long.


What is it with me?

The ink's not even dry on the words above and already I'm thinking about other uses for this tool.


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When I was a driving instructor I had a jumper designed to be hard to look at. Black and yellow diagonal jagged stripes. Kept the learner's eyes on the road.

Posted by: Skipweasel | Sep 11, 2006 7:50:32 AM

As an avid knitter and reader of many knitting blogs, I must agree, most knitters don't have the greatest eye. The reality of knitters is this: They are rarely fashionable. Creative, yes, but in a more analytical way. Knitting is very linear, mathematical, and somewhat repetitive. Lots of knitting enthusiasts are scientists, lawyers, accountants, doctors, writers. Rarely do designs by knitters coincide with the visually pleasing, fashionable, trendy, or even flattering knitwear you would buy in a store. It's more about the process and the discovery of new techniques than the final product, notwithstanding the fact that most women today are not model skinny enough to wear heavy knitwear well anyway. And, rarely do knitwear designers (whose work we see on the runway) actually knit. As a knitter myself, I've had a very hard time finding projects that I would actually wear, which is why I end up knitting sweaters for my husband. Nonetheless, knitters are a beautiful people.

Btw, that thing looks like it would hurt after a while. It's extremely unlikely that you would be knitting 3 colors together like that. Maybe 2 yarns of different weight and material. But if you're knitting colors it's usually intarsia, in which you switch colors, not knit them together. It's a techinique far too complex for my intermediate skills.

Posted by: jennie | Sep 8, 2006 2:49:48 PM

Ideal for the busy neuro-surgeon, keeps all those skeins of axons neatly fettled.

Posted by: Skipweasel | Sep 8, 2006 2:37:49 PM

Until a few months back, TypePad would feature a long list of recently updated blogs (now the list is shorter). A surprising number of those blogs were about knitting. Who would have thought? I visited a few of the blogs out of curiosity and came to the conclusion that people who knit and blog are color blind. There were so many hideous color combinations. The light blue with yellow combo above is only slightly better. What is really needed is a little gizmo to evaluate color choices.

Posted by: Al Christensen | Sep 8, 2006 2:07:35 PM

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