“Why do you have a small ball of yarn in the bottom of your bag?” asked Potato to Grandma.
Grandma responds, “You never throw out yarn. Ever.”
And somehow that conversation got be thinking about a random fact that I learned about a certain type of fiber. I then thought of all of the other facts about yarn and knitting that I know about – stored up there in that mind of mine. It was then that I decided, “Hey, that would make a cool blog post!” So here I am, typing up a handful of facts about knitting that some of you stitchers might find cool. Or for those of you who have never knitted before might find interesting. So I introduce to you now: 5 Fun Facts about Knitting
No one knows how old knitting actually is!
It seems like knitting has been around for forever! And funny thing is, no one really does know how old knitting is. It’s a trade that has been practiced for centuries, used for making socks, sweaters, hats, etc. Knitting is considered to have originated in the the middle eastern part of the world; yet the time period of when is still a mystery!
Knitting used to be dominated by men
That’s right! Back in the day, knitting was a men-only sport and women were not allowed to knit. Weird how we rarely see men knitting in a public setting now or even associate them with the term “knitting”. Actually, Alan Turing, a famous mathematician back in WWII who is credited with having built the first computer, was known to knit in public.
Our friends Josh and Ian crocheting
The process of knitting and computer programming are surprisingly similar! As a computer programmer, this interests me. If we allow the knitter to act as an interpreter or compiler, and the computer programmer to be the person who creates the patterns, the two are indeed very alike. We can also compare the different data structures to different needle types as well as Big-O values of codes to the time length of a pattern it would take a knitter to create and finish it. If interested more, please see Knitting and Computer Programming.
Code for finding a Euler circuit
The softest fiber in the world is… Possum?!? When visiting an alpaca farm last semester, my knitting group and I were surprised when to hear the answer of “What is the softest fiber in the world?” The owner of the alpaca farm then told us that it’s actually possum. It’s soft, silky fur can actually make great yarn. Check out fellow blogger, Kiwiyarns’ posts about Possum yarn here: Possum Yarn
Picture found on Wikipedia
The fastest knitter in the world, Miriam Tegels, can knit 118 stitches in one minute.
Oh my goodness – if I could knit this fast I would be able to knit a sweater in no time! I’d be able to finish that blanket that I’ve been working on since January in a day! But yes, Tegels has been given the title of fastest knitter in the world according to Guinness Book of World Records. Check out this YouTube video of her if you don’t believe me! Miriam Tegels Knitting
After seeing Tegels knit so fast, Grandma, Helena, and I decided – hey let’s time ourselves!
A bitter Grandma and I ended up tying – each with 25 stitches in one minute. (she is arguing that she had 26 stitches, but it was not yet on the other needle) Helena beat us both with 29 stitches in one minute. Go Helena! None of us know continental knitting, so I’d say that’s pretty good for English knitters!
Kitty’s attempt at speed knitting using the English style knitting technique
I hope everyone is doing well today! Since I was too busy to knit this weekend, Helena and Grandma have been working on some projects so I’d like to show off their work in progresses (and as for Helena – her finished projects).
I really enjoy giving back to the community and it’s always a great joy when I find ways that I can and the time to do so. I try to make room for service in my schedule and have been volunteering at a variety of places since middle school. Since I became the president of the knitting/crocheting club at my school, I have been moving the club in the service direction too. Each fundraiser now that we have has at least 20% of our profit going towards some kind of charity or we just donate knitted items to charities and places in need. The hospital in the local community asks for knitted baby hats. It’s a special, handmade gift that keeps the newborns and infants heads warm while in the hospital and the parents truly appreciate it. I have only made one baby hat so far (the fluffy one at the top) but the rest (as in all of the hats with the pom-poms attached) have been made by Helena. All of these hats are to be donated to the local hospital here by next semester.
baby hats in a variety of colors, sizes, and yarn! (credit given to Helena and Kitty)
Meanwhile, Grandma has been putting this scarf off for a while (she doesn’t like longer projects) but this scarf looks great! She’s still working on it slowly but surely. She is knitting on straight needles and implementing the herringbone stitch.
Wrong Side: Herringbone Stitch Scarf (credit given to Grandma)
Right Side: Herringbone Stitch (credit given to Grandma)
I apologize for the blurriness in the one picture of the right side of the scarf above. I need to practice my photography skills is pretty obvious.
This adorable bear pattern was created by fellow blogger, Lizzie In Stitches. He was crocheted and Lizzie has graciously put up a free pattern for all of us stitchers on her blog. I highly recommend checking it out! I have re-blogged here for you all
Sorry that the blog has been a little quiet but I have been poorly and have been focusing on a range of Amigurumi patterns. I will share my favourites in a seperate post but after a while I wanted to have a go and designing my own. This is how Barry the Bear got created.
This tiny fella is a quick and easy project. I made it with some left over cotton yarn I had hanging around but I’m pretty sure you can make him using most double knit yarns.
Double Knit cotton yarn in two colours. One for the bear colour and one for the tshirt colour. At least 30g of each
These beautiful crocheted flowers were knitted by fellow blogger, The Crocheted Butterfly. I thought some of these intricate looking flowers were just way too pretty and beautiful not to share… enjoy!
Since spring is here and many flowers have shaken off their winter inertia, I thought I should come up with a seasonally appropriate post. Plus, I just recently joined Crochet.Community (an online group) and they hold quarterly competitions where the winner is awarded $50 and a t-shirt. This current competition is, of course, flower themed. […]
I have a few posts that are overdue and this one is probably overdue by about a week. I meant to post this earlier by I’ve been so busy with honor society inductions, award ceremonies, concerts, and of course – homework. On top of that I try to have a social life as well so I took Friday and Saturday night off from my busy life to hang out with some great friends. =)
I would like to make a shout-out to our friend, Gabbi, who has knitted this stegosaurus you see here featured on this blog post. Fantastic job, Gabbi! This little guy is adorable! She got the beady little eyes from AC Moore and I want to say she used Red Heart yarn for this project (correct me, Gabbi, if I am mistaken)