Monday, September 25, 2006



While knitting a future ball band seat-belt cozy on the F train this morning, an older woman sitting across from me asked me what I was making and commented to her husband that she liked the colors. I was using two cones of Peaches 'n' Cream and my yarn kept getting tangled. When she got of the train, she came over to me and said that I should use staws before I start next time and then left. I had absolutely no idea what she was talking about until the next time my yarn got tangled. I haven't tried this yet (it was about 10 minutes ago), but I will definitely give it a shot on the next project. Don't know if it will work, but I thought I would share. Thank you nice lady!

what exactly are you suppose to do with the straws?
Do you string the yarn through the straws before you start to knit? It's the only way I can think of to use straws.

Explain, please! :)
I'm thinking that the straws may help prevent the yarn from tangling. I've seen them used on the strings on kid's pull-toys for the same purpose.
When I was doing loom knitting, I would use the barrel of a pen. You just string the yarn through, and it stays untangled a little easier. Also, if you know how to loom knit, the barrel/straw/shuttlecock type tool helps in wrapping the yarn around the pegs. Also, if you used the barrel of a pen, it's sturdier than a straw.
That's what I assumed she meant to do, although it took me a while to piece it together. It was a cryptic message and a crowded train. Pull the yarn through the straws before casting on, and that will keep them from getting tangled. I haven't tried it yet, but it makes sense. I'll give it a shot on the next ballband I cast on. Hope it works!
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