Monday, September 25, 2006

 

Straws...

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!

Comments:
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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