When I came up with the idea of creating a series of knitting tutorial videos for beginners, I hadn’t considered quite how much work there might be. However, when I sat down and scribbled a rough list of what I thought should be included and what would be counted as advanced or perhaps intermediate level knitting, it dawned on me what a mammoth undertaking this could turn out to be. To make it even more of a challenge, I really wantedto include mega knitting in the same series, because that’s what I love doing most of all.
Although mega knitting is essentially the same as conventional knitting, only using large sized needles, there are a one or two peculiarities that require some clarification. In addition, it is actually easier to see what is happening when creating jumbo-sized stitches, so it makes a great demonstration tool. Today’s presentation is the last in the current series of videos showing different methods of casting on. Although the video tutorials do show the first couple of rows after the cast on, the emphasis is on how to cast on the stitches and what it should look like at the end.
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We too have learned a great deal whilst making these videos, not least of which has been about actually creating the videos. Although we have a long, long way to go yet to become anything like professional, we shall be investing in some professional equipment in the near future, to make it even easier to see what’s happening . In the meantime, we are now preparing for the next set of lessons in the ‘Beginners Guide to Knitting’ series, which will cover a number of different stitches and when to use them.As explained in the previous post, we are pushing ahead with our plans to relocate to more suitable premises from which to run, not only the fibre arts workshops, but also to provide a more appropriate home for Llamas in the Raw, which will officially become a sanctuary for rescued and retired camelids and include its own specialist homeopathic veterinary clinic. Life is what we make it, and we have chosen to make it an eventful journey. We hope and pray that you will make the journey with us, even if from the virtual comfort of your computer or iPad or other electronic gizmo. However, we want to make it physically interactive too and we envisage holding regular fibre festivals to celebrate the fibre producing animals as well as to share knowledge on anything and everything related to natural fibre ….as well as to have some fun and make new friends along the way.
The ultimate aim is to provide a complete education programme for fibre artists from the raw fibre to the finished garment and even a bit of animal husbandry included along the journey. Please stay with us. You can subscribe to the videos and updates on this blog using the RSS feed and we will soon have a newsletter published, offering discounts toour regular members, on our expanding range of knitting, spinning and fibre related products.
Now on with show. In today’s video, we pick up a pair of 18 inch, size 35 mega knitting needles, to cast on using the cable method. Cable cast on produces one of the neatest finishes and you will discover that the firmness of the cable actually sets the width of the project.
Since this the last of the casting-on videos, we also included a little bit of extra footage, just to show that things don’t always go smoothly! Enjoy.