Thursday, March 06, 2008

Video of Gansey Needles with Knitting Sheath

Gansey needles are a very powerful if somewhat specialized knitting tool. However, gansey needles are the tool to knit a gansey without ruining your wrists.

Again, this is just a first try at a video clip. I will do this again and again until I get it right.


video

Again, my hands are all beat up from pruning all morning. Sorry no pretty models.

Here is a shorter clip showing finger and needle movements.

video

8 comments:

knittenlady said...

These videos are terrific! Thanks for creating them and putting them on your blog. I'm curious to try using a knitting sheath with the long d.p. needles for some fair isle knitting.

Lynn said...

Thank you, thank you for posting all this! I've wanted to teach myself to knit this way but couldn't quite figure it out (I have a French friend who uses the same or similar finger motion but without supporting her needle).

Found your blog via Ravelry....

Isabel said...

yep, gotcha thru ravelry...I love the look of the gansey. It is my favorite sweater...even the simplest ones are good for the eyes of the soul and comfy and practical, etc, etc.
thanks for addressing the ergonomics of knitting!

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Karenna said...

Now I have it! Resting the right arm on the needle really helps. Much more flex than I had been giving it. Thank you.

Alexander said...

It took me two nights burning the midnight oil to get this down...
I made my own DPN's from spring steel, and this is the way to go in knitting....
I started a Gansey with 5ply Gansey wool and I love every minute of it. I am an active long distance cruiser sailor and I am always hurting for good warm and weather proof fisherman sweathers.
I think I am the only person in Ireland who knits with a knitting sheath :-)
All teh best from Dublin, Ireland

Sabine said...

Lovely video! Now I have to find a way to use long DPNs in "combined knitting" - yarn in left hand...

Aaron said...

It is pretty much the same. By the end of a day long class, I can have everybody doing Fair Isle and other Stranded knitting with a yarn in each hand. It is the only reasonable way to do "weaving" and speckled knitting.