Zimmerman's sewn bind-off
I always struggle a bit with my bind-offs. Sometimes it's too loose and floppy, sometimes it's too tight. And if I am lucky, I am spot on and my bind-off edge is just right!
Most of the time, though, my bind-off is too tight and I try to loosen it up by binding off with a larger needle than the needle I am working with. If I am working on a piece with needle US#7, I will bind-off with needle US#9.
All in all, I am always fighting with my bind-off. Remember my blog post way back when in which I wonder if there is a stretchy bind-off technique?
A couple of knitters advised me to use Elizabeth Zimmerman's sewn bind-off technique and today I finally tried it!
Knitting without tears
Legendary Elizabeth Zimmerman claims to have invented the sewn bind-off technique and she writes about it in her book "Knitting without tears".
I've read about Zimmerman's sewn bind-off technique on several blogs on the net and a lot of master knitters have recommended it to me. Fortunately, I own "Knitting without tears" and sure enough on page 23 Zimmerman explains her "Sewn Casting off".
Although Zimmerman does a fantastic job explaining her brilliant technique, a video tutorial I found on youtube helps the imagination.
I have tried this technique today and I am wondering... why didn't I try this earlier. I love it. I love Elizabeth Zimmerman. What a great lady, I want to hug her.
My bind-off edge looks neat and not sloppy. Most importantly, it's stretchy!
Here are a couple of links regarding stretchy bind-offs:
Do you have a favorite bind-off technique? Share so that we all can benefit from it!
The Holiday Season
I went to Union Square the other day and was so surprised to see that the Holiday Market already was in full swing. Does time fly, or what?
To my American readers: are you ready for Thanksgiving? I am proud to say I already did all of my Thanksgiving groceries and I am so ready.
Bring it on, I say.
This Wednesday, me and my husband will go to Central Park to watch the preparations of the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade. We will watch the huge balloons being blown up, I can hardly wait.
As always, you will be there right with me!
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