In Tuesday's post, I mentioned that my knitting belt would invariably be among the items in my project bag. I don't use it everyday, but it is essential for anything I knit on DPNs.
I am most comfortable knitting on straight needles -- the longer the better -- and avoid using circulars whenever possible (almost always). I normally anchor the right needle of a single-point pair in my "lap," throw my yarn with my right hand, and work the stitches with my left-hand needle.
If I knit on DPNs, the knitting belt comes into play as a place to anchor the right-hand needle. Before I bought the knitting belt, I'd use my clothing to anchor the needle -- not very well, most times, and I'd often end up with a holey shirt, too! I don't usually even put the belt on and buckle it, I just rest it in my lap.
You can understand why I avoid circs, as there is no "end" to anchor. I feel loosey-goosey and completely out of control when I knit on circulars!
I bought my knitting belt a few years ago from Journeyman Leather in Shetland.
(What I'd really like next is a knitting sheath!)
You can read more here:
- Knitting Sheaths & Belts
- Knitting Belts by Hazel Tindall (and video here)
- Technique Thursday - Knitting Belts by Ysolda Teague
It is worth a googling -- "knitting belt" -- for web pages, images, and videos. You'll also find references to speed and production knitting.
- Knitting for Speed & Efficiency by Felicia Lo (sweetgeorgia)
- Stephanie Pearl McPhee/The Yarn Harlot teaches the class called Knitting for Speed & Efficiency (as referenced in Felicia's post, above) and, while I haven't personally taken it, I definitely would... it's worth keeping an eye on Stephanie's schedule for upcoming events