This was originally posted at the original blog, which has come back up long enough for me to save this!
Have you ever knit something, and not seen it until it was complete? No, I’m not talking about a knitting machine with a sheet over it. I’m talking about knitting blindfolded.
I guess it doesn’t have to be a blindfold. You could probably do it under a blanket or just with your eyes closed. But the temptation to peek is quite overwhelming. Because I wanted to take no chances, I had my sister blindfold me.
I haven’t the slightest idea why I wanted to be surprised, but I did. And I was.
The only thing I knew was that I’d be knitting on size 8 needles and that I was aiming to pull out yarns that felt like worsted weight.
I knew that I wanted to knit something that could be done in one sitting, so I went with a K2P2 ribbed rectangle that I could later sew up into a really basic fingerless mitt. Sizing while blindfolded is a pain in the rump, but since I knew my gauge with the needles well and had a hat nearby that I’d knit to the same gauge, I was able to estimate things.
For two whole hours I knit blindfolded. I don’t know why it took two hours to knit what turned out to be 30 rows on 28 stitches, but it did. After a while you stop noticing the fact that there’s nothing to look at. Or at least that’s how it worked for me.
When I finally felt it was long enough, I then had to bind off in pattern. Binding off can be tricky even when you can see what you are doing. Blindfolded? Let’s just say it takes a while and some definite concentration.
I then finished off, chucked all the skeins on the floor and tucked the finished knitting under my blanket.
Ever notice the world seems a little bland after having your eyes shut for a while? Maybe not for you, but it always has for me. I guess the world through touch is more “colorful” than through sight.
Anyways, I removed my blindfold, put my glasses back on, and pulled out my knitting. Astonishingly, the colors didn’t suck together! In fact, I think they’re pretty darn nice. Though they’re nothing I’d have chosen if my eyes had been open.
After wearing one around for a while, I knew I needed a second or else I’d look silly. So I knitted it’s match. This time with eyes open of course, so they’d match. Didn’t feel like it took as long, but I did knit it while watching baseball so there you go.
And that’s it! The story of how I knit something before I ever even saw it.
Intrigued? Want to try it? Well grab yourself something to act as a blindfold, your favorite knitting needles (or crochet hook), your stash, and maybe a friend to blindfold you and keep you company. This works best with a disorganized stash as you don’t want to know what colors you are picking. Remember to pick something to knit that won’t take very long and that you can do with no or little problem. And pick something simple. I wouldn’t suggest cabling or anything with much shaping.