One of the most satisfying things to knit is a good fiendish, tricky cable. One of the most satisfying things to get your legs around in ballet is a good adage. There are a lot of similarities between the two, to my mind anyway.
To knit a cable is a simple enough concept but I always find the hardest part is keeping the stitches either side stable enough. One of my bete noirs in knitting is the first purl stitch off a cable, don’t keep it tight enough and there’s a slight ‘bagging’ to that purl stitch. Just like in adage when you feel your supporting leg start to go, when your knee begins to bend a little, when you sink into your hip…
I’ve developed a recent ‘thing’ about knitting cables. For a while it was all about the Fair Isle, then I got sidetracked knitting my Little Nephew a blanket and then I had a bit of an epiphany about legwarmers. I like seamed tights (not for ballet just in general) because they are seriously awesome – even if I never can get my seams straight. Thinking about this one day I wondered it I could apply this principle to legwarmers and run a cable up the back of them in the fashion of seamed tights.
Partly it started because I decided I should man up and get over my ‘thing’ about ballet skirts. Partly it started because I appear to have developed an awful habit of losing legwarmers. Partly it started because winter is creeping in and I need more thigh high legwarmers. And then it really started because I ordered the above beauties from Tulips by Tracy and needed legwarmers to go with them.
And who wouldn’t want legwarmers like these? From the front they look like normal, plain, stockinette legwarmers and then from the back… wham, bam, thank you cables ma’am. (Excuse the mess – I’m having issues with the crop function and man flu/pathological laziness is winning out.)
They’re both quite different cables: the black pair are a fairly simple braid cable and the lilac pair a slightly more complex twisty cable. But the lilac cable really, really reminds me of ronde de jambe: that swooping swirly motion of the working leg against the fixed supporting leg.
Coming soon: why lace knitting is a lot like petit allegro…