I don’t know what happened. I’ve been wanting to learn Continental knitting for a while now. Suddenly, I can do it! I’ve been using the “Julie method,” which I invented, for years, because I knew no other way. The “Julie method” is slow, but I make very few if any errors. Like Continental, I hold the yarn in my left hand.
About an hour ago, my hands started doing Continental knitting. Just like that. I’ve been trying to do this for years. Right now, I’m working on the ribbing for a hat. So I’m doing K1P1 in Continental. I’m using two strands of yarn at the same time. You’d think this would be really, really challenging for a beginning knitter in Continental. It is. But I’m doing it.
I have never been able to do the “conventional” method of knitting that is done in the US, called the “British” or “English” method, I forget which. It is also called “throwing.” For this method, you hold the yarn in your right hand. To me, that seems…well, backwards! People watch me knit and go cross-eyed.
People look at me cross-eyed, anyway. I know I look like a freak, zooming around Watertown with Puzzle, who herself looks like a freak right now with her scraggly fur (she needs a groom). I am just a crazy skinny girl walking a little scruffy white dog a mile a minute around town, blasting the headphones, paying attention to no one (including traffic). Sometimes, she and the dog wear matching knitted outfits. Crazy. You wonder what she is laughing about. You wonder what she is talking to herself about. You wonder why tears are in her eyes. But she keeps on zooming with that crazy dog, that happy little dog, telling her not to pee on the flowers, but that darned dog pees on them anyway, just like a boy dog.
Yep, that crazy girl has a secret today. Wow. Wow wow wow. She can do CONTINENTAL KNITTING. What a treat.