I am taking a knitting class at the Cambridge Center for Adult Education! You can find the Cambridge Center at www.ccae.org. I learned an alternative to the “Julie” method of knitting, otherwise known as the English method, or “throwing” method of knitting. You hold the yarn in your right hand when you knit this way. I found that I frequently “dropped” the right needle while I knitted. I didn’t like this, nor did I like the fact that it was extremely difficult to do this “throwing” method while using DPN’s (double-pointed needles). When I use double-pointed needles, I use four or five at a time, and the needles got in the way when I used the “throwing” method holding the yarn in my right hand. With the “Julie” method, I held the yarn in my left hand. Continental knitting is similar to the “Julie” method. You hold the yarn in your left hand. So after the second class, I vowed that I would learn Continental knitting. Unfortunately, our wonderful teacher, Johanna Erikson, doesn’t teach it, so I had to go home and learn it from a You-tube. Fortunately, I found a good one:
I would recommend this You-Tube because it is nice and long and very clear. I found that I was able to learn Continental knitting after a few viewings.
I’m not very good at it. But I did finish Puzzle’s Pastel Patchwork Sweater using the method. I did both her sleeves in ribbing. Agreeably, one sleeve is a bit longer than the other, as I finished one of them too soon, but Puzzle won’t care. I was only off by a smidge, and I think I’m the only one who will notice anyway. I need to weave in the ends. There are a heck of a lot of ends.
I am now making a patchwork hat to match the sweater. The hat is for me. What did you expect, silly? It will go very quickly. I will post it as soon as I’m finished with it. I work on it when I’m taking breaks from writing the book I’m working on. Goodnight.