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Old 01-03-2007, 03:55 PM   #10
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Originally Posted by five_six
i guess sometimes i can be a little too influenced by other people who think i knit 'the wrong way' (which i intellectually know doesn't exist), but the pressure to be a continental knitter can sometimes be great.
Funny, I think it's more often the other way around. Maybe not on this forum, but generally. To be honest, since most US knitters are throwers, one of the reasons I chose conti was because I liked the idea of doing things a little differently than the majority.

For those who have trouble doing conti, but would like to learn, I think any new skill is bound to be awkward and fatiguing at first, but will get easier with practice. (Not that I think everyone should convert, because then I wouldn't be special anymore! ) When I tried combination for the first time (to get more even tension for flat stockinette, ribbing, and other knit-purl stitch patterns), I really had a hard time getting my fingers to purl differently. Now I can switch back and forth (conti and combo) with no problem. Still haven't tried English, though.
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There is no right way to knit; there is no wrong way to knit. So if anybody kindly tells you that what you are doing is "wrong," don't take umbrage; they mean well. Smile submissively, and listen, keeping your disagreement on an entirely mental level. They may be right, in this particular case, and even if not, they may drop off pieces of information which will come in very handy if you file them away carefully in your brain for future reference. ~Elizabeth Zimmerman
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