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Old 01-05-2009, 01:38 AM   #11
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Old 01-05-2009, 07:34 AM   #12
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I agree - unique is the word. I don't think it looks that funny and it certainly works for you so I wouldn't worry about what others may think. Thanks for the video!
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Old 01-05-2009, 11:38 AM   #13
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Yes-
some hold the right needle in the crook of the underarm, and some use a sheath..
with the sheath --a sort of harness/belt worn on the waist the harnes hold an LONG metal 'straw' (think of hollow drinking straw)
the straw is flexible
the needle goes into straw, and is held by straw. (the hands steady it, as does the knitting!

you can look up knitting sheaths, (aka scots style knitting)

you are not alone.. Whole countries knit like you!
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http://gansey.blogspot.com/2008/03/v...y-to-knit.html

Look at that! Thanks everyone!
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Old 01-05-2009, 10:00 PM   #15
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I couldn't figure out what to do with the left needle when I tried continental. Looks like a good way to knit!!
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Old 01-05-2009, 10:34 PM   #16
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I did exactly that as well, hold the needle between the legs, when my arm got tired from holding the needle, and I found it quite easy to knit that way.

Since I switched to circular needles, I can't do that anymore, but I like circulars better than straights.

And I think you can knit in public with your method. Everyone knits in his/her own way.
Being different always draws attention, but it's not always negative.
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Lori,
Thanks for posting the video. It sure works for you (you make it appear effortless and keep a nice steady flow going, it was interesting to watch.) If we all knitted exactly the same way, the world of knitting would be a much duller place. Did someone teach you that method or did you come up with it on your own? Keep up the good work.
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Old 01-07-2009, 02:06 PM   #18
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I too am quite an irregular knitter. I have scoliosis which causes my right shoulder to roll forwards, but I am also VERY right handed. I knit with the yarn in my right hand, casting over the right needle. (can't do continental to save my life, although it would certainly have saved my shoulder!)
So my right shoulder was getting extremely stressed with all the actions it was performing. I finally had to prop my right elbow up and keep my right forearm very still, and ask my wrists and hands to do the work. Saved my shoulder.
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OK, at first I really couldn't picture how you were doing this, but now that I see it, it totally makes sense--actually probably wsould've helped me when I was learning....would definitely help my son if he ever picks up his needles again....
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I throw the yarn with my right hand, but basically do a variation on your method: I anchor the right needle so it is easier to let go of when I wrap the yarn with my right hand. The left needle does the vast majority of the movement. Knitting with circular needles has an added challenge to me, and dpns are really difficult.
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