Originally Posted by GrumpyGramma
So you find Continental faster? It's faster for me because it's the way I learned and I can do knits in English, purls are still not happening for me. Anyhow, I found this interesting. I don't think one method is better than another, I do agree that if it ain't broke don't fix it. I recently got the Norwegian purl down and I think my tension may be better with it. Thanks for your comments. I look forward to seeing your shawl.
Well, I don't find Continental faster, having failed miserably at it....but I've witnessed it to be faster. Wish I could say I've "experienced it" being faster....but when I've tried, I'm all thumbs. Slug Slow. Gauge, train wreck.
Have you witnessed how lightening fast Eunny Jang can knit??? She demonstrates stuff on Knitting Daily TV. She's a Continental knitter, and from watching her, I think it's so fast because of the minimal hand movements. I knit, throw, knit, throw, knit, throw...while Eunny flicks, flicks, flicks, flicks. Wow. But she's commented that she was taught Continental from childhood.
It's so funny to watch Kristin Omdahl knit! She's a master of crochet and a great crochet designer, but she knits as well. She teaches the crochet segments on Knitting Daily TV. But in the Season 10 (DVD's) Kristin is teaching a knitalong for a knitted shawl she designed. She holds her knitting needles like
she's holding an ax! It's so hilarious to watch her! But she gets wonderful results, so who cares. But, like I said...it tickles me no end. I love her, so I don't care how she manhandles those circs!