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Old 05-07-2013, 06:39 PM   #31
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Reminds me of all those years ago when I taught English as a Second Language (for the short time I could stand it: I rapidly became disenchanted with the whole industry) ... Felt obliged to point out that my mother tongue actually does have rules, but that virtually every one, once stated, must be followed by the qualifier "except when ...".
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Old 05-07-2013, 08:27 PM   #32
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I'm the last person you want to ask this question. I knit Eastern European where the working yarn is always in back of the work for both knit and purl. English and Continental knitters would say my stitches are on the needle backwards. The bottom line is that whatever method you use, the finished work all looks the same. Use whatever you're comfortable with. There's no knitting police here.
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Old 05-07-2013, 09:18 PM   #33
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Thanks for the laughs!

I don't think there IS a correct way to hold your yarn. It's whatever works for you.

It took me a long time to master long-tail cast on, but now I love it. I hate having to teach it to anyone, though.

There has been someone coming to my school to teach knitting and lead interested students in making squares for a charity project. I give her all due kudos for doing this, but I have to say when she started with trying to teach LTCO by standing in the front of the room, I cringed. I ended up casting on for most of the kids and once those who wanted to knit learned how, I showed them the knitted cast on. They were grateful. A couple did learn it, though!

On a side note, I wish I could show the picture of the 6'5" Blood sitting next to the self-proclaimed Crip sitting, knitting, and chatting. Now if we could push knitting in the Middle East. . .
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On a side note, I wish I could show the picture of the 6'5" Blood sitting next to the self-proclaimed Crip sitting, knitting, and chatting. Now if we could push knitting in the Middle East. . .
I'd love to see that!
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They were knitting with chopsticks so there wasn't even a threat of hostilities! One of them held his square up to his face like burglar's mask. I told him that if I heard a report of a crime having been committed by a tall, black man with a colorful, hand-knitted bandana covering his face, I was gonna turn him in!
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If there is one major-most-important-don't-you-ever-forget-it thing I've learned here, it's that whatever works for you is the right way!
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If there is one major-most-important-don't-you-ever-forget-it thing I've learned here, it's that whatever works for you is the right way!
I say that a lot. I got tired of continental knitters saying their method was better which kind of made new english knitters feel like we were less than adequate or just as accomplished. .
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Anyone saying their way the right way for everyone, no matter what they're talking about, gets on my nerves. I really truly detest some of the youtube videos that make it look like English knitters are all but throwing their arms around. It reminds me of those gosh awful commercials where someone with a knife is supposedly trying to cut something and is being a danger to themselves and others. That doesn't sell me the product they're advertising and making English knitting look clownish doesn't make me want to knit Continental. Now that I can finally do knit stitches English style, I think I can better understand why some prefer it. If I'm knitting with yarn in one hand only, it's still Continental for me but that's my comfort zone and that's all it is. You and others here who knit English have taught me so much, how could I possibly consider my way better? When my GKs learned to do knit stitches, I taught them to do it English because that's what they wanted.
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I did spend a fair bit of time trying to learn to crochet in the 'approved' manner - i.e., yarn in left hand, etc. - simply because I thought it would be nice to be able to use yarn with a metallic thread in it. I was crocheting a throw for friends based on a stained glass motif (duly acknowledged when I was in Ravelry), and a black with metallic thread would've been perfect for the 'leading' parts ...
But I simply couldn't maintain it. I mean, I did understand what I was being told, and did manage to actually do it; but I couldn't keep it up! - my fingers were far too used to my 'single needle knitting' style. So the throw was made with plain black for the leading.
And here it is ... you can imagine what the flecked black would've looked like; and so I do regret my inability to DO IT RIGHT! - but only for that reason! :-)
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