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Old 05-11-2013, 11:14 PM   #61
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I can't even picture how this weird method works!
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Old 05-11-2013, 11:15 PM   #62
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I don't think this does Becky's description justice but she does leave the needle hanging. I just can't picture the method as described but it does leave me LOL. I pity the poor students!
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Old 05-11-2013, 11:36 PM   #63
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Good GRIEF! - I take exception to being told that's "the English style" of knitting! Teaching people to knit like that is ... it's ... I'm almost lost for words (Chic would've said "NEVER!"). It's unforgiveable.
My response to that as a learning resource is
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Old 05-11-2013, 11:49 PM   #64
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One reason I didn't learn to knit sooner is that every resource I could find...before the internet it was all written and illustrations...said to do it that way.
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Oh I see. Well technically that is correct in its form, but it's awkward and too spread out. I do have a friend who wraps her yarn a bit like that so she does knit fairly slowly, but over time has managed to get faster than you'd think. I knit English, but it's all sort of a smooth movement where I don't really lose contact with the needle.
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Old 05-12-2013, 12:05 AM   #66
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Since reading here and watching videos I finally can knit English style and it's getting easier and smoother, not fast but doable. I can't understand why they make it so blasted hard. I really did wonder how anyone ever learned to knit. If I'd ever been around anyone who actually knitted and could have learned from them, I might be an English style knitter. Whatever gets it done is what it takes but there are limits. I'd love to see the wrist-twister knitting in a video.
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Old 05-12-2013, 12:47 AM   #67
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The video you linked to, Your Royal Grumpiness, is one we should all reflect upon in terms of doing it like that with circular needles ...
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Old 05-12-2013, 01:22 AM   #68
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I don't think this does Becky's description justice but she does leave the needle hanging. I just can't picture the method as described but it does leave me LOL. I pity the poor students!
That's close, but do everything there in a way more exaggerated manner with a lot more midair flailing and twisting, and make sure you give the yarn a hard yank at the end of every stitch. I actually have a cuff and couple inches of sleeve from a sweater, left in a Goodwill bag of a soft fluffy baby yarn, that is knitted so tightly that it stands up by itself and has the texture of a heavy cardboard box. You can tell who's tried to knit this way by the many breaks in wool yarn and the number of projects cast aside with needles still in them.

I'll try to do a video of a few (a VERY few--my wrists don't like it!) stitches tomorrow. Don't expect too much, because I've never tried to upload a video before. Maybe it can serve as a bad example: Don't let THIS happen to YOU!
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Ah! - we are now all WAITING FOR YOU, Becky.
Don't feel any pressure but.
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