I've been a fan of this site for a while now (at least a year or two) but I've never joined the forum until tonight. Not sure why... I guess I've come to think of this site as a general video-tutorial resource and forgot that there even was a forum attached to it.
But now I have a question that google hasn't helped me with, so I turn to this community of knowledgeable knitters.
Anyway, about my (knitting) self: I've been knitting for over four years. I was initially taught how to knit English at my college's club, but then went on to learn how to purl from books and then dove into aran knitting, slip-stich patterns, and eventually lace, fair-isle & intarsia using online tutorials (like the ones on this site).
I learned how to knit Continental from this site when I wanted to try two-handed fair-isle, and now it's my go-to method for most (uncomplicated) knitting. (I knit English for a long time after I'd learned both methods, but recently switched to primarily Continental when my hands started to bother me. I'm only 22 -- carpal tunnel shouldn't be setting in yet!)
I'm remarkably non-prolific, I frog probably about half of anything I make just because... well, knitting for me is more about "can I do it?" then "look what I made!" if you know what I mean. Like, the final product usually isn't as fulfilling as the whole process that went into it. And inevitably, I look at something I made and see all the imperfections or just things that can be improved upon, and I end up making the same item over and over again until it's just so
. I guess I'm a bit OCD, heh.
I also get obsessed by certain stitch patterns. The first cable pattern I ever learned was the Saxon Braid; I saw a picture of it in a book and committed myself to learning aran knitting just so I could replicate that swatch. And then of course I had to incorporate that pattern into practically everything I made... for the next two years. Friends and family started to comment, "oh, you're doing that
And then I became obsessed with argyle, and learned intarsia just to reproduce that pattern. (I find intarsia too fiddly to work, though, so I never became argyle-obsessed the way I was with the Saxon Braid. I hate any technique where you have to cut the yarn a lot, probably because I hate weaving-in ends and doing other finishing work. Oh, and also because you're "committed" once you've cut the yarn. It's not like Fair Isle, where you can just frog back and rewind to two or more whole, beautiful balls of color. No, you frog and you're stuck with short little worthless strands that are useless for anything except MORE intarsia. It's a vicious cycle!)
And... that's me. Or at least the knitting part of me, which is a huge part of how I identify myself. I am woman. See me knit.