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Old 05-30-2013, 11:19 PM   #7251
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Old 06-09-2013, 01:50 AM   #7252
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Hello all,


I am a self taught double hand knitter I can knit both right as well as left handed, I do little projects like dish cloths and afghans for friends and family and for the Fire and police department in my area. I have been knitting seriously for the last month and have done a little before that.
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Old 06-09-2013, 04:56 AM   #7253
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Hi Flyboy and welcome to Knitting Help! Those sound like wonderful projects and I'm sure the police and fire appreciate them. Thanks for the ideas.
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Old 06-11-2013, 02:10 AM   #7254
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Old 06-24-2013, 06:17 PM   #7255
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I've posted for help a couple times so I guess its time to introduce myself. I'm Janis, a 40 yo SAMH of 5, boys aged 22, 11, and 4, and daughters 16 and 14. I'm engaged to the love of my life, Jeff, and the girls and the 11 yr old our our kids. We split for 6 yrs and I had a baby with someone else, then we got back together so we've truly got a blended family. I've wanted to learn to knit for about 10 years now (Debbie Macomber books got me interested) and finally started to teach myself about 2 weeks ago. I'm so glad to have found this site, and hope to make many friends and be here a long time!

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Old 06-24-2013, 07:01 PM   #7256
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Hi Herbert and Janis and welcome! Good to have you here at Knitting Help.
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Old 06-27-2013, 05:26 PM   #7257
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I'm Christina. I'm 23, and I decided to teach myself to knit this summer. I ended up picking up the English method when I started because it was more comfortable to work with as a left-handed individual--or at least I thought so--but it's kind of made learning weird, because all the guides I have present as continental so everything's backward. I'm really enjoying it so far, and one of the things I want to learn to do the most is make knit dolls. I think it'd be really fun to make super detailed little knit dolls of TV, movie, and video game characters.

Right now I'm working on a really basic garter stitch scarf. When I finish it, I'm gonna do one in all purl--which I guess would still technically be a garter stitch--and then one with notched edges to practice increasing and decreasing--you know, so I can learn the basic movements really well before starting a big project. I also want to learn to loom knit and crochet someday.
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Old 06-27-2013, 05:37 PM   #7258
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Welcome, Scelerata!

If you were to truly knit left handed then everything would be sorta backwards, but English and continental are just different methods and can be done by either left or right handers. With english you carry the working yarn in your right hand, continental the working yarn is in the left hand. Knowing both methods is valuable for certain things like stranded knitting (fair isle), but most of us choose one method for all our basic knitting.

I know of only ONE person who truly knits left handed and she has to alter patterns a bit to make it work since most of them are written for right handed. It sounds like you're getting the hang of it anyway.
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Old 06-27-2013, 06:43 PM   #7259
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Well, I think it's English I'm using? Each row starts out in my right hand, and ends up in my left when I'm done. What is that called? I'm kinda stupid about these things!
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That sounds like that very rare bird, a true left-handed knitter. I'm a confirmed lefty myself but I was taught to knit right-handed. Welcome to the forum!
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