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Old 10-30-2005, 10:05 AM   #11
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Thanks for the suggestion, but I have tried circulars. I still try to prop. I'm sure I don't have to tell you how awkward that is, what with the cable and the shorter needles...talk about hunching and cramping...

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In fact, I've temporarily abandoned using the circular needles because my knitting looks absolutely hideous on them (because I cannot prop).

I think I'll just break out my practice skein of el cheapo yarn and work on holding the left needle up--let the hideousness come! I managed to learn to hold the yarn Amy's way when I knit and purl (and wow, what a difference that has made!), so surely I can conquer the needle propping. I'll let you know how it turns out!
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Old 10-30-2005, 10:08 AM   #12
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It's ok to prop if that's what works for you. There are techniques that have you hold the right needle under your arm, even.

The old-time Fair Isle knitters--and maybe even the new time ones, too--jab their left'hand working needle in a bag of hay or wool--essentially propping. All the movement and work is done with the right needle over the top of the left.

There are no rules here--do what works for you.
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Old 10-30-2005, 10:27 AM   #13
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Well, I'm not looking necessarily for "a" right way; I want one that doesn't cause this horrible left shoulder pain, pain which tells me that something isn't right.

My thinking is that the propping and knitting at the awkward angle are the causes. Were it not for the pain, I wouldn't even worry about the propping
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Old 10-30-2005, 10:32 AM   #14
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The pain is probably a good indicator that you should change. :rollseyes: I forgot about that aspect.

So break out the cheapo yarn and let the hideousness begin! :rofling:
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Old 10-30-2005, 12:25 PM   #15
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So break out the cheapo yarn and let the hideousness begin!

How I'll spend the next few days:

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