All righty, ladies and gents, this month's challenge is a little bit different, starting with a new KAL leader for this month--ME!!
I challenge you to challenge yourselves by knitting the opposite way. What does this mean? Well....
Do you knit Conti (hold the working yarn in your left hand)? Then hold your yarn in your right hand, please--go English!
Do you knit English (hold the working yarn in your left hand)? Now's the time to try holding that working yarn in your left hand--go Conti!
The object of this KAL isn't to get you to change your knitting method. Rather, it's to get you to try a new
knitting method. Studies have shown that doing repetitive tasks with the opposite hand gives the brain a mini workout and stimulates creativity, and we knitters loooooove creativity! So let's get those brains working!
"Um, what are we supposed to knit?" you ask. A simple swatch will do; just make it large enough to make the project worthwhile. A 4x4 inch swatch in stockinette will work, though a 6x6 inch swatch will work better--more stitches!
(If you're feeling particularly brave, you can knit a fair-isle swatch, quite a workout indeed!)
Things to bear in mind: Your knitting may feel awkward at first, your stitches may look really wonky, and you may find yourself tempted to give up. Please don't! This KAL isn't about perfection--this is about challenging yourself by trying something new. Even if you have tried the opposite method before and failed, try giving it another go. Who knows, this time it just might 'click' for you!
If you're unsure how to hold your yarn for the opposite-way KAL, use Amy's videos. Here's
the knit stitch, and Here's
the purl stitch. Watch them over and over if need be; KAL with her, too, if that helps you!
Please share your FOs when you're done!