The Doings, 1-31-12

“She turned to the sunlight
And shook her yellow head,
And whispered to her neighbor:
“Winter is dead.”
A.A. Milne, When We Were Very Young

Hello!  What a day, sunny and the mid 50’s…..

Satisfying to look out the window today….mostly….

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I’ve been knitting…..but don’t ask what I’ve been knitting, ask “how” I’m knitting!

We’re taught, here in the US, to hold the feeding length of yarn in the right hand.  To knit one must drop the right needle and “throw” the yarn over the other needle.  But using  the European or “continental” technique, one holds the yarn in the left hand…no “throwing” involved…one slick motion.  Almost like crochet.  I have wanted to learn this technique FOREVER!  It just took YouTube to finally get me there.  She’s a very patient teacher, doesn’t mind demonstrating….over and over… basic instructions.

It feels so smooth to knit this way…it must be easier on arthritic fingers.  The option to change from one technique to the other is beneficial when knitting for long periods.

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I still need practice….I don’t have speed or a loose tension yet, and  I still have to remember to breath when I’m knitting this way!  That will come in due time, after I have a new stash of dish cloths.

I feel like I want to frame this little dishcloth!   Learning something new is quite gratifying!

Here is the YouTube video I found most helpful:

Learn Something New!
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