I'm on my second Knit a River square and I decided it would be a great time to learn the Continental style of knitting. I watched the videos on knittinghelp.com and had my yarn and sticks while doing it so I could practice. It's been a struggle, but after 12 rows, I am just beginning to get the hang of it.
My biggest problems are finding a yarn hold that will work for me, getting used to using my middle finger to manipulate the stitches and left needle instead of my index finger and keeping that index finger away from the needle. No matter what hold I use, it seems like the yarn ends up falling off my finger. Believe it or not, I've acutally found the purl stitch to be easier to execute than the knit stitch. I'm knitting fairly tightly and my left hand is a bit sore because I'm so tense. I'm hoping I'll relax into it soon!
I finished knitting these last weekend, and ran them trough one cycle in the washer. Then it died. I had been expecting it from the sounds I'd been hearing from it, and the dampness on my basement floor in front of it. My neighbor let me run them through a cycle in her machine, and that helped, but they still needed more so I just decided to wait until I replaced my machine.
We bought our new washer Friday night and had our plumber come this morning to replace the water faucets for the washer because we discovered that they were in need of replacing (they wouldn't shut off!). So, after finishing laundry today, I threw these in for one more cycle just to finish them off.
It is good to hear that there are others out there that understand what I feel.
I will say this I do not worry what people say about what people think about my knitting. It is just that I wish they could see the benifits of knitting. Besides homemade gifts, I also find that knitting helps with my hands. When I am not knitting I Chef/cook at a university. Before I started knitting I found that I got hand cramps from all the chopping and food prep I had to do. After I started Knitting the cramps are pretty much all gone. Those are just tow of the benifits I find in knitting.
well I could go on for ever but that is all I need to say for now.
Will any of you be participating in the Sock Wars over at Yarn Monkey's site? It looks pretty fun. A sock knitting game of speed, intrigue and, uh, 'death.' I think I may do it. I'm not the fastest knitter, but in the end everyone ends up with a pair of socks anyway. Check it out and see what you think!