For a while now people have told me that I do not knit right or correctly. I have been told, but not told why or what I was doing wrong that truly said that I was not knitting right. I've been told I don’t knit right because I hold the yarn in my left hand, as far as I understand that is a way of knitting. On this site I have been told that I twist my stitches, I did not know what that meant. One individual made the decision not to respond to me when I asked what he was referring to, another brought up points to give me ideas as to what I may have been doing wrong and what I may be able to do to fix it, this guy decided to point out that I may not be able to correct the way I do it as it is the way I have learned.
I have taken it upon myself, as I have in the past, to read what bits I can and watch what videos I'm able to get a hold of in my spare time. I have since grabbed a ball of yarn and a set of needles and am doing stockinette till it is burned on my mind and programmed into my fingers. I am a very determined and stubborn person, probably because the majority of what I know was self learned. My being self taught in many things allowed me to design and build a 2700+ sq ft house for my parents and not running into any code violations.
I have been called a fool because I made mention that I am a self taught knitter. That may be, I did not have the luxury to be taught by a parent or grand-parent. When I was 14, in 1994, my paternal grandmother taught my little brother & I how to hand embroider. She felt that we needed something to do and I need a way to control a nerve disorder that caused my hands to shake, uncontrollably at times. I did not finish mine and did no other hobby for years. My mother does not do any hobbies and I never saw her mother all my childhood, meet up with her when I was 20 and only seen her a few short times in the hospital in the past 10 years and no contact in the past 5 years, according to my mother she used to crochet and knit.
In 2001 I wanted something to do on a trip to Canada. On this trip I became very bored and decided to stop at a small shop near Windsor ON to pick up something to embroider. A couple years later I got bored with it and wanted to crochet, so I grabbed a book to learn while I was at work, the job I had at that time allowed for a lot of free time.
After doing that for a few years and getting bored once again because now I was not working I was just sitting at home, was a stay at home partner, I wanted to learn how to sew. It was simple enough to read patterns and make clothes or cut little squares and make quilts. After a while I wanted to go back to work so I started working part time for a craft store chain, that helped me grow in my sewing.
A few ladies told me I should knit because I already knew how to crochet, being a man that enjoys to do things for charity I bought what I would need at the store I was working at and proceeded to knit standard scarves to donate come winter time.
Learning to knit was hard for me, but I was determined to learn. I am naturally right handed in everything I do, so that was what I studied, right hand knitting. When right handed knitting was showing it just would not work out I searched for and had plenty of trouble finding material that shown me how to learn left handed. But I knew I had to do it LH as I realized I could not control my right hand enough to hold the yarn. After not being able to find what I needed I thought all I would have needed to do was mimic the RH knitting on my left hand.
As I have been told that apparently is not correct. I asked around if someone could show me or teach me but I was hard pressed to find someone that would, apparently I look more like a mechanic than a crafter or any sort. At the time I never heard of a LYS, didn't even know there was one in town until more recent of time. Well there sort of isn’t one in town, short hours and all. I never seem to be able to get there when they are open, it’s good for little old ladies that don’t work.
I thought it would be wonderful to have and be able to give some of the items I keep seeing patterns for. So began the desire to start knitting from patterns and searching for different yarns, non acrylic. I have been working on knitting for some time, making a lot of items that would be donated to homeless families
Every time I feel happy that I have expanded my knowledge of knitting some tells me there are so many things wrong, but so many, might as well say all, people don't say what is wrong nor how to correct it and one feels it to be better to belittle. If you feel the need to belittle or just flat out call me an idiot then just do so. I may have had to teach myself so many things but I am very confident I can do so many things you would never expect.