Saturday, January 17, 2009

Is it so wrong to be right?

It's been almost a month since I learned to knit. Last weekend was the first time I picked it back up. After learning to crochet in that Thursday's Relief Society function, I was feeling pretty stoked to work with yarn, so I went out of Friday and bought yarn, needles and hooks. Since it had been longer since I had learned, I decided to start with knitting so that I wouldn't forget.

I started out just with practicing in mind. It took me a while and a few seconds of a YouTube video tutorial to remember how to cast on, and I watched another one to make sure I was doing the knit stitch right. I made a conscious effort to turn everything opposite due to my lefty awesomeness. (Lefties are a minority and seem to feel a need to remark on their awesomeness as such at any opportunity)

I wasn't counting stitches initially and just filled the needle when I cast on. As I went though I decided to make a square. So I ended up making a 31 X 31 square. My stitches are surprisingly nice.

Sasha never did get to teach me how to cast off, so when I was done, I was back on YouTube searching. I am really amazed at how many people like to make knitting tutorial videos. So I watched one video and it wasn't very good. Before I left, I did notice that the tutor was knitting left handed like I was. I found another video that was great and taught me how to do it. I thought, 'Wow, there are a lot of left handed knitters on YouTube!' because she also knitted just like me.

As I was starting on my second 31 X 31 stitch square, I really was irritated that I had to pick up the yarn each time and wrap it around the needle. I have seen old ladies knit and never take their hands off the needle. I also remember Sasha saying something about a "picking" method she had recently aquired. I decided to try to figure it out.

It didn't take me long, but it did make me notice that my left hand was pretty much just sitting there holding the facbric and needle and my right hand was doing all the work. After noticing this, I proceded to watch a few more knitting videos on YouTube. All of them were knitting "left handed." After suspecting, then inquiring of some reliable sorces, I decided that I am knitting right handed.

For those of you who may not know, it's not something that I can just change now, half way through a project. I will be interested to see if, after all of this right hand practice, I decide to go left handed. I guess we'll just have to wait and see.

1 comment:

mamahawk said...

that's great Cerra... I guess you won't be needing that book after all :)