Knitting is done differently on this side of the world and is known as the continental method. I was taught the English style which is the throwing method. The continental method seems very fast with minimal movement of the hands, the ladies in the group seem to whip up lopapeysas (Icelandic Jumper) within a couple of days. I thought I would give this method a go and see if I am able to retrain my brain to become accustomed to this style. I have always been a little ambidextrous, I write and paint with my left hand but use scissors, knives, computer mouse with my right...and writing with my right hand never feels that foreign to me...I am sure if I perservered it would soon become second nature.
However I also decided to complicate the issue by learning how to knit a fancy smancy pattern for a cushion cover, I was trying to cross two hurdles with one leap as I knew I would eventually need to know how to create these patterns when I finally make myself that lopapeysa. I also couldn't enlarge the print out and therefore had to use a magnifying glass to count the squares and then mark with dots and crosses so I knew exactly where I was in the pattern (oh so time consuming).
As I had two different coloured threads that needed to be woven through on the back as I knitted, I searched the Internet and YouTube for help and came up with the two handed method.
Degree of difficulty soared with the complexity of the pattern, plus I decided to knit it in the round to have less seams and knit stripes on the back. All this meant that this ended up being a long and tedious project...no watching TV and knitting with this baby.
So after many frustrating weeks I finally finished the thing. There are several errors where I miss counted when trying to watch TV, drink coffee, talk or do anything else simultaneously but unless you spent time specifically searching you don't notice them.
BackI have become a little addicted to knitting and purchasing knitting related products. To the visitor my home looks innocent enough but lurking beneath the surface are secret stashes of all things knitting and this is only after a couple of months...goodness knows what it will be like in a year or so.
There is nothing worse than not having the right size needles when the urge to knit comes upon you. Ross bought Olga a set similar to this for her Birthday/Christmas gift and I must admit I coveted them...not any more!
Innocent enough looking coffee side tables which are normally scattered around the room
But lurking undercover are many many balls of wool
Now onto the next knitting project which will get me in the grandma mode.