Since a couple of you have asked about my style of knitting, I’ll tell you . . but as with most everything I do, there’s a story. Please read this and then promptly forget everything I’m saying, ok? This information will only mess you up with your knitting.
I learned to crochet as a child. I guess it was my grandma who taught me. I think my grandma tried to teach me everything she knew how to do just to keep me out of trouble when I was at their house. Even way back as a child, I had to stay busy or I got into mischief. My grandma taught me to do embroidery, to sew on her old treadle sewing machine, to crochet, she tried to teach me to play the piano but I just never got that. She also instilled in me her desire to put yummy, homegrown food on the table, to always have cake or pie ready . . just in case the random guest dropped by (no telephones back then to call ahead). My grandma had beautiful flowers and she loved dogs. They always had dogs. The two I remember most were Butch and Blondie, two cocker spaniels.
Anyway, I crocheted everything I could get my hands on through my middle school years and then in high school, a left handed friend was knitting a scarf. I watched her and I semi-figured out how to knit. I, being right handed, watched her, being left handed, from across the lunch room table and that’s how I learned to knit. I knitted a bit during college and into my young adult years but then put it down and didn’t touch it for almost 25 years. When I decided to start knitting again in 2005 or 2006, I could not remember how to cast on. Youtube videos weren’t quite as prevalent as they are now and I couldn’t figure out how to cast on. I asked every one I could find . . can you show me how to cast on so I can knit? Finally someone told me that a group of elderly ladies met at the Methodist Church on Thursday mornings to knit prayer shawls so I went down there and after about the 6th lady showed me how she casts on, someone did it like I remembered doing it. It’s called long tail cast on! I had no idea what it was called or that there was more than one way to cast on!
I had no idea there were “styles” to knitting. People would ask me what’s my style of knitting. I had no idea but in the past few years, I’ve watched lots of videos of both Continental and English knitting, tried to do both and the Continental is much easier for me so that’s pretty much my current style.
There’s still so much I don’t know . . about so many things! 🙂