How many of you are left handed? Not like it really matters in knitting but it will make more sense as you read on. Yes, I'm a left handed and at times it's a curse and other times it just feels right. Being raised in the um um um 60's, their wasn't much in the way of left handed stuff. I do write left handed and that was just the hardest thing about school or at least it was a constant reminder. For those of you who are lefties, you know what I mean. From Jr High School forward they mostly had seats with attached writing tables affixed to the right side. Imagine writing in any spiral or ring binder with your left hand, it's next to impossible. OK enough of the pity party. We do have our benefits though. In Sports and the Arts it seems like left handers have the advantage. I have also been in a room of Engineers where we all realized after half of a days worth of training that their was 9 of 11 lefties in a technical environment. It was the highest concentration of lefties I have ever seen. Left handed Fun Fact Swimmers typically see better underwater when left handed. Mark Spitz was left handed as a few other world class swimmers. Fencing is dominated by left handers. For more fun facts check this out http://www.anythingleft-handed.co.uk/fam_sport.html
One day soon I will take a fencing class to test this theory with the bonus of being 6'5" helps with the reach advantage too. Another life goal if to learn to fence and we have local clubs who promote beginners in low cost adult education classes. Watch out for another obsession lol
I have been hearing that Continental knitting is a whole lot easier for the left handed folk. That wasn't what attracted me to the mysterious other style. I saw knitting as a time motion study from the very beginning. One of my first questions was "Why do I need to turn it around?" "Why can't I just knit back the other way." Then the more I learned the more I liked the economics of movement in Continental knitting. Fewer variables that give a more consistent stitch that should give a more constant gage. I know I know, it's supposed to be relaxing and there is no wrong way to knit but when you are a psycho about this kind of stuff you look at life differently.
Mrs. Twisted says if your are nodding off to skip to the next red words where there is more knitting content.
If you want to read more about how my brain works then plow on ahead
Here is a prime example;
What do you see when you look at this picture?
Now, what looks like it doesn't fit?
When I saw this I immediately thought why are they using metallic green trucks with Yellow service equipment trailers. But that wasn't what intrigued me. Why do they have sleepers on the truck's when all they are used for is slow moving of trailers used to build or repair the freeways here. Nobody sleeps in these trucks, they park here in this lot and are dispersed to the work site each night. This was a 1/4 mile from where we were sitting but it drew my attention because of the way things just didn't fit. My guess is that the purchasing agent for the construction company found a great deal on some used or rebuilt trucks and the fact that they are green or that they had a sleeper was irrelevant and the reduced price out weighed the additional equipment or color disparity.
More knitting content here.
Welcome back to those of you who skipped ahead. Do you read the cliff notes too?
Back to my point here, I have changed over to Continental and like Leanne from "To Knit Is Divine" said with such eloquence, "You'll knit like the wind when it stops feeling like your knitting with your toes"
I have along way to go before I'm NOT feeling like I'm knitting with my toes but it's slowly coming along. It like I'm starting all over again. A newbie once again. One discovery I have made is that I love the Knit Picks Options more and more because the reduced drag. My poor wooden needles are all nervous as they see me with the nickle plated conquerors of yarn.