Wednesday, October 18, 2006

My Knitting Epiphany

For some reason I got it into my head that I ought to watch some of those videos on

My realizations in no particular order:

I've been purling wrong the whole time. Way to go Bezzie!

I don't hold my yarn all twisty around my fingers. Weird.

I've got a lot of respect for English-style knitters. Woah.


Blogger LadyLungDoc said...

Wow, and here I thought that English style was considered Continental's slightly backward, bucktoothed cousin.

Not that I have any intentions to learn to knit Continental style, thankyouverymuch.

So how WERE you purling? You stuff looks OK in photos.

12:07 AM  
Blogger cpurl17 said...

Ditto what ladylungdoc said. And, no matter how you were purling, ti seems to work just fine!!

12:27 AM  
Blogger Rain said...

Your knitting has always looked just fine to me.

I remember the first time I ever saw continental knitting, a little old Austrian lady was trying to teach me to knit socks, I just looked and thought WTF? Which is exactly how she looked at me when I took over and started knitting English style.

2:25 AM  
Blogger turtlegirl76 said...

What somerset said. What's so impressive about English knitting? Continental mesmerizes me. I can't do it to save my life, but it's really amazing for me to watch. How were you purling anyway?

8:25 AM  
Blogger Bezzie said...

I was wearing my twisted-stitch Soleil yesterday--so yes, I was purling wrong. Here I thought I was knitting wrong. Nope. I was purling through the back loop and not the front loop!
Eh, it only took me a year to figure out what I was doing wrong!

8:28 AM  
Blogger The Fluffy Ewe said...

I don't hold my yarn all twisty around my fingers either, Bezz. I loop it over my index finger and get tension from the yarn getting pinched in that area where the fingers mee the palm. I get even stitches this way so why fix what ain't broke. :)

I would also like to learn Continental style. I think purling would be easier that way. I know some use continental for purling and english for kntting.

8:35 AM  
Blogger Tactless Wonder said...

My older brother busted my left shoulder back when we were about 8 & 9, or there abouts. I cannot dribble a basketball, hold a paper/plastic cup at a non-crushing/slipping grip, or tension my yarn the way they say to with my left hand. You adapt.

No one's complained about my knitting looking funny yet!

8:52 AM  
Blogger Sherry W said...

IMO it's just the other side of the fence. I knit English because I'm used to it, but I taught myself continental to do stranded knitting two handed.

Purling is actually tricker with continental, and something like seed st would be a bear (IMO). However, I'd say for straight knitting it's much faster.

8:56 AM  
Blogger YarnNinja said...

I don't hold my yarn all twisty like that either. Can't, it gives my fingers cramps in the worst way that I have to massage out.

The videos on that site rock. It is where I go first, usually, since I need to actually see the technique in action to truly get it.

Haley, aka Krysstyllanthrox

10:12 AM  
Blogger Starfish said...

I love that site. Since I taught myself from a book, I went there to make sure no one would laugh at me in public. I even used it to learn how to do a yarn over (duh). You were purling through the back loop? How on earth? Have you doubled your knitting speed now?

11:02 AM  
Blogger Sarah said...

Another reason I only go there if I need help.

Don't wanna get all confuzzled and stuff.

I like my knitting just fine the way it is!

(There was a woman at Taos that remembered me from another woolfest because of the "unusual" way I spin, and I'm just glad there isn't Spinning Help to confuzzle me on that....)

12:09 PM  
Blogger Karen said...

Don't you know there is no right and wrong? So you were purling thru the back adds more texture to your FO's. Now you can do it the other way, or keep doing it the way you were. Either way is fine.

(I wrapped my knit stitches "wrong" for almost 2 years before someone pointed it out to me....)

I wrap my working yarn around my left pointer finger...and it sticks out funny when I knit, but hey, it makes me happy. :)

1:11 PM  
Anonymous Kristin said...

I wish I could knit Continental--I've tried but no luck, I think my brain's just wired not to change.

So are you going purl "correctly" now?

2:39 PM  
Blogger Stacie said...

I tried to knit cont. style, for about 5 minutes! too hard!! and that's weird about the purling!! you're a freak!! ;D xoxo

4:20 PM  
Blogger Stacie said...

ok, me again! Have you seen the Knitty Surprise??

I think you may have inspired this!!

4:35 PM  
Blogger OldLadyPenPal said...

Ok, I purl wrong, too. I hsould make a video, a you tube, and people would scratch their heads in awe and perplexation.

Also, that new Swedish fashion of knititng she put up just made my brain wiggle like spaghetti and jello. In the same bowl.

7:07 PM  
Blogger KnitterBunny said...

Ha! I don't purl like that either. I use my thumb to bring the yarn up over and then down and around to pop the purl stitch onto the needle. Then I push the needle back through the old stitch and slide it off. See, we're all a little different. :)

8:55 AM  

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