Monday, June 08, 2009

Knit One, Purl How?

I spent part of the weekend at my very first ever knitting class. The local yarn shop in the area was having a one day workshop on continental knitting. In continental knitting, you throw your yarn with the left hand, whereas in American knitting you throw with the right. Continental knitting ends up to be faster but more importantly will let me knit without stressing my hand with the tendinitis issues.

In the process, I learned that I have been purling wrong My mom taught me to knit when I was little. I'm sure she taught me correctly. But somewhere between learning as a kid and picking it up again in college I somehow mis-remembered how to wrap the yarn in a purl. Who knew? The great thing is that this simultaneously solves a bunch of tension issues I've been having with my knitting in general.

The class was a lot of fun and would have been worth it just for the purl correction. But the continental part was really a lot easier than I expected and it really is faster. I will probably go back to this shop for another class later on.

On the needles right now are a hat made from Peace Fleece with owly cables and an easy afghan from my frogged Homespun sweater.

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