Since finishing last week's knitting marathon, I have enjoyed taking things at a more leisurely pace. To that end, I have started reading the Yarn Harlot's blog from it's inception in January 2004. Besides giving me reason to laugh like crazy and also causing hours of time to mysteriously disappear, the Harlot's blog has also had me thinking about deep knitting related questions.
First, 2004 was BR (Before Ravelry). What a different place the world of knitting was then. There was no single online source for patterns, or yarn, or to compare patterns and yarn or even any way to lurk around at what everyone else has knit. Crazy! There also seemed to me a whole lot of novelty yarn going on in 2004. Can't say I'm sorry to have missed that.
Mostly though, I have been left thinking about the way I knit. The Harlot is pretty hard core about knitting with straights. She avoids circulars whenever possible. She says that she uses a method where she hold the right needle static under her arm and uses her hand to only pivot the yarn. Check out here photo here. She also says it is very fast.
Personally, I almost exclusively use circular needles, even it I'm not knitting in the round. In fact, I think I only own three sets of straights. I like having the bulk of my knitting in my lap instead of holding it up with my wrists.
I am a determined knitter. But, truly, I am not very fast. I would actually go as far as to say I plod along. I imagine I look like a very focused Eeyore when I knit.
Of course, then there's knitting continental... a whole other barrel of worms!
Will I get faster in time? Would an attempt to change technique be an exercise in folly? Every time my dad has ever tried to change anything about his golf swing his entire game has gone to hell. I wouldn't want to risk that. I think that my knitting is nice. My stitches are pretty and even. I get the job done... eventually.
But wouldn't it be amazing to be able to knit like this?
I would love to know what you think. What do you prefer: straights or circs?