30DOC: New Skills

With not much time left in June, I’m just going to pick some topics from this series and do them as I feel inclined.

Life itself is a learning experience and I believe opportunities to develop new skills — whether it’s personally, professionally or creatively — come to us everyday.

Would it surprise you if I said the person who knitted:

knitted

as recently as yesterday?

Although I know I knit them, they don’t even look like they both came from the same hand, especially in the order that they did come.  This, however is not an exaggeration or a trick.  I really did knit both pieces — doing the Feather and Fan lace sample a few months after I learned to knit and the green — I don’t know what you’d call that — yesterday.  What does all this have to do with learning a new skill?  Let me tell you.  🙂

If you’ve been on this blog long enough, you’ll hear me say often — I’m a slow knitter.  I’m learned to throw and my throwing method is the slower of the two alternatives.  That is, I release my right hand needle, move the yarn over the left needle with my hand (instead of flicking with my index finger) in order to create stitches.  

I finish stuff but not fast enough or let me say — not as fast as I’d like to.   To that end, I’ve decided to learn the continental method of knitting.  

The hand movements are precise and more efficient, resulting in faster knitting.   The purl stitch looks crazy, but I even tried that last night. 😀  If you look at the green swatch closely, between all the dropped and wrecked stitches, you can see a little teeny tiny bit of stockinette stitch peeping out in the middle of the sample.

Now some might say “what’s the big deal?  You can knit already, why go through this?  They might be right, but I want to do this for me.  I put it on the list of things I wanted to complete in knitting this year and I think by the end of summer’s dog days, I should have a rhythm and be able to do it faster, having beautifully finished pieces instead of a replica of that green monster above.  😀

That said, what are you?  Are you a thrower or a picker?