Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Going To "Throw" This Out There

I love Knitty Gritty, and the quick tips I pick up. I record all of them, watch each show, and delete the ones I don’t want to keep. Last week Vicki Square (The Knitter’s Companion) was on the “Getting Started” show, which for the most part was perfect for any beginning knitter to watch over and over. THEN, Vicki Square got her mouth running before her brain was in gear. When Vickie Howell asked her if she had always used the Continental style of knitting and if so why, she replied, “Because I like to finish more than one garment per year.” Will somebody escort that lady from the building!!

I, the dyed-in-the-wool (pardon the pun), ultimate, never going to change, English Thrower am offended!! I have tried and no matter what I do I can’t get used to holding the yarn with my left hand, so I throw. AND, here’s the thing, I have finished five pair of socks, a sweater, two scarves and a shawl since January 2005. That’s all hand knitting, and doesn’t even include the machine knitting. It follows that the English Throw style is not so annoyingly slow that Vicki Square should mock it on TV. It was a lot like the sort of inane drivel people utter when they have had too much to drink. The difference is that others DO remember it in the morning!

I don’t understand what the big darn hurry is about! I knit to relax and enjoy the process—what’s the rush? There was recently a lot of blogging about a sweater knitting race that was to prove which participant was the fastest knitter. I admit that I was caught up in the excitement, and if that was fun for them then it’s okay. But don’t go talking bad about my style of knitting, implying that I should knit faster just to join the race. I think everyone should use their own style and their own pace. The important thing is to enjoy the process. No matter how fast you finish, enjoy it! Vicki, that was a no-no.

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