I was taught by my Mom, which means that I am home taught. If your story is similar to mine than you probably have a very good picture of what made me write down this list!
Learning a new virtue is a sort of initiation- an initiation into a club of people from all around the world who love and practice the same craft. We may all be speaking different languages but, move it-squeeze it-fold it , we eventually find the mutual language. The reason -we all know the magic!
But the fact is, the moment we gain that precious knowledge, we instantly start thinking that everyone else is doing everything exactly the same as we do and we are convinced that, if we could only shout loud enough for the whole world to hear us : "make one twisted stitch", at least 45 millions of knitters from around the world would instantly do the same thing - make a twisted stitch and make exactly as we would.
Yet, it turns out that the things don't work like that at all. Soon enough we learn that some knitters do not hold the yarn the same way you do; that some other knitters finish their work at the point where we usually begin or that knowing to turn the heel does not mean that we can knit every single sock there is.
Finally, sooner or later, we face the ultimate shocking truth- that our normal knit stitch is considered twisted in almost 50% of all the countries you know of (the less countries you know of, the less you suffer! ). Other knitters knit through the opposite loop all the time and call it normal??? Oh, give me a break! You might have just s well told me that they breathed air and drank water!
But, the truth is - everyone should have their own style- because, like it or not - what we're dealing with here is not just a craft, it's the ART od knitting.
So, consider this post to be the result of my decision to come out with all the secrets about my knitting or at least with all the facts that I can think of at the moment!
- I'm a right handed knitter (that's shocking, i know!)
- I knit using the Eastern Uncrossed Style (or Eastern European Style as it is sometimes called) and I always knit into the back of the stitch
- I hold the yarn with my left hand and never wrap it around my finger(s) (except when crocheting), instead I hold it between fingers
- A twisted stitch (tbl stitch), in my case, means «through the front of the loop»
- I always knit bottom to top (I prefer starting from nothing over
- I always make swatches
- I was fully equiped when I first started knitting because my mother too is a knitter
- I inherited most of my needles
- I own a very old 1,5mm set of semi-DPNs with a crochet hook on one side
and a knitting needle on the other used for old-fashioned sock-knitting. This set belonged to my maternal grandmother
- I own only one pair of wooden (circular) needles and I got them as a gift, other needles are all made from stainless steel/INOX
- I NEVER use straight needles- they're too heavy (I use circular needles instead)
- I own cable needles of all sizes but I barely ever use them (I manage)
- I don't use stitch markers
- I keep my needles in: vases, mugs and in funny looking peanut cans
- I never know where my 4,5mm circular needles are
- I think there should be a second pair of 4,5mm circular needles somewhere in the house but no one has ever seen both pairs at the same time- that pair is my Loch Ness monster among needles
- My favourite needle size is 4mm
- It took me 7 years to start knitting with DPNs and now I can't live without them
- All DPN sets I own are 20cm (8' ') long
- All women in my familiy oer the past (at least) hundred years were knitters . Most of them knitted only socks.
- My late grandmother was a sock knitter. She was also the one who taught my mother how to knit. The only thing my mother never learned from her was- how to knit a pair of socks.
- I learned how to knit and crochet from my Mom
- I didn't learn how to make socks from my mother because she doesn't know how to make socks
- It took me nearly 7 years of serious knitting to start working on my
first pair of socks and I had to search for explanations in a book
- No one in my family learns how to knit from a book- we inherit it
- I use only one cast on method (though I'm familiar with quite a few methods) - it has been used in my family for decades
- The cast on method I use is similar to Long tail only mine has got an additional step which causes the stithes to appear in pairs
- The cast on method I use does not alow me to start working on most
patterns right away because, once the stitches are cast on, I'm facing the wrong side of the work
- I always use the same cast off method (with knitting needles)
- I love making cable patterns
- I enjoy working with fuchsia and red yarns
- I love earth shades
- I love the "hairy" touch of mohair on my fingers
- I can knit with a crochet hook
- I like knitting free style
- I barely ever copy-paste the whole project from a magazine onto my needles
- The only thing I'd rather buy than knit is stranded colourwork
- I usually get all tangled up in yarn when I try to work with more than one colour
- I don't wear hats but I like making hats! So, I make them for other people
- I can successfully chase down a drifting dropped stitch for more than 20 rows
- I find unraveling patterns a lot more interesting than Suddoku
- I like making patterns
- I like adding crochet edgings to my knitted pieces
- I like 2k,2p ribbing better than 1p,1k
- I measure the tension of my fabric with a small ruler with cartoon characters on it (It's serious business!)
- I love crochet but, from a phase of fascination with that craft I somehow slipped into another, completely opposite phase: now I would like to knit everything that is commonly made with a crochet hook
- I decorate my crochet hooks and needle holders with nail polish (that's the artist in me!)
- I never break the yarn with scisors- instead I use a lighter (i like the smell of burning yarn. I like open fire! I'm not a dangerous person!)
- I tend to learn as much as I can about different knitting techniques but I generaly only use one
- I love to read about the history of knitting
- I find ethnic clothing very inspiring
- I adore Slavic embroidery, weaving, ornamental knitting and lacing
- I'm in love with Russian shawls from Orenburg
- I want to own one of them
- I also intend to make (at least) one
- I own an enormous collection of knitting magazines and books published within the past 30+ years
- Some of these magazines are older than me
- Some of the babies in my magazines are probably of the same age as my parents
- I have found a picture of a baby from one of my old magazines printed in the early '80. again in 2006. He was still only 3 months old.
- The magazines I own are in 6 different languages
- I can, basically, knit in 6 languages
- When I was a kid I used to "decorate" the ladies in knitting magazines with a pen. None of them has ever left my hands without at least one black tooth
- I still buy knitting and crochet magazines
- My favourite magazine is Verena in German although I don't understand a single word in it
- My grandmother loved sharing her pattern charts with her neighbours. At the same time- she didn't like sharing patterns with them. So she cheated! Her philosophy was simple - always make a chart when they ask you to! Then add a few mistakes. When they come back to complain, just say- OH, my, how could have I missed that?! Then write down another pattern with new mistakes.
- I think most editors cheat – I have to make a correction in every third chart (my grandmother has had a lot of influence on them)
- One year I ruined the shade on one of my IKEA lamps and had to make a new one. I decided to knit it. The very next year IKEA decided to steal my idea!
- I don't knit in public- drug addicts never consume ilegal substances in public
- I don't mind asking strange people to show me their sweater
- Sometimes, when I run out of wool wash I use shampoo to wash my sweaters and shawls but I have never washed my hair with a liquid wool wash (yet!)
- I usually straighten my recycled yarn under a hot shower
- When I knit- I knit! No distractions, please!
- I used to make pocket money from knitting when I was a student
- I hate it when people tell me- «Lucky you- you can make yourself a sweater!» Well, why don't you learn how to do it?! It's not as if I was born that way!
- I sometimes make buttons and decorative needles for my projects
- I want to become a spinner
- I'm searching for wool rowing (or sheep, whichever)
- Each time I ask someone if there is a sheep farm in our county, I'm given a phone number of a goat farm!
- Each time I say "These are goats, not sheep", I get the same answer: "Is it such a big difference, they're hairy too, aren't they?"
- I want to knit a sweater with the wool of a black sheep. I would name it after ME!
Could be continued...