Now I’ve really got it! I’ve had a breakthrough. After my last posting, in true shut-the-gate-after-the-horses-are-loose fashion, I thought I’d scrounge around the net and watch some fair isle videos. What insight! What inspiration!
It seems a great secret has been heretofore withheld from me. There are knitters who knit with two colors at the same time, English with the main color, Continental style with the contrast yarn! I am proud to count myself among them. The results have been stunning. Absolutely no tension problems because I am tensioning to knit with my left, rather than just carry.
First hang-up was, of course, that I am not a Continental knitter. I’ve tried before (see “Doing the Continental”) but have never been able to catch on. This time I was doubly determined. Dreaming of the day when I could quit dropping one yarn and picking up the other, I forced myself, all thumbs, to knit left-handed. Looking like a child tangled in its sticky, squeaky first knitting project, I picked up a simple piece I currently have on the needles. The Irish Birthday Cardigan is an easy knit, a basic combination of knit, purl and twist stitches. I figured that, even if I dropped a few it would be simple enough to pick them back up again. When I say I forced myself, I mean I FORCED myself. When, after two or three hours (felt like a year) I squealed aloud with delight “I’m DOING it! I’m knitting with my left hand!” my sleeping (left-handed) fella groggily replied, “What? I do everything with my left hand.” This did not remove the wind from my sails, I’m happy to say! I knitted myself to sleep, Continentally
Having smugly said that…It is -8F in Prince Edward County today. This is the coldest weather I’ve experienced in over 12 years. I will not go outside. Now I realize that there was method to my recent stash-enrichment activities of late. My poor, hairless dog was forced to go out doors looking like this today, wearing one of my old sweaters.
It was embarrassing for both of us. I’m so glad I have this laying around, and in Teddy’s power colors too! I guess you know what I’m doing today.