Thursday, April 03, 2014

It Clicked

The light bulb went on last night. The blockage has been cleared from my brain.


 By George, I've got it!


You wouldn't believe how much effort and starting over again I did just to get this point last night, but no matter. I've done it! I knew I could. I also knew it would be something someone says or shows me that would open the floodgates and let the knitting ability flow into my body in a huge gush. This is why I have asked over and over again for information and suggestions on knitting. I knew this would happen some day.

Danette's response to my questions in the comment section yesterday did it. I knew as soon as I read it...

CONTINENTAL KNITTING!
And "Tail."
And "Throwing Over instead of using the needle."

THE MISSING LINK

So I sat at my computer and searched and watched YouTube videos on how to "Continental Knit Cast On," and how to "Continental Knit Stitch," and how to "Continental Knit Purl."  I tried over and over again until I felt I had it down. 

Then I moved to the bedroom in my happy spot with my doggies and got going. By this time it was already 11:00 pm. I wanted to stay up and knit, knit, knit, but I knew I couldn't because I had to get up this morning for an appointment.

I'm painfully slow. I'm painfully awkward. But I know it's just a matter of repetition before it's second nature and I can knit whatever I want with confidence. That is my goal.

I'm sure I have MUCH more to learn, but I'm off to the races at last! 

20 comments:

  1. OH MY GOSH PAMMY SUE!!!
    I AM SO PROUD OF YOU GIRL!!!!!
    I am doing cartwheels in Illinois....okay...well maybe not...but my spirit sure is!!! :-)))
    I ALWAYS teach every student to knit continental. It is especially easier for someone who is already a crocheter because you just hold your yarn the same way usually so it feels natural to you. There is of course the adjustment to 2 needles instead of 1 hook and a whole lot of live stitches but you will have that down in NO TIME I promise. And I am serious when I say NOBODY CROCHETS BETTER THAN YOU DO so your knitting will be the same. I am sure of it :-)
    Email me if you want and I will give you my phone number and we can text and talk on the phone if that would help. I wish we lived close! I give private knitting and crochet lessons in my home every week. But oftentimes I can talk people through a lot over the phone.
    Happy Knitting!!!
    Danette
    P.S.
    Your beginning knitting is BEAUTIFUL!!!

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  2. P.S.
    Now ~ hurry up and get back from whatever your appointment is so we can see some progress on this knitting...the dogs are waiting to get in position and curl up for a good nap :-)

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  3. Woo hoo!! Congratulations!! I knew you could do it :-) I've looked into the continental knitting also because of the way I hold my hook and yarn when I crochet. I'm glad I'm not the only one.
    Your knitting progress is looking great!

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  4. Good for you! I'm just learning how to knit and I found Continental style to be more natural, maybe because I already know how to crochet. I'm glad you're enjoying yourself!

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  5. Hooray for Pammy Sue!! I want to teach myself to knit Continental before I go any further with my knitting. It seems to much more easy on the hands. I need to practice and practice!!!
    Good job!!!!!
    How did I miss previous post? Buddha is cute!!
    xo Kris

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  6. Congratulations! You are my hero :) I tried to knit before learning to crochet and never got the hang of it and you're my hero because you did whoo whoo!

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  7. Good for you Pammy Sue! It fun and I find knitting very calming. I knew you could do it! Its great have something else to turn to!

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  8. Yay! This is so cool....I knew you could do it! :)

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  9. Hey pammysue sue we can learn together! I'm a beginning knitter too! I have knit baby hats. They were simple cause they were just knit and purl.
    So far all I can do is knit. Purl, yarn over , cast off.
    Pretty basic stuff.

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  10. Congrats!! It's just so wonderful when something comes right, after blood, sweat and tears, eh?! Well done you! Love, Chris x

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  11. That is great Pammy Sue! I just knit a little bit and am painfully slow at it. Hope you are enjoying your day! Heather

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  12. Well done and congratulations Pammy Sue, it's great when something just clicks and you have it. a whole new world has opened up to you. Happy knitting! :) xx

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  13. Isn't fun! I just recently learned continental too and can't wait until I'm confident enough to tackle a lace project. Looking forward to seeing to seeing what you make!

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  14. *C*O*N*G*R*A*T*U*L*A*T*I*O*N*S*!* Pammy Sue! I used to knit with the throw method and then saw someone knitting Continental and then taught myself. It's the BEST thing! Good job, girl!

    ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  15. Congratulations! Learning to knit opens up a whole new world of patterns and possibilities, doesn't it? So nice to have more options!

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  16. Hip, hip, hooray! I knew you could do it Pammy Sue. Knitting so not so hard is it? It takes a bit of patience and practice and then you'll be flying along at record speed.
    Blessings,
    Betsy

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  17. Nice one Pammy Sue its looking real good. I was taught how to knit (very basic) in primary school by a nun just a few years back(right!!!) Long time ago. Haven't knit in years, might just be inspired to now though :)
    Karen x

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  18. Way to go! Nicely done.

    I've just taught myself to knit, too. Crazy!!! I vowed it would never happen... Well, now that I'm looking up your recommended Continental method, it looks like what I've done, too! One thing I read said it's very common for those familiar with crochet because the motion and feeding hand are similar.

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  19. Woo Hoo! Look at that! Amazing. I love me some good knitting.
    hugs,
    Meredith

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  20. Good for you on the knitting. I am a continental knitter. My mom taught me when I was 12 years old. I even hold my crochet hook like a knitting needle cause I learned to knit before I learned to crochet. I never could get the hang of English knitting, throwing that yarn over the needle, besides, the continental way is much faster. You go girl!
    (((HUGS))) Susanne :)

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