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Back to the basics

I learned to knit way back when I was a little kid. I still knit exactly the same way--I grab the yarn with my right hand, and I move my whole right hand to wrap it around the needle. This method is so unsophisticated that I don't think it even has a name.


This isn't going to work for the Fair Isle. I already knew that it wouldn't, but I tried it anyway. Aside from making me feel like a big knitting loser, it made a big tangly mess out of the yarn and I found myself spending a lot of time unsnarling things. This weekend I'll try the real way. The way that fills my heart with dread. I'll let y'all know how that goes.

In happier news, I won Angela's stash guessing contest!


Sweet prize, eh? If you can drag your covetous eyes away from the delicious yarn, you will notice that she also sent chocolate and little trial-size samples of things to slather on myself, with scents like chamomile and buttercream—yum! Thanks, Angela!


Elli, you are off to a great start! I felt like a total knitting loser when I first started my fair isle hat. It is finally slowly starting to get easier and feel better. You'll get there, I know it!

I knit the same way (although I didn't learn as a child, so I'm not sure what my excuse is) and have been avoiding fair isle maybe because I am a less-than-graceful knitter.
I hope you figure it out this weekend. :)

mmm, felted tweed! i've been itching to knit with that yarn for a looong time. pretty color too ;)

Hee hee.. don't eat your chocolate all at once now!

What a fabulous prize!!

Nice score! And good luck on Fair Isle-ing, I haven't attempted it yet, so I'm hoping maybe I can pick up some tips from your updates...

I've never felt more clumsy with my right hand than when trying to throw yarn with it! Patience grasshopper :) (and you really want to share that chocolate with me)

Me, too. Whole-right-arm-moving knitter for 27 years now, and I have done plenty of fair isle that looked just fine. Go for it! Just keep the yarn travelling across the back a little looser.