Just a warning, I'll probably be adding other things into this blog besides knitting ... stuff like thoughts, events, and everyday (and not so everyday) happenenings in my life - achievements and frustrations, :) ... sometimes it just is nice to put them down on paper for others to read :D ... I do love writing!
My mother taught me how to knit 'english' style in my youth, but became disillusioned with the tediousness of the 'throw, pick up needle, make stitch, drop needle, throw, pick up needle, etc.', of english knitting and so did far more crocheting than knitting ... but crocheting has it's limitations and tends to be bulkier than I like (clothing garmets - I LOVE crocheted doilies, table cloths, afghans, and similar items).
My mom and I are great pals, and I was chatting with her about how I wished there was an easier way to knit. Little did I know that SHE had seen a PBS (I believe?) show demonstrating Continental style knitting. After some searching, I have discovered that knitting can be AMAZINGLY quick, and FUN!! I'm now completely taken with it.
Had I known the plethora of information on this lovely method of knitting I would have been knitting up a storm YEARS ago! The internet is such an amazing tool and with little effort I have discovered a whole new world of tutorials, patterns, and like-minded knit-aholics like myself little did I know that the internet is so thoroughly saturated with 'knit-aholics' and vast resources of information online about this simple style of knitting.
After some false starts, I'm currently knitting a simple 44"x60" throw (find the pattern HERE. It isn't quite big enough to be called an afghan, but it IS warm and I am more than 2/3 done with it. I'm knitting faster each pattern row completed, and it is looking lovely ... more on my progress, and the finished design later.