I thought since the Emily Dickinson shawl is garter stitch that it’d be a good time to learn to knit Continental. The fastest knitters are usually knitting Continental style. Like Mariam Tegels, she’s in the Guinness Book of World Records.
I’m a Thrower, not a Picker – which is what Continental knitters are called. Instead of having my ball of yarn on my right side and throwing the yarn around the right hand needle with my right hand each stitch, a Picker keeps the yarn on her left side and using her right needle deftly scoops or picks up the working yarn as it is wrapped and held in her left hand. If this is confusing the best place to see what I mean is here.
In my present state I can’t explain it.
I don’t want to explain it.
I want to stop doing it and not think about it.
My gauge is all shot to hell. The stitches won’t slide on the needle. I just can’t continue. But first I have to fix a dropped stitch that happened while I was trying to be slick and cool and fast with Cont… you know – that other type of knitting.
The only thing that’s saving my sanity is remembering the cow this photo that I took on a nearby dirt road earlier today. It’s hot and sticky here in Oklahoma and apparently the cows are pretending they’re water buffalo to keep their sanity. When you’re in a state of panic – like I am – anything can be funny.