Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Continental style vs. English style Knitting

Watching other people's videos on knitting, I get so envious of those who can knit in the continental style! In my opinion, I think it's faster and more convenient... But I can't seem to get the hang of it.

I learned using the English style 'cause that was the style used in the first tutorial I saw. But after seeing more videos of knitters using the continental style, I just get so crazy about trying to learn it myself.

Why? See how fast this amazing lady knits.

I've read somewhere that the continental style is VERY easy to pick up by knitters who also know how to crochet because they already are used to holding the yarn with their left hand. I do know how to crochet, but though I knit right-handed, I crochet LEFT-handed. *hikbi*

There go my hopes of being a master of the continental style... But I do try it again once in a while. I keep hoping I'd wake up someday comfortably using it.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Sweaty Palm Dilemma

I live in a tropical country and I get sweaty palms easily. This really hinders any smooth knitting and crochet work. The yarns gets stuck along your fingers and it isn't fun.

I searched online for some tips about how to deal with sweaty hands while knitting and crocheting. Here are some tips:

-Lightly powder your fingers before working. --I've tried this and it feels weird. Not too effective for me, personally.

-Wash your hands every once in a while to remove sweat and oil. --I like doing this, but here in my country, we believe it's not good to wash your hands while they are tired; doing so will aggravate the sweaty-palms syndrome :))

-Work in an air-conditioned room or right in front of an electric fan. --This works best for me, but I don't always work in the same convenient places all the time.

I'm trying to complete a scarf for my friend who's leaving for Spain very soon and I've been struggling all afternoon with my sweaty hands. I couldn't do any of the three tips I mentioned above though.

In desperation, I tried dabbing my fingers with a piece of tissue to soak up the sweat (gross, sorry). I then realized that it might be a good idea to keep the tissue wrapped around my pinky finger to see if it will let the yarn move more smoothly.

Lo and behold, it does work for me. Yay.

Sometimes, common sense doesn't really seem too common. :))