Wednesday, 17 April 2013

My attempts on left handed knitting


I grew up in a tropical climate; so knitting was not something I often saw, but crochet I have seen plenty. My grandmother knows how to crochet and so was an aunt of mine. I used to watch my grandmother making crochet lace to use as edging for blouses and slips, doilies, table cloth etc. I so wanted to learn; my grandmother tried teaching me the basic chain but I never got  the hang of it, me being left handed may have been the reason.


When I came to live here,one of the things I wanted, was to learn either to knit or crochet. It was fascinating for me to see ladies knitting/crocheting while taking bus/train. Since, no one was really able to teach me, and I did not come across any left handed knitters,[I used to sit and watch a  group of ladies who did knitting/crocheting in my building] it was suggested that I find instructions for left handed knitters.

So, I found Susan Bates guide book which has special instructions for left handed knitters and with help from those ladies I met, {a very BIG thank you them} I started...... Oh! how many times I had to rip and start all over again....knit, purl ..knit purl :)


This is the first project on the book [a vest] which I am keeping as a souvenir. I know it has mistakes such as missed loops and not even tension.


The red one is the first scarf I did, now almost 9 years old, also in my pile of souvenirs .



Here are few of the other scarves I did over the years. I have worn them quite a lot. I have done some for my friends and family too. But I never ventured into other projects as I found instructions little too complicated to read and I would become frustrated while trying to do so.  

Although, I have limited  my knitting to scarves, I still have crocheting in my  'todo' list :)

Thank you for stopping by,

Until next time,

xxx,
Gaia





4 comments:

  1. it is good that left handers can now get instructions, it must be so frustrating otherwise, Plenty of scarves you have done, I find knitting is too painful to the knuckles but can do crochet and needle tatting, problems following instructions though.

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  2. You really did a lot of scarves and beautiful they are.
    Thanks for stopping by. Interesting: Left hand knitting - I never thought about that.

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  3. This is wonderful Gaia! I'm so glad you tried your hand at knitting. I know how frustrating the instructions can be (even for right-handers like me). It seems everyone has a slightly different terminology for their stitches. I get so far in a pattern and then I get stuck on something and cannot figure it out! My mom was left-handed, but she knit right-handed, but she seemed quite comfortable with it. Your scarves all look beautiful, and I like how you embellished some of them with your embroidery :) Hat are fairly easy to knit too, and if you feel like giving double-pointed needles a try it becomes even easier. Good luck with your future knitting, and with crochet!! Wendy

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    1. Thank you,Wendy. I did start a hat from one of patterns that come with yarn [an easy one] got stuck when it came to shaping the top. I will give it try again :)

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