I am a thrower. Always have been, would rather not be.
But I’ve never been willing to make the time to practice picking. When I knit, I want to Make. Something. Swatch? Fine for gauge, but I make them as small as I reasonably can.
So taking the time to (gasp) practice! something really messes with my long list of things to knit. At the same time, though, I realize that if I would just take the time to practice knitting Continental, I just might be able to knit everything else faster.
You know what? My I dreamed a dream hat is perfect for practice. I have a skillion skeins of the yarn and I’m clearly not using them for the project they were purchased for. I’d love, eventually, to set up an Etsy shop, and these hats (and matching cowls!) are quick and easy.
If you look closely, you can see where I switched from throwing to picking.
My assessment so far? 1. I need to find a better way to hold the yarn. It is, shall we say, NOT too loose the way I have been holding it. Figuring out how to hold the yarn has been my main barrier to Continental knitting every since I learned how to knit in middle school. 2. Continental knitting is much gentler on my fingers. I haven’t poked any holes in my fingers while knitting this hat since switching to Continental.