I decided to teach myself how to knit continental-style today. I've got the knits down, but I think I'm twisting my purl stitches. Maybe I'm wrapping the yarn the wrong way... I'm using the videos at KnittingHelp.com to guide me along.
Let's focus on the good! The strangest thing is getting my left hand to get used to performing fine motor-functions. This can only be a good thing, I'm sure. I notice my little finger doesn't get much exercise when typing, so perhaps knitting while allow it to join the ranks of useful fingers. I'm hoping that getting this figured out will lead the way to some fair isle work. I don't think I'll get the "reindeer in a tutu" sweater done this year, though.
The weather in Juárez has suddently turned very cold. While fumbling through the box of winter clothes, I realized that I have no scarves for myself; I gave them all away. No one ever told me it occasionally snows in the Chihuahuan Desert.
I've been going through my stitch dictionary to find something with an interested texture. I have been eyeing the staggard brioche rib, but I do love a moss stitch scarf (pictured left).
I've never knitted the staggared brioche rib before, but it certainly looks nice in pictures. When I knit up a swatch, I'll post a picture because I can't find one online to share.
In addition to something nice looking and warm, this scarf will also be the project I force myself to knit entirely continental style. I hope I speed up soon or I'm going to be a cold boy for awhile. I also want an ear hat with flaps, something like this one, but I'm still searching through patterns to hack up. I'm thinking of throwing in a motif or mosaic pattern to spice it up.
What I'd really like is for my knitting fairy to appear and make this all by morning... Brr!