knit one, purl . . . how do you purl again?

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I grew up seeing the ladies around me crocheting.

I was fascinated by the speed and expertise that they used those unassuming needles to create the most intricate patterns.

I wanted in.

So my mother tried to teach me. Then my grandmother tried to teach me.

But I just couldn’t get it.

Maybe it was because I was a lefty surrounded by a right-handed world. It all seemed very unnatural to me.

I was relegated to making my little scarves with one of those weird knitting contraptions.

It just wasn’t the same.

getting the knots out

Then a magical thing happened.

In my late 20s, one of my co-worker’s suggested we start a knitting club.

I told her I wanted to join, but I didn’t know how to knit. She said she’d teach me.

Even though I thought it was hopeless, I agreed to join. At least I’d get to be in the presence of knitting greatness. The plan was to meet Fridays at lunch in one of the many boardrooms.

After the first meeting, I learned an easy way to cast-on and the classic knit and purl stitches.

One lesson.

Now I’m not blaming my mom or grandma for not being able to teach me. I was young and restless at the time. And I needed a different way of learning.

Carmina, my knitting guru, saw that I was struggling with the conventional way of knitting. So she showed me another method that was less common, but that would be easier for someone with my extreme lefty-ness.

sandy c knits!

With my new found knowledge, I started knitting a proper scarf. Then another one. And then another one.

I specialize in scarves.

The first one I made was for me and then I started giving them to family and friends. (Apparently, babies don’t wear scarves. How was I to know? Baby Buttercup will get hers in a few years.)

I like to knit one scarf a year, so that I don’t forget the skills that took me so long to learn. That purl stitch can be tricky!

I may never become a knitting aficionado, but that’s okay with me.

Just learning to knit was enough for me to see that when we think we can’t do something, maybe it’s because we haven’t found the way that works for us.

Update: The style of knitting that I learned that works for me as a lefty is called Continental Knitting.