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After 40 years of trying to learn left-handed knitting.
Created By: Jennifer Lewis

After 40 years of trying to learn to knit left-handed, I finally gave up! My grandmother and mother are both right-handed. I am the only left-handed person in my family. Everyone has tried to teach me to knit. I remember sitting across my mother and grandmother trying to mimick their movements to no avail. I started crocheting when I was little because I could do that left-handed, but I never could follow the patterns. When I married, I found myself wanting to do more with yarn. I made myself figure out the patterns and became an expert crocheter. I wanted more. I wanted to knit. I started taking lessons, but all of the instructors were right-handed and I soon became frustrated all over. I never gave up....until last year. I pickup a pair of needles and started to teach myself to knit right-handed. I found it was so much easier than trying to do it left-handed. When I crochet left-handed, I hold the yarn strand with my right hand. This feels very natural to me. When I tried to knit left-handed, I had to hold the yarn strand with my left hand. This felt awkward and I never could get use to it. I discovered this was the cause of my failure. Knitting right-handed allows me to hold the yarn where it feels most comfortable...in my right hand. While there are some stitches that are more difficult to do, I have hung in there and now knit to my heart's content. I knit for my family and friends. I also found a head scarf pattern that works up quick. It is my favorite pattern. I have made lots of these for giving away to whoever wants one. I take my knitting and crocheting with me everywhere I go. I always have something to do with my hands. I hate having idle hands.



Thanks to Lion Brand for filling up my yarn closet! My husband says I have an addiction to yarn. I guess it is true. Whenever I see Lion Brand yarn on sale, I load up. I have enough yarn to last a lifetime and more. I love making things with yarn. It never ceases to amaze me how you can manipulate yarn into intricate pieces of clothing or items with just a piece or two of wood (or metal). Not to mention relieve a day's worth of stress in the process.



I am so happy that after all these years, I finally realized my dream of knitting. I feel blessed to have a talent for crafts and especially crocheting and knitting. I hope that others can find the peace I feel when working yarn through your hands.


 
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