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« Reply #90 on: April 11, 2006 06:41:04 PM »

1.Where do you live?
Milpitas, California, USA

2.What style do you prefer?
English 'thrower'

3.Who taught you how to knit? (do you know their lineage?)
I was taught the basics by my grandmother and mother, both are ethnic Chinese.

4. Have you tried, successfully or not, to change styles throughout your knitting life? If yes, why?

Nope.  Lips sealed
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« Reply #91 on: April 11, 2006 07:51:54 PM »

1.Where do you live?
Eastern USA

2.What style do you prefer?
Continental

3.Who taught you how to knit? (do you know their lineage?)
My best friend (also an American)- she taught me English style

4. Have you tried, successfully or not, to change styles throughout your knitting life? If yes, why?
Yes- as I said above, I learned English first, then taught myself continental.  I changed because I can knit faster that way.  I use english if I'm knitting fairisle (which, to be honest, I haven't done in quite some time), because then I can use both hands.
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« Reply #92 on: April 15, 2006 09:32:09 PM »

1.Where do you live?
south san francisco, ca

2.What style do you prefer?
i knit continental and english.  i prefer continental when it's straight knit/purl, but for complex texture work, i knit english.  i can knit for longer periods of time continentally.

3.Who taught you how to knit? (do you know their lineage?)
i took a class from my local rec center.  she was caucasian/American.

4. Have you tried, successfully or not, to change styles throughout your knitting life? If yes, why?
i changed because i think i'm going to soon get carpel tunnel and i love learning new techniques.
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« Reply #93 on: April 16, 2006 03:54:04 AM »

1.Where do you live?
Indiana, USA

2.What style do you prefer?
English - I don't drop my yarn though


3.Who taught you how to knit? (do you know their lineage?)
I learned from books and www.knittinghelp.com for visuals

4. Have you tried, successfully or not, to change styles throughout your knitting life? If yes, why?
I've learned continental but cannot stitch as fast because I don't feel that I can control the yarn to my liking. So I've learned to knit back backward (sometimes called knitting with the left needle) my yarn doesn't switch hands and I don't have to turn my work
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« Reply #94 on: April 16, 2006 08:08:41 AM »

1.Where do you live?
Huntington, West Virginia

2.What style do you prefer?
English 'thrower'

3.Who taught you how to knit? (do you know their lineage?)
I taught myself, I didn't really get "GOOD" at it until I found this web site tho!  I contribute most of my learning to you guys!

4. Have you tried, successfully or not, to change styles throughout your knitting life? If yes, why?
Yes, I've just always thought that I was doing it wrong and thought I could knit faster if I "picked" instead of "throw" but I just hate picking, it makes my fingers hurt and the tension is really horrible.  Not to mention the purl stitch is all wonky.
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« Reply #95 on: April 16, 2006 08:38:56 AM »

1.Where do you live?

Calgary, Alberta, Canada

2.What style do you prefer?

Continental

3.Who taught you how to knit? (do you know their lineage?)

My latvian grandma when I was small, then when I picked it up again....I just read out of a book and picked up where I left off. Also, knittinghelp.com was/is a great resource for me too.  Soon, I'll be making latvian mitts.

4. Have you tried, successfully or not, to change styles throughout your knitting life? If yes, why?

I find english awkward and slow. I love purling continental...and knitting in the round. I have schooled a few girls in this method and they gave up the english soon after.
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« Reply #96 on: April 16, 2006 08:51:43 AM »

1.Where do you live?

I come from wisconsin, learned to knit in louisiana after being there for a months, and now live in Oklahoma.

2.What style do you prefer?

Continental

3.Who taught you how to knit? (do you know their lineage?)

I taught myself from SnB

4. Have you tried, successfully or not, to change styles throughout your knitting life? If yes, why?

I tried English first but just couldnt do it, and I try it again every once in a while, but my hands just cant make sense of it.
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« Reply #97 on: April 16, 2006 08:57:54 AM »

1.Where do you live? England
2.What style do you prefer? my own strange style actually derived from english knitting!
3.Who taught you how to knit? (do you know their lineage?) My mum and grandma both helped along the way.They both come from suffolk,england. 4. Have you tried, successfully or not, to change styles throughout your knitting life? If yes, why? no...
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« Reply #98 on: April 16, 2006 09:55:19 AM »

I found it very interesting what was said about English style being the more "graceful" way to knit... I don't really know how it's done, I've only seen BBC -series in which old upper class women knit and it does seem slightly more graceful... Wink

1.Where do you live? Finland
2.What style do you prefer? Continental, although I don't wrap the yarn around my fingers as much as you're supposed to, to get the tension, I just can't be bothered Wink
3.Who taught you how to knit? (do you know their lineage?) My mother first taught me when I was about 6 or 7 years old and a few years later I was taught at school. I've also learned more from books...
4. Have you tried, successfully or not, to change styles throughout your knitting life? If yes, why? No, I haven't. I simply don't know how it works, perhaps I'll try, it would be kind of fun to know how it's done. I have tried to purl the Norwegian way but I felt that I screwed the stitch up too easily if I wasn't really looking at my hands (I prefer to knit while watching TV)  so I figured I'd continue doing it the way I always have. I think the tension thing might be about experience, my first knitted things were all over the place. Gradually my knitting has evolved, nowadays I knit fast and the finished products turn out quite nice -  I have even  received compliments from the old women who went to the same knitting course with me a few years ago... Cheesy
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« Reply #99 on: April 16, 2006 10:44:31 AM »

1.Where do you live? Southern California
2.What style do you prefer? Continental
3.Who taught you how to knit? (do you know their lineage?) my former boss who is South African taught me English style (my mom tried to teach me when i was a kid, but i didn't have the patience
4. Have you tried, successfully or not, to change styles throughout your knitting life? If yes, why?  i decided to try Continental since i was reading a lot of websites and books on learning to knit (i needed to reinforce the basics my boss taught me) and i just found that Continental seemed to flow better for me.  If it makes me knit any faster, it's not by much because i am a slow knitter.  i just like the motion of having the yarn in my left hand and using the right needle to pick up the yarn.  i didn't like English style where i felt like i had to drop the right needle from my hand to pick up the yarn with it.  i've heard of other people knitting really fast with the English style though.
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