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« on: February 10, 2009 02:59:44 PM »

So my sister and I were hanging out on a lazy Tuesday afternoon and discussing knitting talents. I mentioned that if I could have a knitting superpower I would have monkey feet, and be able to knit two projects at the same time. She responded that it would be totally possible to knit with your feet. However, google and youtube have given us NOTHING!

So, anyone friends with an armless knitter?

Seriously. What are other strange feats of knitting (i.e. knitting in the dark or blind, knitting one handed, knitting backwards, knitting contiental, knitting intars- wait, those last two are techniques I just haven't mastered yet...) have you heard about or encountered?

Let's start a sideshow!
« Reply #1 on: February 10, 2009 04:52:41 PM »

I knit continental style because that is how I was taught.  I have also knitted in the bath (simply to prove that it was possible  Grin), And cos I have knitted in the car while on a long drive (well OH was doing the actual driving) overnight, I have knitted very simple stuff (a dishcloth) in the dark.  It had surprisingly few mistakes but was only garter-stitch.

I have heard of people walking and knitting but haven't mastered that myself yet, I might try it at some point as I don't really need to look at what I am knitting if it is simple.

Knitting with your feet?  I don't see why not.  Some people can paint/write/draw with their feet, so why not knit?
« Reply #2 on: February 10, 2009 06:16:54 PM »

Hee, I knit in the bath a few weeks ago. It wasn't exactly ideal. I'm still trying to develop a better method because a long hot bath and some knitting sounds like a pretty good night to me.

After I figure out the above method I'll perfect something that holds a book in front of me so I can read and knit. Such lofty dreams...
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« Reply #3 on: February 10, 2009 06:38:30 PM »

I like the sound of knitting in a bath, but I'm clumsy and like boil-a-lobster baths...I'd end up with a wet, half felted project dunked in bubble bath!
« Reply #4 on: February 11, 2009 06:24:03 AM »

There's GOT to be a one armed knitter out there. I almost lost my arm a few years back (long story), and I don't like the idea that there are complete skills out there that a one armed person can't do at all. If the person stabilized one needle between the legs or with some sort of holder, wouldn't they technically only need the one hand to wrap the yarn?

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« Reply #5 on: February 11, 2009 06:59:47 AM »

There was a discussion a few months ago about disabled knitters, and I believe the consensus was that people with one arm use their thighs, or if they've got part of their other arm, then that armpit, to hold one needle, and do the actual knitting with the other hand.  The Nifty Knitter (Knifty Knitter?) is also great for disabled folks, though I know that wasn't the question asked.

I personally find the lady who knits with needles so large they resemble PVC pipes is pretty outrageous!

As is the lady who knit the sweaters for the movie Coraline...she used the tiniest DPN's and thread for those, so they'd fit the miniatures and still look life-scale.

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« Reply #6 on: February 11, 2009 04:12:36 PM »

I know a lady who can knit with one hand, she has no left hand.. she holds the needle under her left arm and knits with her right hand..
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« Reply #7 on: February 11, 2009 04:21:55 PM »

I loved Coraline's blue sweater with the stars...that's amazing that she was able to knit them on tiny dpns. I didn't think about how they got made...
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« Reply #8 on: February 23, 2009 11:34:29 AM »

I can knit while walking around, I keep the yarn under my right arm or in my sweatshirt pocket. I can even do that with DPNs in the round. I can also knit seed stitch and ribbing in the dark or while reading, I check to see if I've messed up by feel.
« Reply #9 on: February 24, 2009 03:23:06 PM »

I knit while I walk sometimes, but I have been able to knit while I read.  It just takes patience because you have to turn the page every so often.

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