So I’ve been working on Eunny Jang’s Endpaper Mitts. It’s a pretty involved two color project, worked in the round, and I’m doing both at once on two circs (see the picture below).
Since nothing is ever complicated enough, I’ve decided to use this opportunity to try a new technique.
I have a vague suspicion that when I first started knitting (ages ago) I learned English style (holding the working yarn in the right hand, along with the front needle). Like many people, I re-taught myself as an adult, and at that time I learned Continental style (holding the working yarn in the left hand and the front needle in the right). It cuts down the number of movements per stitch and goes faster.
As you can guess from the names of the two styles, each is associated with a particular region and history. According to Elizabeth Zimmerman there have been class prejudices associated with the styles, and she describes having been chided for knitting Continental style as a child, in a way I’d find hard to believe if not for some experiences with my daughter’s elementary school teachers. (No, you do NOT have to master phonics in kindergarten, just trust me on this one).
Anyway, Zimmerman, and a lot of other people, have recommended knitting both at once for two color work, so I’ve been using this as a practice project for that. Knitting Help has videos for both methods, which I’ve found pretty useful. So far I’m getting a lot out of it.