On Saturday, we had the Yarn Harlot out to our guild to teach a full day workshop on Knitting Speed and Efficiency. It was an amazing day!
Before the workshop began, we had one of the community center employees stop in to give knitting a try. Stephanie showed him how to knit a stitch or two using my large needles. I'm not so sure he will be taking up knitting any time soon but he was a good sport to give it a try!
Stephanie shared lots of great information about the history of knitting, had us trying various ways of knitting and purling, really reinforced good body position to prevent repetitive strain injuries and was always available for some one on one help.
Along with the picking (continental) and throwing (english) styles of knitting, Stephanie had us give the Portuguese style of knitting a try. The working yarn goes around your neck and you work only purl stitches with the yarn in your left hand. Yes, that's right, just purl sts. Once Stephanie pointed out that I was wrapping the yarn around my needle backwards (ooops!) it was really easy and quick to do.
From Portegues knitting we moved onto Lever Knitting. This is something that isn't mastered in one day of instruction (or a couple more days of practicing at home!). You have to change up how you hold the yarn and needles but with lots of practice (I'm not giving up) you can greatly increase the speed at which you knit.
An alternative way to hold your right hand needle when Lever Knitting is to use a knitting belt; all of us gave it a try. It is definitely a different way to knit!
If you haven't been to one of Stephanie's workshops I highly recommend it. We all had a great day. Stephanie is so knowledgeable, has a great teaching style and is super funny. We are already looking forward to having her back for another workshop!