What kind of skill would I like to learn? Well, I guess the most reasonable ambition for me is – I’d like to learn to knit in a “grown-up” way. I don’t know how I got started this way, but I knit the way Sally Melville shows as the very first method of learning to knit in The Knit Stitch – I hold the yarn in my right hand. That’s all – I hold it. It’s not wrapped or tensioned in any way, just held. And I have totally resisted any (minor, I admit) attempts to learn a different way of holding the yarn.
It has some advantages, actually. I’m not as slow as you’d expect with it. And I can produce nice even stitches and can do any kind of knitting maneuver I’ve ever tried. (I can’t stand to do a post with no photos at all, so here’s a picture of one of my more interesting knitted products.)
But my knitting style also has a couple of disadvantages. It’s pretty slow. Not dead slow, perhaps – I’m faster than most beginners. And when I’ve taken classes, I get finished faster than most people, but I don’t think it’s because I knit faster, just because I’m faster at learning new techniques. But the big disadvantage is just that I can’t teach anyone else or make videos or otherwise share my knitting skills.
I think I’d like to be able to knit continental, anyway. Sally Melville (and others, I’m sure) recommends that you know more than one way and switch among them so that you can avoid repetitive stress injuries. That sounds like a good idea. And I’d like to be able to do two-handed colorwork. But first I have to be able to do decent one-handed knitting. Maybe I’ll bestir myself and try to learn. My problem at this point is that my knitting habits are very, very deeply ingrained. I knit frequently while reading or doing other things. It won’t be easy to reprogram those muscles! But who knows – maybe I’ll try it!