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I discovered at Knit and Natter the other week that I might actually be an expert knitter. Most of the people there can knit and purl and follow a pattern if it is not too complex. I boggled their minds by using interchangeable circular needles instead of straight needles and knitting in the round and using magic-loop and knitting lace and designing my own patterns and… They had never seen anyone do some of these things. They had never been taught them. I ended up teaching them how to knit back and forth / flat using a circular needle - so unbreaking their minds. I was also able to tell them *why* I prefer circs to straights or DPNs; I am VERY clumsy due to the MS and if I drop knitting on circs I am less likely to lose a DPN (or other needle) because the needles are joined together and at least one is within my knitting with a row of live stitches on it.

Then I realised that I had learned most of what I know my watching YouTube videos and that I cannot think of a knitting technique to learn next that I have not already learned by watching YouTube and practicing as I watch (ideas knitters?). Then, whilst watching this TED Talk, I found myself yelling/saying "KNITTING!" at my monitor whenever he listed learning communities on YouTube like 'maths', 'science', 'history' and 'geography'.

John Green: The nerd's guide to learning everything online | TED Talk | TED.com

I am, as you can see in my LJ profile and so many of my other online profiles, a polymath and a philomath. I know stuff in many many subject areas and I love learning new stuff. I also have been known to say that, "I live online," because I spend a lot of time reading online, talking to people online, writing online, gaming online and being a member of many online communities. My online life is ideal for me because of my spoon-starved disabled life in the real world. I have also learned a lot on LJ (and now tumblr) about gender, sexuality, human rights and so much more.

Is there a learning community on YouTube that you belong to?
What have you learned on YouTube?
What knitting technique should I learn next online / on YouTube that I might not already know?


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Jul. 28th, 2015 09:34 am (UTC)
I had the same kind of conversation with my dad lately! We were talking about knitting, and about my grandmother who was considered a very good knitter. She could knit jumpers in record time, but she usually knitted plain things, a little colourwork, no lace, mostly flat knitting. I'm certainly not as fast as she was, but I tend to use far more diverse techniques, most of which I've learned online: lace, intarsia, icelandic garter stitch intarsia (love this one!), double knitting... I don't even belong to a learning community or anything, it's just things I've seen on Ravelry and then looked up. That's when we concluded that the internet is probably making us smarter and better at things, since it's actually become so much easier to share and learn techniques.

So much for all the people who love to moan that the internet and new technologies are making everybody daft ;)
Jul. 29th, 2015 02:05 pm (UTC)
I tried to google "icelandic garter stitch intarsia" but only got a couple os blogs, a couple of ravelry patterns and a book. Nothing on YouTube, sadly.

I do not belong to any knitting learning community explicitly other than Ravelry. I was more talking about a "community" as in a group of people worldwide that use the internet and YouTube to learn. Your "seen on Ravelry and then looked up" method makes yout a memr of the same "community" as me! ;-p

It is intriguing that you had a similar conversation with your dad as I had with the women at Knit and Natter about learning techniques online. I am definitely not a fast knitter (although I have got a little faster since I started using the flicking method to knit on circs instead of the old lever method I used to use with a long straight needle(s) trapped under my right arm or dug into my right side) but I have learned a lot of other knitting techniques, much like you have.

Yes, for many of us the internet is both a community of friends and a place to learn. I must admit to hating when people stare at their phones all day (often walking into me whilst texting rather than looking where they are going). Roll on the days when the internet is on a heads up display (HUD) for us all via implants and so we can look at where we are walking whilst texting on our HUD! We already live in the future that I longed for as a child (iPads and Kindles) but there is so much of science fiction now that I wish for today (especially in the realms of disability re-ability). ;-p
Jul. 29th, 2015 02:07 pm (UTC)
Oh, and the best thing I have learned? How to knit a sweater in the round so that I never have to seam flat peices of knitting, which I HATE! ;-p
Jul. 29th, 2015 02:09 pm (UTC)
Aug. 1st, 2015 09:20 am (UTC)
I personally started with this tutorial, which is not video but quite explanatory: http://tricoteuse-islande.fr/blog/2009/06/13/tutorial-icelandic-intarsia-knitting/

It's not very different from regular intarsia, but it has a fuzzy look which I love. Also the book I found which has a lot of traditional Icelandic patterns in it also explains that it's traditional in Iceland to eat ram testicles preserved in sour whey, and I would have learned an entire new way of knitting just for that bit of information :D

The Internet is the best, really!
Aug. 1st, 2015 07:00 pm (UTC)
Indeed it is. *hug*
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