Friday, December 09, 2005

Throwers Unite!

Inspired by Olga's little project and Nancy's comment, I decided that all of us throwers need a little love. I mean, in some circles, being a thrower is nearly as bad as being a ... crocheter. Take a button if you throw, baby. They're in the sidebar.


Blogger cmeknit said...

I'm a thrower...and a damn good one! I'd take on a picker any day.

5:30 PM  
Blogger candsmom said...

Throwers unite!! Woohoo!! I feel so liberated. First, ghetto knitter pride and now a rallying cry for throwers. (And I never realized that you were a thrower, too! I'm liking you even more, Laura. ;-)) I'm taking a button and displaying it loud and proud next to my ghetto knitter badge!

5:36 PM  
Anonymous deety said...

I'm a thrower, too. I tried swinging the other way for a bit, but it just doesn't feel right. Those buttons are great, I can't wait until I have the time to add one!

5:41 PM  
Blogger kim said...

Oh...I'm definitely stealing a button. Throwers rock!

5:42 PM  
Blogger msubulldog said...

Yay for throwers! Now to decide between the buttons. . . .

6:04 PM  
Blogger Tam said...

Proud thrower here too. Solidarity!! (raising fist)

9:44 PM  
Blogger kim said...

I had to check out what being a ghetto knitter was....I am so ghetto too.
You mean some people use those fancy-schmancy knitting totes? And they don't carry around their knitting in Safeway shopping bags?

9:58 PM  
Anonymous Zee said...

I must not be a thrower since I don't even know what one is... or maybe I am and don't know it?? For the uninitiated among you (coff coff, just me!) could you explain? Many thanks!

1:12 AM  
Blogger Laura said...

Aha! A good question! Assuming you are right-handed, if you hold the yarn in your right hand, you are a thrower. That is, you move the yarn over the needle before making a new stitch (English-style).

If you hold the yarn in your left hand and use the tip of the working needle to scoop the yarn, that's picking (Continental-style). For the uninitiated, many pickers seem to think that they knit the "right way". While there is an economy of motion in picking, people can get really fast at throwing--like Carolyn up top! I agree with Annie Modesitt, whatever method is most comfortable for you and gives you the fabric you desire is "right."

5:49 AM  
Blogger Sonya said...

Great buttons! Throwing is so much more comfie. My mom learned to knit in Sweden, so when she watches me knit she wrinkles her nose and says, "How can you knit like that?"

4:24 PM  
Anonymous Nancy said...

Hey, Crocheters need love too. I don't swing that way, but I defend their right to hook. Thanks for the buttons!

7:35 PM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

I throw! I'm proud of it too!! Woohoo for thrower love!

4:09 PM  
Blogger knittinmom said...

I'm a thrower and a hooker! And damn proud of both! I'd rather be a thrower than a picker. Being a mom, I can apply those terms to my kids as well...Owen is a thrower (as you can see from all the barf stains on the carpet) and Sydney is a picker (of the nasal variety, that is)!

12:29 AM  
Blogger Laura said...

YAY! Throwers!!!

(I don't have anything more constructive to say. I will take a button soon)

10:16 AM  
Blogger knit_tgz said...

I crochet. I knit (not picking nor throwing, really. I use a variation of a regional method called Portuguese Purl). I crocheted for a long time before starting to love knitting. I cross-stitch. I make half-cross-stitch/gobelin. I can make embroidered rugs and carpets (and have done one and a half). I'm a poor knitter (though I cannot say I'm a ghetto knitter because I do buy some merino and, recently, alpaca yarns... in the cheapest sites or discounted!).

And proud of it!

6:19 PM  
Blogger Karen said...

Yup, I throw too!! I grabbed a button the other day . . . and was so excited I failed to leave a comment. I'm happy to know that I am in such impressive company as a thrower!!!

7:28 PM  
Blogger Talitha said...

Ack, who knew so many of my blog pals were throwers like me??? It's so great to know that there's support out there now! I always feel so alone. Thanks for the button!

9:45 AM  
Blogger Lynda said...

Go Thowers! I tried to go continental a couple of months ago... succumbing to peer pressure, ya know.... but, nope, went back - "Hello. My name is Lynda, and I'm a Thrower."

Got my button displayed proudly!

10:51 AM  
Blogger Persnickety Knitter said...

I'm a thrower too. I've tried continental and that's good for certain things (like ribbing, which is just UGGH as a thrower). But I am definitely a thrower at heart. I feel like I have more control that way (esp over my tension).

1:41 PM  
Blogger Sharon J said...

I feel as if I don't belong anywhere. Sometimes I throw, sometimes I pick. It depends on what I'm knitting and whether I'm knitting on the round or not. Am I weird? When I knit fairisle, I throw with one colour and pick with the other. Is that usual? I haven't a clue. Can I use the button for being a part-time thrower? ~Sharon

8:09 AM  
Blogger String Bean said...

I'm a thrower. I can never get the hang of picking. My hands don't like it.

5:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

eh...I am a thrower...and never really paid much attention to the fact before this last year...when I was forced to pick due to a wrist injury.
Picking made it possible to knit, but I hope to never have to do it again.
It feels icky.
By the CAN be a thrower and hold the yarn in the opposite hand. I knit in I'm a south paw...hold the yarn in my right hand and THROW the yarn...
Now when I am teaching a right hander or need to knit right handed for some reason..I knit 100 percent english..holding yarn in my right hand and throwing with the right hand.
Picking as I said..just isn't an option for matter where the yarn is.

9:25 AM  

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