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traditional vs. backwards

Well, I think it is safe to say I didn't not finish my Olympic endeavors. I don't feel that bad considering I changed jobs and moved during those 16 days.

The job change is fantastic. It is all things you want a new job to be and I'm having a blast. I also love the area to which I moved.

I'm in a small apartment so I can take my time buying a home this year but even this little apartment is great. It is so nice to be living in a place that is warm and cozy. Where I was living before was older and right on the river. Great view but cold and drafty!

I am allowed to complain about it being cold because we had another little cold snap and the river started freezing again. This flower pot is on my back porch. It rained one day, filling it up with water, and the next day I found it frozen solid.

flower pot of ice

I know this is no big deal to most people but I have spent the last 40 years in Southern California and Arizona. It is still a big deal to me.

I'm hoping it is still a little cold where my nephew lives because I did manage to finish one of my Olympic projects.

nephew's raglan

His sweater, which I'm not sure will even fit him because he is growing so fast and into such a huge kid! But his mom requested it so, by golly, I had to do it!

This was a little Debbie Bliss pattern in her cashmerino (my favorite yarn to knit with). I just need to put buttons on this and get it out! It desperately needs to be blocked but I don't have any blocking material here at the new place. Maybe just some damp towels from the dryer...

The back of this sweater does illustrate something I have discovered. Recently, out of boredom and because I'm a process knitter (so I like to master new things) I started knitting backwards rather than turning my work. And it has improved the quality of my work a lot!

I knit continental but when I knit backwards I have to throw the yarn and I don't know if this is what has changed my stitch but here is a shot where the bottom half is done the traditional way. I knit a row, turned the work and purled the next row. The top half of the picture is where I started knitting backwards.

traditional v. backwards

Here is the wrong side of the knitting. You can see big rows of space or something in the bottom half (the traditional way) and nice, neat, even rows at the top (backwards on the purl rows.

Who knew? I never heard of that being a result from knitting backwards.


I am left handed and I much prefer knitting backwards to purling. I also get much better results, more consistent tension.

However, with good intentions, my right-handed sisters years ago tried to teach me to knit completely backwards (mirror image of what they did) and it was a disaster, I didn't pick up a knitting needle again for 30 years.