tasha (tashabear) wrote,

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lefty be damned

Queer Joe had this to say about lefty knitting on his blog:

Do people ask how to teach a left-handed person how to ride a bicycle, or to juggle or to type on a keyboard?

No...and why not? Because those are all two-handed activities where hand-dominance is irrelevant.

And so is knitting.

Teaching someone to knit the opposite way that patterns and charts and knit instructions are written seems ridiculous to me. I know a leftie that
was taught that way, and it pisses her off every time she has to convert a chart, or instructions to knit from left to right instead of right to left, as they're written.

Don't get me wrong, I don't advocate teaching left-handed folks to write with their right hand, and I am all for having green craft scissors for the lefties in kindergarten. But those are single handed endeavors that naturally feel easier in your dominant hand.

Knitting on the other hand feels awkward no matter which hand inserts the needle, or wraps the yarn. It requires a lot of practice and repetition before it feels natural.

And that, ladies and gentlemen is why people whining about being left-handed and having a hard time learning to knit pisses me off. Did they teach you a left-handed method to tie your shoes? Play the flute or piano? No? Ever think that maybe you're having difficulty with knitting because you have LOUSY MOTOR SKILLS? Don't use handedness as a crutch, people. It's just a thing.

And for the record, I'm a lefty. (I use scissors, handguns, and bows in my right hand, though.)
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