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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.)

i feel: hungry hungry

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esmerel From: esmerel Date: May 19th, 2005 10:01 pm (UTC) (base camp)
ha! I'm also a lefty that does lots of things right handed. :) Scissors, bow, bowling - I generally have better large motor control in my right hand.
tashabear From: tashabear Date: May 19th, 2005 10:13 pm (UTC) (base camp)
I can't bowl, nor do I throw, right-handed, as I have a minor bone deformity in my right forearm that would result in me sending balls of all descriptions 90 degrees to my left instead of straight in front of me, and people don't like that. But when you're the only lefty in the immediate family, you learn to adapt.

They tried to give me left-handed scissors in third grade, and argued with me when I told them I used scissors with my right hand. I had to prove to them that I knew what I was about.
From: boheme_knits Date: May 20th, 2005 06:44 am (UTC) (base camp)
I did parent help in my daughter's kindergarten last week, and was 'told off' by the teacher for giving my daughter the righty scissors to use when she's a lefty. How could I do such a thing! She's always used whatever is lying around at home, right handed scissors.

I agree, anyone can adapt if need be.
tashabear From: tashabear Date: May 20th, 2005 10:52 am (UTC) (base camp)
I hope you told her off right back.
ciorstan From: ciorstan Date: May 19th, 2005 10:17 pm (UTC) (base camp)
My daughter, age 11, goes to a knitting class on some Saturdays. (The teacher is usually not interested in teaching the girls anything more complicated than garter stitch, so my daughter is singularly unmotivated in class other than the socializing... grrr) My daughter and I happened to be there on a day when the usual teacher was absent,and the shop owner and I stepped in to teach a new girl--a left hander-- how to knit.

We taught her to knit continental right off the bat, and told her that she had a natural advantage over righties. Which is true! She was knitting evenly and perfectly much sooner than I did when I was her age and being taught by my aunts and gramma.
darkwolfie From: darkwolfie Date: May 20th, 2005 12:27 am (UTC) (base camp)


...what about Jimi hendrix?
tashabear From: tashabear Date: May 20th, 2005 02:24 am (UTC) (base camp)

Re: But...but...buttt...

There's a reason why I didn't mention guitars...
misoranomegami From: misoranomegami Date: May 20th, 2005 07:47 am (UTC) (base camp)

Re: But...but...buttt...

*nods* But honestly I see more knitting teachers whining about left handed students than lefty knitters. Just because the person you started teaching last week doesn't knit as well as the person who you taught to knit a month ago, doesn't mean you need to try to learn a whole new way of knitting! If after a month they still don't get it then maybe they should look up lefty knitting. After all if its going to make sense to them because their left handed then it won't make sense to you anyway if you're right handed. (btw you=whiny right handed teacher)

And I'm with you on the music. Playing an instrument maybe two handed, but one hand requires more flexibility and dexterity than the other. 7 years of violin, baby.
huaman From: huaman Date: May 26th, 2005 09:59 pm (UTC) (base camp)
Which eye dominant are you? Is that a factor in which hand you use to shoot with? I'm left-eye dominant, and every so often I think, maybe I'd do better shooting with my left hand... except of course, then I remember, that's my weak wrist.

I was ambidextrous early on, but adapted to the point that I do most common US tasks right-handed, for some reason.
tashabear From: tashabear Date: May 27th, 2005 01:50 am (UTC) (base camp)
Left eye dominant, but I learned to shoot handguns in my right hand because the pistols my dad taught me to shoot with had right-handed grips.
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