Well, it’s not exactly my best work, and my accent is a little too obvious for my taste, but I’ve finished my very first video tutorial. It’s a crochet provision, nothing fancy.
I’m inordinately proud of myself. After struggling with this for over a month, I finally have something that is good enough (not perfect, but it’s better than my previous attempts) to show.
Worked after a gusset, this toe-up heel is modeled after a traditional top-down round heel, but the construction is radically different. Unlike heels with picked up stitches, it’s ridge-less. Yes, this is another "my dad has the world’s most sensitive feet" creation. After six months of tinkering, I finally had a finished product that met with his approval. Another six weeks with the lovely test knitters on Raverly produced the final result.
I was taught English knitting and never needed continental until I started doing color work. I quickly learned to knit and after months of forcing myself to purl continental, my purls were still a mess. Disgusted, I ripped out the experiment sweater and reknit it English style.
Over the years, I’ve tried numerous tricks, including the icky finger ring thingymabob that makes your finger sweat, but nothing fixed my purl issues. I was ready to give up and accept that I could knit continental, but I would never be able to purl continental.
Then I stumbled across an obscure references to the Norwegian purl in a knitting history book. The book didn’t make much of an impression on me other than its one line reference to this technique