For my own part, here are some of my great take-aways:
- Eastern European knitting (which may also be known as combination knitting)! I sense that this is the left-handed knitting option I'm going to get with. I practiced quite a bit last night and, gotta say, knitting through the back of the loop on the knit stitch means that making the purl stitch is super easy (by comparison with Continental-style purl stitch).
- Moreover, the cast-on which Berta, the instructor of this Eastern Euro video illustrates, which is quite like long-tail cast on but produces a MUCH better and stretchier edge, is so easy and so great, I suspect I'll rarely ever use another. BTW, this is the the cast on I recommend for A Simple Sock, now that I've learned it. If only I knew what it was called!
- I'm starting to realize that all of knitting is about the "tensioning" of the yarn. If you can find a way to tension consistently (at whatever gauge, within reason), you've got a method. The reason I can't lever knit YET (though what I do has many properties of that method, which is likely why I groove into a good pace) is because I can't figure out how to hold the yarn effectively for my body's preferred movement and my brain's predilections. The reason why Eastern Eur works better for me (vs Continental), so far, is because I can grasp elements of the movement (simpler than Continental, truthfully). Don't misunderstand. I SUCK at it. But I can see how time and practice - and body awareness (there it is again...) will lead to new abilities.
- Efficiency can be defined broadly. Sure, this sounds simplistic, but I love to hear about how people use a certain style because, on balance, it produces an efficient outcome. I may not knit as fast as an experienced lever knitter, but I have a system that produces. It has to do with the rhythm I can find naturally, the way I approach a pattern, the process of knitting, for me, in general and my personality. In light of this, I bet that some of you Continental peeps could do a pair of socks in 10 hours - not the 14 I'll likely spend - on the basis of your stitch speed. But, will you do it? What else facilitates or hinders your production? Do you care?