OK, please try to stifle your laughter after you read my message, if you can.
I went to a yarn group gathering with my local moms' group a couple of months ago and learned how to cast-on and knit. Until this week, I didn't have any knitting books (my mom just loaned me two) and I didn't actively ask for help from anyone in the yarn group. I practiced casting on and knitting at home for a while but wasn't happy with the bumps on both sides of the fabric swatch I created, so I decided to knit both left-handed *and* right-handed to see if that fixed the problem. I wasn't aware of the purl stitch at that time. I figured out how to knit with both hands, so that gave me a nice flat swatch with all Vs on one side. I knitted my DD a couple of play soakers for her baby doll, some swatches, washcloths, etc. using this technique.
Now that I'm reading Stitch n Bitch
and talking to my mom (who's in town visiting from the midwest), I was getting confused about the purl stitch and stockinette. I was thinking, why do stockinette if I already have all the Vs on one side and the bumps on the other? So I asked my mom for clarification and told her what I'd been doing. She laughed.
I showed her the results I got from knitting both left-handed and right-handed and she was sort of dumb-founded. She'd never heard of someone doing that in her limited experience. She suggested I get with the program and learn to knit like the rest of the world.
I told her I just had to post a message on MDC's yarn board and ask if others have knitted both right-handed and left-handed instead
of knitting-purling and creating stockinette. Is there a problem with how I've been knitting? Should I give up the ambidextrous knitting and do it like everyone else?