Evelyn Miller. I haven’t thought of her in years! She was my neighbor in my formative years and from the time I was 12 until we moved, she was my knitting mentor. She knitted traditional style, throwing the yarn with her right hand. She knit a coat with 5 different types and colors of yarn. It was amazing…and heavy! Her fingers flew!
After we moved, I learned how to knit continental style holding the yarn in my left hand. I have to be careful the type of yarn I knit with now because certain brands are not much more than acrylic rope. This means that I get rope burns on the back of my finger. It is rather annoying. My specialties are Aran patterns and Fair Isle patterns. I can do this while watching TV or just sitting watching kids play. The hardest part is establishing the 1st row of the pattern. My fingers fly…1st class on the Concorde.
I have a friend that does American Sign Language for guest speakers and such. It’s like choreography for the hands! So beautiful to watch! Her fingers also fly.
My mother taught music for nearly all her adult life, and her favorite composers were Bach, Chopin and Brahms. When she played Bach’s Inventions, her hands flew! In fact if you watch any type of instrumentalist, there are songs that require phenomenal technique and their hands have to fly. I remember playing in a pit orchestra and we were doing Man of La Mancha, Caberet, Carousel, and Hello Dolly and I tell you there were some songs in there that when you finished, you’d worked up a sweat! I love watching especially Eddy Van Halen because he’s having fun when he’s playing, and Bella Fleck because who knew you could play Debussy on the banjo?! (I’m sorry you couldn’t see him actually play this. But you can hear him.) Then there’s this guy!
So many people’s fingers fly. They are amazing to watch because it is so beautifully graceful and expressive in just the movement. Pay attention to the way people’s hands move when they talk, when they dance, when they play an instrument, when they type, when they play their instruments. Be in awe! What a piece of work is man!