Friday, 24 September 2010

Am I Left or Right?

I don’t mean politically, I mean ‘handed’. I say I’m left-handed and people see me writing and say, “ I didn’t know you were left-handed!” But am I really!!!!

There are lots of activities I do with my right hand; using a knife for chopping, slicing etc, using scissors, using a knife and fork, knitting, crocheting, playing tennis, darts or bowling, waving and many others. However, there are some that I can only do comfortably left-handedly such as writing, using a spoon, knife sharpening, golf, cricket, pining of fabric and hand sewing. Then there are the occasional activities I could do almost as comfortably with either hand, like beating a cake mix or cleaning windows. This doesn’t mean I’m ambidextrous since that means having the ability to use either had with equal ease in all cases but I would say I use my right hand much more than my left. Is it only writing that is counted when defining a persons ‘handedness’?

The left-handed activity that causes me the most problems is pining of fabric. If I pin seams with my left hand, the pins are facing in the wrong direction for machine sewing. I’ve tried pining the opposite way but it feels awkward and is not very accurate. I put the pins in horizontally quite often but that’s not always possible.

Apparently, the left side of the brain controls the right side of the body and vice verse. My DS is more left-handed than me and has a t-shirt with the slogan “only left-handed people are in their right mind”! Which side of my brain is in control, I’d like to know!!
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I've joined a quilting bee!!!  I'm so exited to be involved with this.  It's the first one I've been asked to join that I feel I have the time to actually take part in.  It's organised by Bellsjo and is called the Tag Square Bee. I'll keep you posted on my progress.

Bye for now
Teresa x

P.S.  My DD has informed me that the rabbit I identified as a 'Dutch' in my post about Usk Show is in fact a 'Rex'!!  I thought I'd remembered one breed but even that was wrong :-(

6 comments:

Blueberry Heart said...

me too! although I do swap over often when writing,I am more 'both' I suppose...get my left and rights confused TOO often as a result which drives my t'other half round the bend!

Have a good weekend

BH x

veryberryhandmade said...

One of my boys is left-handed - I still can't get used to putting his drink on the left at meal times. It gets a bit messy if I forget..

Good luck with the quilting bee - looking forward to reading more about it.

wayside wanderer said...

That is very interesting about your handedness. You brought up some things I never thought about beore.

My oldest is left handed but the rest of us are righties.

Good luck with your quilting bee. That sounds like fun.

Peach Rainbow said...

I am left-handed too!
But I eat and drink with the right ;D
This is the first time I've heard of someone who can use both!

Lis said...

Interesting post. I'm the opposite of you, right-handed generally but I use my left hand confortably in lots of situations. It comes in useful for things like painting skirting board in the corners when I can get nice and close with my left hand. I sometimes get confused when I'm following instructions and have to take a moment and work out where I should begin, depending which hand I'm using! When people see me sew they often think I'm left-handed, maybe I'm just cack-handed!!

John'aLee said...

Thanks for stopping by. I thought I already left a comment...but I'm not sure.
Good for you entering a 'bee'. Can't wait to hear how it all goes!
Have a sweet day!