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Date: 1/22/07 7:34 PM

Well I will be one of the first to post under this heading.

I usually go to the Active with Misc tab and did not know that we have some new topics.

I am not much of a knitter. The fuzzy scarves are the limit of my talent, they all hide a number of dropped stitches and picked up ones too.

I am much better at crochet. I taught myself to do both, my very talented grandmothers gave up on trying to teach me needle work.

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Date: 1/22/07 9:08 PM

So how did you teach yourself to knit? I've been trying to do just that for awhile. I have a pretty good beginner book and have managed to knit a scarf width length about 12 inches. Then I put it aside and forgot how I did it. I guess I'll have to start again.

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Date: 1/22/07 11:25 PM

I'm just learning to knit too. I went to a yarn shop and asked if they could get me started knitting a scarf. They helped me choose the yarn, the needles, and the stitch and provided an hour of personalized instruction for a $10 an hour, a bargain I think. I had knitted a couple of sweaters in college, but didn't remember a thing.

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Date: 1/22/07 11:40 PM

I'll join in too. You beat me to a new topicI recently started knitting simply because I wanted to see why it's considered so cool. Don't get me wrong. Sewing will still be my first love but what I really like about knitting is it's somewhat meditative quality and secondly its very portable. I do it mostly at night when I watch TV. I am usually in no rush to finish anything so it works out.

How I learnt, I just went to my library and borrowed a few books. I had seen my mom knit when I was little but never paid any attention, however she did teach me how to hold the needles and do the knit and purl. I never really practiced.

Anyhow, the books I simply love are written by Debbie Stroller.

Knitters Handbook

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SNB Nation

I've done a few scarves, practiced with garter stitch, rib stitch, seed stitch and done a little bit of color. I wanted more of a challenge so I got some 100% wool to try a felted bag. I just finished knitting the bag on circular needles (very cool!) but I am pretty sure I've messed it up. I will post a photo when I've felted it.

My neighbor's mother is an expert knitter and she said that the trick to knit from a pattern is not to read it too far. As a sewer I would read up to the end of the pattern before even starting to knit and I would get so confused and give up. Well knitting patterns are like math. You just get started with the first row and then keep reading as you knit.

I am excited about this new topic and can't wait to see how my PRers are knitters too.

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Date: 1/23/07 2:00 AM

Hello Linscee


I saw instructional DVDs at my local Joann's this weekend on both knitting and crocheting. I didn't purchase them, so I don't know how good they would be. Just letting you know they're at Joann's. I recall they were $9.99. Also, at Joann's are neat, laminated fold-up brochure-type instructions for the basic stitches for $4.99. I used the crochet one when I was teaching a friend, so that she could look at the illustrations, and refresh her memory after putting her work down for a bit. It's so flat that it takes up no room at all in a "knitting bag". It also helped me to explain a single crochet, double crochet, etc., to a friend who was using the English terms, and I was using the American terms (makes a big difference).

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Date: 1/23/07 5:49 AM

I'm the opposite: I can knit but not crochet (well, not to speak of). I'm knitting a sweater right now. I love to knit while watching a sports game with my DH.

After I finish this sweater (someday - it has been a year so far and will probably be another year) I want to knit some dish cloths. Simple, quick but useful projects!

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Date: 1/23/07 6:06 AM

I want to learn to crochet too. Anybody have some good reference book and beginner book recommendations?

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Date: 1/23/07 6:50 AM

Wow, a new forum...cool!

I'm in the like-crochet-better group...although mom taught me both.

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Date: 1/23/07 8:11 AM

What fun. I'm starting up again too. I rearranged my sewing room and found where I'd stashed the yarn and needles and here we go!
Two books I found that have been really helpful are "Knitting Basics" by Betty Barnden. It's got wonderfully clear pictures and simple patterns. My real favorite is "25 Gorgeous Sweaters" by Catherine Ham. She's got patterns for wonderfully simple but really elegant sweaters, jackets, vests. Gorgeous pictures too. I'm working on a 'patchwork' jacket where you knit lots of small rectangles and then sew them together. Perfect for a short attention knitter like me!

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Date: 1/23/07 8:30 AM

I can't do either! I tried to learn as a girl, but knitting just never sunk in. Part of me is attracted to it now because of its popularity and so it's "advertised" a lot, but other parts of me remind me that I live in Florida and then ask if I really want to start a whole new stash?

Still, I bet I try it again at some point ...

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