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Date: 5/16/10 2:22 PM

Although I am on this site for sewing tips and discussions, I am much more of a knitter than a seamstress. Being able to sew is an advantage to knitters because it helps you understand garment construction. I also crochet, but not so much anymore as I used to.

I wish I was as good at sewing as knitting. Although I have been sewing all my life I am still very much a work in progress!

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Jim (Singer 301), Margaret (Singer 201-2), Betty (Singer 15-91), Bud (Singer 503), Kathy (Singer 221), Liz (Singer 221 Centennial Edition)
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Date: 5/16/10 2:32 PM

I am just the opposite!!! I have been sewing for years and just started knitting. I took a class and am almost finished with my first project - a sampler scarf. I think sewing has helped me learn to knit. It may be the fine motor skills required or something along those lines.

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Date: 5/16/10 2:39 PM

I learnt to knit when I was very young, but never did much - and am sooooo slow. If I don't mutter quietly to myself 'knit 3, purl 3 together', as I go along a row, I drift off into thinking about something else and make mistakes as well. Is there hope?

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Date: 5/17/10 10:31 AM

I would try again, your attention is probably better then when you were young.

Make something simple like a marled yarn headband AKA Prada fall 2010 runway show.

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Date: 5/17/10 10:53 AM

I do the same thing. As soon as I go on auto pilot and come back to actually thinking about my pattern, I am not sure where I've been. Usually it's all correct, but it's like I drift away, and as soon as I consciously start thinking about it again, I think I might be lost, if any of that makes sense.

I ALMOST have my husband trained to preface requests with "when you finish that row, can you......."

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Date: 5/17/10 11:17 AM

For some reason (probably because I knitted a lot as a teenager/twentier) I'm confident in my knitting, and will attempt most things, I'm having a great time attempting new techniques with every project. In comparison I'm slow with sewing, I need to look everything up and take everything very slowly...

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Date: 5/25/10 8:56 AM

I learned to knit as a child - but only the basics and I never did anything with it beside dishcloths until the last year or two. I finished a baby blanket (all knit only with the dishcloth-type pattern). It took me a year! My kids want a Jayne Cobb hat (another thread here) but I have opted to do a prayer shawl for me first. I started it over a year ago - I messed up the pattern so many times I finally hated it - took it apart and started a simpler pattern - and messed that up. Today I will start it for the 3rd time. This is the easy pattern - K3-P3 with only 57 stitches CO. I tried it last night with 60 stitches - then after messing the pattern up twice! I pulled it out and read that if I use 57 stitches every row will begin with a knit 3 - so that is what I will do today.

How will I ever get to the more intricate patterns if I can't handle k3-p3 But I guess I just need to keep chugging along and stick to the easy ones for now.

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Date: 6/11/10 10:43 AM

Me too, I have been sewing for some time now and got back into knitting. I am really getting into it now... Pretty much self taught - have already finished 2 scarves and one hat. Am crazy about this knitting in the round... and love looking at yarns and feeling them just as I do with fabric.... and oh the many colors!

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Date: 6/21/10 1:22 AM

I learned to knit when I was 4 years old and will try almost any pattern, (haven't done socks yet)! I usually have something on the go but have been more into sewing as it grows faster in a busy lifestyle and the climate I live in. Just lately however I have taken to knitting in the evenings and while waiting for DDs to finish activities and feel that I am accomplishing using my time effectively.

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