Ok, I've been watching this thread for a while. And yes, I am checking to see if Knitty is up. It got tense here for a bit, and I had to chuckle, as I often do.. To relieve said tension, I sat back, took a deep breath, and had a fudgy chocolatey brownie. Yes, ladies, we need to relax and inhale some chocolate (being careful not to get it on our yarn). *deep breath* Ok, now I'm going to go check again!
I'll put in my two cents. I am a 33 stay at home mom. And it still sounds wierd for me to say that. I used to be such a party girl. Anywhoooo, I started knitting 6 monfhs ago. My mom had shown me how to knit a long time ago, but at that time, it wasn't "cool" to knit. I stored the knowledge in the bank of my mind, and went on with my work/party/sleep life. In 2003, my little one was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes so I left the working world, basically because I didn't trust anyone else to take care of all of that stuff. Over last summer, I stayed with my mother in law, and my sis-in-law was knitting. She had the SnB book, and I was curious. I picked it up, and I was hooked. My parents came up to visit in October and my mom brought me all of her old knitting needles. I instantley acquired all sizes. I immediately knit up a crappy scarf for practice. I bore easily, so I just kept trying new things, and I'm still learning. I love knitting. I go into a meditative state when I'm doing it. My kids can tear up the house, and I'm oblivious. I'm at the point now in my life where I don't really care what people think of me and the fact that I knit. I was talking to one of my freinds over the weekend and he called me an old granny because I knit. Of course, I had to lay the F U on him. I'm glad that I had stored my mother's training and that I'm able to use it now. Now, I just need to find a way to afford all of the yarn that I MUST have.
I'm glad to hear I'm not the only one with this problem. Not glad to hear you hurt. I was working on socks and my whole left arm went to aching like crazy from the way I was holding the tiny little needle in my left hand. I stopped for a couple of days, and it got better. Now, I've been working on a tee, and the fingers on my left hand feel like stuffed sausages. I could barely bend them the other day. My hubby said I had knitted myself some arthritus. NOOOOOO! I was going to take the day off, but I'm way too compulsive for that. I do think I'm going to be heading out for some wrist braces. It sucks because I'm at the point where I'm actually getting pretty good at knitting. My hands/wrists/arms will NOT stop me.
awww guys, thanks! *blushes* Maybe now I can say I'm a knitta....
rincaro: I bought a little pattern book at the craft store and just dove into the socks....the most confusing part was the heel/gusset, but now I find I look forward to that, because I have to use my brain. The rest is just mindless knitting.
pumpkingirl: the sweater I started in Jan, and finished in Feb, and the rest I did in the last four weeks.
Goatherder: I used Tahki Cotton Classic for the Anouk....I LOVE the colors...I might try and figure out how to make one in my size
sararosa: that pattern was super easy to follow and it was fun, AND after the sweater, it was fast. It took me a week to do. I sooooo did the duplicate stitch on the pocket. I tried intarsia on a swatch, and it looked rather yucky and I didn't want to screw it up. I guess that will be the next hurdle to tackle. The only problem I had was with the shoulders. But I just worked around it and did my own thing.
Again, thanks for all the positive response. Now, I'm off to work on Fred (sock number two for friend)...Am I the only one who names thier projects. I think it's fun, and then the kids get into it to. I'll hear my son yell "mom, Aidan has George" and I'll come in and there sits Aidan pulling yarn off the needles.
I"ve been timid about posting my finished projects, because everyone on this board has amazing talent, and well, I'm shy.....but I'm also fairly proud of what I've been able to finish. I still consider myself a new knitter, and long for the day when I can say I am a knitter (and not feel I'm clueless )
Anywhooooooo, presenting my FO's:
First, my Manly Sweater from SnB (also my first sweater ever!):
Then, in the middle of figuring out what I wanted to do next, I whipped up the Loopy Pillow fron SnB Nation (the loops were addicting to make):
Moving on, my new neice, Bailey had not recieved anything from her auntie (and she's almost 6 mo's now *bows head in shame*) so I found this Anouk pattern on Knitty http://knitty.com/ISSUEspring04/PATTanouk.html and churned it out. I love the colors! Perfect for a Florida baby, The shoes were from Adorable Knits for Tots.
And, finally, lo and behold, my first attempt at socks. (I think this is my new addiction) I'm working on second pair now for a friend, and then my husband and his friend want a pair of tabi socks for their Taijitsu class. I'm trying to figure that one out still:
There you have it folks! I hope everyone likey-likey. And hopefully I will feel worthy among all of you crafty gals (and guys)