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« Reply #10 on: August 25, 2006 08:57:32 PM »

I'm the type that likes to challenge myself. But I do love knitting and crocheting for the relaxation. That's why I usually have two projects going at once-the hard one and the easy one.  Wink

Maybe she just likes to relax and knit. I second the idea of talking about how you enjoy a certain book. Or mention how much the new stitch you learned was easier that you'd thought it would be. If she's intimidated to try more complex techniques this might inspire her. If she's not interested then you're not pressuring her.
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« Reply #11 on: August 26, 2006 07:00:43 AM »

I used to be a knitter who wanted to learn new things, but now I'm a knitter who wants to knit relaxing projects at her present skill level (knit, purl, simple increase/ decreases for shaping, knit in round) and leave the new skills (lace, two colors) for later.  I don't even knit things that are going to have to be seamed together, because it's just a hassle to me for now.

I think it depends on what your friend is looking to "get out" of her knitting.  I get little five or ten minute chunks of time to knit right now, and I like not having to pick up a pattern. 

More power to people who do the gorgeous fancy stuff.   Cheesy Maybe I'll pick it up later.  I doubt I'd feel uncomfortable asking a "fancy-knitting" friend when I felt like I wanted to learn. 
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« Reply #12 on: August 26, 2006 08:26:01 AM »

I think it boils down to the two basic types of knitter - production -v- process. The former 'invests' in what the end product is going to be, that is what s/he is aiming for. The latter is more about the enjoyment of the actual knitting, and if what your friend enjoys is knitting garter stitch scarves, then fine. At some point she may want to expand her repertoire, but if it ain't broke, don't fix it.

I'm completely a process knitter. The end product is not nearly as interesting as the actual work for me. I started my first Aran aged 13, and loved knitting it, but  Tongue didn't actually end up with a wearable garment, because once I'd done the parts that I enjoyed, I lost interest.

That's why I usually stick to small projects which give me the fix I'm craving, whether intarsia, cabling or lace, without having masses of finishing to do,  Cheesy  which just bores me rigid.
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« Reply #13 on: August 26, 2006 09:42:20 AM »

Maybe you should make her something, something small, using different stitches and yarns and colours. It may inspire her to try something a little more advanced.

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« Reply #14 on: August 26, 2006 09:48:01 AM »

If she is happy then what is the problem?
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« Reply #15 on: August 26, 2006 09:09:20 PM »

I was trying to teach my mom how to knit (she lives about 5 hours away from me, so I couldn't do as much as I wanted).  I bought her some size 8 needles and some Lamb's Pride and started teaching her how to cast on, knit, and purl.

After I left to go back home, she forgot how to purl, and took her knitting into work to ask a co-worker who knits all the time to show her how to purl again.  The co-worker took one look at the yarn and needles I had got for my mom, and asked why on earth I had bought her such tiny needles, oh, and she doesn't know how to purl.  She just makes garter stitch scarves on size ginormous needles.  My mom got scared and split.  Smiley  She asked me about it later and I said that if that's all that person wants to do, that's fine, but if she (my mom) really wanted to know how to knit and make stuff beyond the basic scarf to just keep off the topic of knitting with the co-worker.

I honestly don't have a problem with quickie easy knitters (I normally have at least one quickie, short attention span project going at all times, especially if I'm travelling), but I don't want them confusing my mom and acting like she's the one that's crazy for wanting to figure out how to purl.  Smiley
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« Reply #16 on: August 29, 2006 11:55:47 PM »

I suppose I'm somewhere in between.  I usually try to have one complicated project and one easy project going at the same time.  That way if I just want to feel productive while watching a movie I have something I don't have to pay attention to, but if I want to learn/grow or do something nicer I feel I have that going on too.  Granted, I'm still just learning different stitch patterns (I've only been knitting for a year and I'm super busy) like brambles or basket weave or mistake rib, but it's still stretching...
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« Reply #17 on: August 30, 2006 07:02:17 AM »

When I came out as a knitter, two ladies I work with were very impressed with my first project, a scarf with a lace pattern(http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=113685.0). Both ladies had never tried or even heard of the type of stitches I used to make the lace pattern. Just knit purls on straight needles. They seem to be more interested in various yarns, mostly novelty yarns.

One of the ladies did as me for the pattern and I took some time, to show her how to do the various stitches. It was rather ironic having me, a new knitter, showing this lady, a long time knitter, how to knit.

I guess there are different types of knitters out there. Im sure just like computers, there are lots of different types of users.
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« Reply #18 on: August 30, 2006 08:29:09 AM »

Frankly, I don't understand when people who know how to make the knit stitch are nervous about the purl stitch.  IMO if you can grasp the concept of a knit stitch it shouldn't take you that long to figure out the purl stitch too.  I found the hardest part about learning to knit (I learned from pictures in a book) was getting that first stitch happening.  Just knowing those two stitches you can do so much more than with just one.

A lot of my coworkers knit yet don't do much more than knit and purl.  They are often busy with other hobbies--likewise, I am an OK sewer, but I could be better if I put more energy into it.  I'd rather knit though.  So I can understand why they aren't more advanced.
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« Reply #19 on: August 30, 2006 08:52:23 AM »

That reminds me of the only knitter that was in my husband's family when he was growing up. She knitted for years..and constantly..

everyone else assumed she was some expert, superduper wonderful knitting genius.
Until a great neice of hers who is an accomplished knitter looked at her work. ( this was many years after her death) She did the same thing..stockinette. .all the time everytime..never anything new.

But she was happy and loved her craft..and people thought in her lifetime that she was supersuperduper.
And I think that's pretty cool.
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