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berol
« Reply #20 on: April 06, 2007 04:48:38 AM »

Berol so you laugh .. comming to Australia from Costa Rica they told me i could stab someone in the neck with a crochet hook.. Roll Eyes God I felt like a psyco

MADNESS! unless you'd sharpened it of something it'd take a lot of effort to stab someone with a crochet hook.

one good tip someone told me for planes is to take some toenail clippers, just cheap metal ones i always seem to get in crackers. they cut wool/cotton/thread brilliantly and you're not allowed scissors. i only take cheap ones, so if they did want to take them away, i let them, better than my nice craft scissors Smiley
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persephone
« Reply #21 on: April 06, 2007 10:59:37 AM »

I have flown to the UK many times over the last few years since I have been knitting and I have never been stopped from carrying my needles. I do make it a point to try and take bamboo circs with me or smaller needles but no one has ever questioned it. Mind you I have never been stopped for carrying forgotten lighters on the plane either (both here and in the UK) Have an awesome time in Scotland... If you are going to Edinburg, I hear they have an amazing textiles museum that has a wonderful knitting archive.....
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BoredOutOfMyMind
« Reply #22 on: April 06, 2007 11:34:21 AM »

My philosophy is that if you don't know it's supposed to be hard, then it isn't! Sure, you need to learn how to cast-on, the knit stitch and purl stitch but if you want to begin with lace you totally could! Don't ever let anyone tell you anything is too difficult!  Cheesy
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berol
« Reply #23 on: April 06, 2007 11:47:26 AM »

My philosophy is that if you don't know it's supposed to be hard, then it isn't! Sure, you need to learn how to cast-on, the knit stitch and purl stitch but if you want to begin with lace you totally could! Don't ever let anyone tell you anything is too difficult!  Cheesy

I like that philosophy! Although for me, I'm always prepared to give something a go more than once to get it right, I never expect to pick something up first time!
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jenna_alive
« Reply #24 on: April 06, 2007 12:18:28 PM »

My philosophy is that if you don't know it's supposed to be hard, then it isn't! Sure, you need to learn how to cast-on, the knit stitch and purl stitch but if you want to begin with lace you totally could! Don't ever let anyone tell you anything is too difficult!  Cheesy

I like that philosophy! Although for me, I'm always prepared to give something a go more than once to get it right, I never expect to pick something up first time!

I wish I was that way.  I'm very much a get it quick or give it up type of person.
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Knit Nerd
« Reply #25 on: April 06, 2007 01:13:38 PM »

I think a hat is a great first time project.  Scarves are ok but after you cast on you just knit back and forth for a million years!  At least with a hat you get some spice and you get to learn some basic techniques.

I agree with the many suggestions of knittinghelp.com, the site was invaluable when I was a beginner.

The TSA says that knitting needles are permitted and they didn't give me any trouble with small (US 1), metal knitting needles in Feb. but they did take my metal darning needle so you might want to bring a plastic one for weaving in ends.
http://www.tsa.gov/travelers/airtravel/prohibited/permitted-prohibited-items.shtm

Good luck and welcome to the club!
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Lisendral
« Reply #26 on: April 21, 2007 11:27:00 AM »

Also, I'm sure I'll start with scarves and what not but I'd love a great simple pattern for something similar to the red hat kristen dunst wears in Elizabethtown. Too ambitious?

I don't know if you've gotten this link yet, but here's the hat pattern.
http://www.littleturtleknits.com/pithyhat.htm
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Mnemosyne_LA
« Reply #27 on: April 21, 2007 11:59:19 AM »

As far as learning goes, I looked around at my local yarn and craft stores and found one that was offering three free classes (assuming you bought the supplies from them, of course!)  I tried to learn out of books for years and I just couldn't get it to work, so I needed a real live person to help me.  Now I'm knitting up a storm!
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