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« on: June 21, 2007 12:22:54 AM »

I have never knit a stitch in my life.... until today. I bought SnB book today, and then some metal knitting needles (19 cents a set!!!) and some yarn at the thrift store. (I've been so inspired by all the beautiful knitted things you Craftsters have been doing!)

After a couple hours of hand cramps and swearing like a sailor:

See that?!?! I cast on, and knit another row and a half, without accidentally strangling myself with the yarn! I've never been more proud.  Grin

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« Reply #1 on: June 21, 2007 04:00:25 AM »

Great job.  I wasn't able to learn how to cast on by looking at a book (though many people are able to, but I guess I am a bit more of a dunce), I had to take actual in person knitting lessons.  I did have to teach myself to bind off, which is really quite easy.  And purling is easy too (though I think sometimes I am the only one in the world that feels that way).  You should be very proud of yourself.  The initial frustration will be so worth it and soon (if not already) you will be addicted like the rest of us.

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« Reply #2 on: June 21, 2007 04:47:55 AM »

*high fives*

Go Fluxity, you good thing!  Congratulations on teaching yourself.  I never learnt from a book because it never occurred to me (my mum's a knitter and taught me as a kid), so I think your achievement is extra special.  I'm not surprised you feel proud of yourself!

You'll be a pro in no time, and don't worry, the hand cramps do get better Wink

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« Reply #3 on: June 21, 2007 05:27:32 AM »

Congrats!  That's a great book to learn from.

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« Reply #4 on: June 21, 2007 05:38:06 AM »

Nice one, looks like you're making a great start.
What pattern are you making? Best of luck with the knitting, but watch out it gets addictive!

« Reply #5 on: June 21, 2007 08:38:51 AM »

Yay! Wink Good work there. Congrats on your new skill. I learned from SnB, too. Can't wait to see more of your progress.

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« Reply #6 on: June 21, 2007 08:44:14 AM »

Awesome! Man, I totally felt exactly the same about a month or so ago when I taught myself from a book on the way home from Disneyland. I think at one point I almost poked someone's eye out when I gave up and threw my needles! LOL But now I've successfully completed 5 projects and I can't put the needles down! Isn't it addicting?

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« Reply #7 on: June 21, 2007 09:40:27 AM »

Wow, congratulations. You are so much further than I ever have been.

I hate to disappoint all the avid knitters here, but I have tried to addict myself and it's never worked.
I pick up the needles about twice a year to cast on and then get frustrated and quit.
« Reply #8 on: June 21, 2007 11:07:32 AM »

Thanks everyone! I do have a couple questions for you experts: do your stitches normally spiral on the needle like that?
And what I've knitted so far seems to vary in size, how long does it take to master the tension and make sure your stitches are even and regular?

Oh, and I'm not knitting a pattern, I'm just practicing going back and forth with a knit stitch  for a while to get the hang of it. I've crocheted before, and I really feel awkward with those needles in my hand, so I wanted to practice before I started on a project.

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« Reply #9 on: June 21, 2007 06:50:06 PM »

That's an awesome start!!  You'll get the hang of it in no time, especially with the projects from that book to motivate you. Wink 

As far as the spiraling of the stitches, that usually happens when you just have a few rows that are pretty tight.  Once you have more rows it tends to straighten itself out, or if it's looser they can unspiral. It's no big deal, just frustrating to figure out which way is up at the beginning of the row.

Making stitches even and regular, well, I guess you just have to keep making stitches until you don't have to think anymore about trying to make them even and regular!  Not very helpful, I know, but give it a few more rows and it'll come easier.

I hope that helps. Good luck!!

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