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missknitty
« on: September 16, 2007 03:51:12 PM »

Am I the only one who can't do this? I mean, I hear about people watching movies bla bla bla while they're knitting.... I HAVE to look at what I'm doing in fear of screwing it up. Am I weird? How can I rid myself of this *bad* habit?
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« Reply #1 on: September 16, 2007 04:21:04 PM »

Idiot knitting. Find something super easy.
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« Reply #2 on: September 16, 2007 04:29:15 PM »

yeah, if it's strait st st i don't have to look, garter stitch is even easier, but if theres any sort of real pattern, well, I'm terrible. I dont think I have to look at 1x1 ribbing, but anything more than that, not only do I have to look, but I usually am counting and recounting constantly for fear of messing up.
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« Reply #3 on: September 16, 2007 04:31:00 PM »

LOL yeah that's why I was sup0er impressed, thinking "man, they can DO that?" hehe

Ok, now I don't feel so bad...THANKS!
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« Reply #4 on: September 16, 2007 05:29:16 PM »

Some things I have to watch, others I don't.  Just got done doing a skirt in Hempathy which I had huge problems with the yarn splitting so that one I had to watch.  If I'm doing a dishcloth (which I'm doing a lot of right now to get ready for the holidays), that's a no-brainer cuz I've been doing them for at least 15 years now...lol.
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« Reply #5 on: September 16, 2007 06:18:13 PM »

Oh, when you make dishcloths, do you just jump right into the pattern, or do you put a garter stitch border around the edge? Also, would potholders be the same as dishcloths, or would I do something differently?

Not to get off topic or anything...
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« Reply #6 on: September 16, 2007 07:32:03 PM »

On topic:
I found too if I am knitting on a round... dude. I love knitting on a round (which some people think I am crazy but it's so easy.), sit me down with a hat and a comedy, the hat is down in a sitting and I didn't look up except on commercials.

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I am going to do the "back to school" washclothes for my cousin except I am changing it slighty, okay majorly. He's a film major so I am putting hit top favorite movies in the place where it says "study"/"party." And because my cousin... I figure that he is a 19 year old boy who can't do laundry if I just make them all white/natural and instead of doing colorwork do hidden image (spell out "Star Wars" with purls/knits.). The "Back to School" pattern is a fairly kick tushy pattern.
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« Reply #7 on: September 16, 2007 07:54:50 PM »

Knitting without looking just takes experience, is all. I've been knitting for years and mostly can read or watch tv, especially stockinette in the round. But for lace or trickier patterns, I have to pay more attention. I can still watch tv, but I have to mostly listen to it when I'm on a pattern row.
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« Reply #8 on: September 16, 2007 07:59:53 PM »

I don't watch anything whilst knitting, I listen and look-up when somebody gets their head chopped off.  DH hates it, he says I don't watch movies when we watch movies.  Hehehe. 

It's a real bummer, too because I love foreign films.  There's really no way to read subtitles and knit at the same time for me. 

Oh well.  Knitting's cooler anyway.
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« Reply #9 on: September 16, 2007 08:17:11 PM »

I think it takes some time and practice.. I can knit stockinette and moss stitch without staring too frequently, I do have to look down at my work occasionally to check for screw ups though. I can only watch or read brainless stuff that doesn't require much thinking though.. I don't know how some people can knit and study at the same time, I'd get hardly anything done Smiley

When you're knitting, sometimes try looking at something else just for a few stitches (you don't have to do a whole row of not-looking if you're scared of screwing up!). Just knit more, you'll soon be able to knit by feel and not so much by sight Smiley
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« Reply #10 on: September 16, 2007 09:27:12 PM »

I am one of those people who can knit and watch TV at the same time, BUT, it's not like I'm 100% absorbed in the TV and the knitting is just going on autopilot, especially for anything that is not straight st st or garter.  I do have to keep glancing down to check where I am, etc.  Some movies/shows are definitely better than others to knit to.  If you HAVE to look at the screen constantly (i.e. foreign films with subtitles), that probably is not a good knitting movie.  Movies that you can look away from periodically without missing much, however, are great (action movies, for example, are surprisingly good to knit to).
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« Reply #11 on: September 16, 2007 10:43:58 PM »

You need something easy (ie no complicated pattern or a mindless pattern) and lots and lots of practice..

I can knit and watch TV or movies, I can also knit and walk along the road too....  my knitting of preference for either of these is either something in plain stocking stitch or garterstich (or I can manage a regular rib as long as the entire thing is the same - your hands sort of get used to the rhythm of what you are doing) or I knit socks (plain stocking stitch ones with just rib at the top) - I find I don't need to look at these sort of things for most of the time now (but it did take lots of practice toget to this stage!)....  of course with the socks I do have to look while turning the heel etc but the basic circular stuff that is all the same I can knit with my eyes glued to the TV.....

I did a fair whack on a babyhat (in 3x3 rib on 4 dpns) tonight while watching a harry potter DVD......
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« Reply #12 on: September 16, 2007 11:42:19 PM »

If I want to pay attention, like read subtitles and get completely into the movie or whatever i'm watching, I don't knit, but i will choose things i don't mind missing parts of while knitting, like if missing this part in the movie won't matter really to the outcome of the story, then i knit.  I mainly look at what i knit cuz i don't want to put the stitches in the wrong place.

I stare at my knitting to make sure that it's working out right.  sorta like when i'm typing, if i'm copying something from a document, or trying to spell out a complicated word, I have to slow down, and think about the letters that i'm typing out, but if it's just random thoughts babbled, then I can pretty much stare at the screen and type...

I don't mind staring at my knitting and listening to movies...
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« Reply #13 on: September 17, 2007 05:40:01 AM »

Hehe yeah I think I might know the dialogue to all the HP movies by heart now - I listen and occasionally look up (at this point). Although I make myself dizzy sometimes if I'm knitting fast (and looking at it)...lol. Tongue
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« Reply #14 on: September 17, 2007 05:51:48 AM »

I haven't gotten to the point where I can watch a movie and knit at the same time. I usually choose a movie that I've seen more than once and listen while I knit, even if I'm knitting something simple.

Honestly though, it's just something that you come to in time, after a lot of practice. I've tried but I usually mess even the simplest things up (garter stitch scarves are usually idiot proof but not when I'm knitting them...). Although, I can manage to do some crocheting during a movie and actually watch while I work. But then, I've been crocheting far longer than I've been knitting.
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« Reply #15 on: September 17, 2007 07:57:52 AM »

Although I make myself dizzy sometimes if I'm knitting fast (and looking at it)...lol. Tongue

Ha ha!  I thought it was just me... I don't knit much, but I crochet, and sometimes it makes my head spin if I'm really going for it!  I can't really crochet without looking either - I can always spot the bits I've done with the TV on, cos there are more mistakes...  I used to know someone who could read a book and knit at the same time, which I thought was pretty amazing (her knitting was super fast and neat, too!).
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« Reply #16 on: September 17, 2007 08:12:39 AM »

SO YOU ACTUALLY LOOK AT THE TV!!!?!?!?!??!?!?... I can knit blind, actually I almost never look at my work, I just "feel" it, but then again, I rarely look at the tv screen ^^ If the show/Movie is any good, just listening to the dialog is enough to let me understand what's happening, so I focus on something else (Say drawing, crochet, knitting, sewing, whatever).
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« Reply #17 on: September 17, 2007 09:57:18 AM »

This may sound obvious (?), but I recently realized that I can actually use my left thumb to both feel and kind of separate the stitch to be knitted. And I've tried putting in stitch markers after figuring out where they may be helpful... good because it cuts down on the counting but it also slows me down a lot, not sure how I feel about it yet.
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« Reply #18 on: September 17, 2007 10:41:42 AM »

Yeah, feeling the stitches with your left thumb or finger is part of it. Helps if you have a repetitive pattern too.
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« Reply #19 on: September 17, 2007 10:55:50 AM »

I found that I can do stockinette in the round without looking.  Haven't gotten much further than that though.  I think it's a matter of practice.  I discovered I was doing it one day when talking to someone and realized I was still knitting even though I wasn't looking at it - then I got all paranoid that I'd dropped a stitch or something, and was really happy to see that I hadn't!
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« Reply #20 on: September 17, 2007 01:59:59 PM »

I can knit without looking, even hold a conversation with someone, keeping normal eye contact, while knitting on autopilot.
I dunno...for some reason I really like to watch the knitting, and the fabric unfolding ect. I'm all about the process.
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« Reply #21 on: September 17, 2007 02:53:25 PM »

I'm working on Knitty's Clapotis for my sister and since there are a lot of really straight-forward repeats and I've done this project before, most of it has been knitted while watching TV. I must confess I've been watching re-runs of "The Hills" while knitting it. Am I the only person who thinks Spencer is a jerk? Anyway, I'm also working on Knitty's Cherie Amour, which has a lace pattern and I've found I can listen to the TV, but I really have to pay attention to what I'm doing knitting-wise.
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« Reply #22 on: September 19, 2007 08:15:51 AM »

I just started wicked from zephyrstyle.com and i can do most of it without looking. 2x2 rib, but not the crossovers(which, btw, are kind of cool and kind of annoying, but i like how they look.)
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« Reply #23 on: September 19, 2007 08:23:48 AM »

I can do 2x2 ribbing in my sleep.  I have knit so many 2x2 ribbed socks that I can do it without looking (except for the obvious parts, like heel turn, kitchener stitch, etc.).  garter stitch also works great for tv watching and stockingette as well. 
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« Reply #24 on: September 19, 2007 08:33:38 AM »

I can do 2x2 ribbing, flat garter, and stockinette in the round without looking.  This summer, I ended up watching all three Blade movies in a row without looking  Cheesy  If I knit stitch patterns that I'm not used to, or ones with an odd(not like, odd even, but like quirky odd) number of stitches/pattern repeats, I have to divide my attention.

I think it's just a matter of practice.  I'm knitting constantly (morning,bus,school,bus,home,etc) so I'm used to multitasking with it.
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