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Topic: Friends don't let friends do only garter stitch!  (Read 2297 times)
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« on: September 26, 2007 09:34:36 PM »

This wasn't a project exactly, but I thought I'd post it.

I was very excited for my friend Ginger, whose birthday was today. I taught her to purl today, so a whole new world has opened up for her Smiley
 
So, now that she is able to do so many more things, I decided to make her a little stitch swatch to help her learn the basic stitches, since now she no longer has to stick with just garter stitch for all the Christmas scarves she wants to make this year. I did a few rows of each stitch, and attached little cards with instructions or notes.
 
You know, it was a bit weird for me to do this because I can do these stitches so automatically now, that I hardly ever stop to think about the actual instructions - I just know what theyre supposed to LOOK like, so I dont really think about what Im doing anymore. So to have to write out instructions was actually difficult for me. Well, for seed stitch and ribbing, anyway.
 
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I didnt want to add more than that - she was really scared of purling for so long Smiley I dont want to scare her.

Thanks for looking!
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« Reply #1 on: September 26, 2007 09:45:00 PM »

that's such a great idea! i've been teaching a friend to knit...slowly...and these would be a great next step.
great idea!
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« Reply #2 on: September 26, 2007 10:32:26 PM »

That's so nice of you to do that for your friend, welcoming her into the world of craft/hobbies. Is knitting difficult to learn?
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« Reply #3 on: September 26, 2007 11:11:56 PM »

It's not difficult, but it definitely requires practice for your hands to get used to the motions. I don't know, I would say it's about "muscle memory." The actual act of knitting (and purling) is not difficult. Deciphering patterns and figuring out how to substitute yarn is a different story Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: September 27, 2007 02:06:32 AM »

I think that's a really thoughtful and helpful gift, alongside the teaching.  Happy birthday, Ginger Smiley
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« Reply #5 on: September 27, 2007 02:07:34 AM »

Thats so nice of you. I'm learning at the moment, but don't have anyone to teach me, other than Mr Interwebs and Miss Books that is. Your friends very lucky. What a great idea.

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« Reply #6 on: September 27, 2007 08:21:26 AM »

i read the title of this post and my immediate thought was "amen, sister!!!"  what a fun idea.
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« Reply #7 on: September 27, 2007 11:08:41 AM »

What a great idea!!  Pictures or written out descriptions can only take a (new) knitter so far, having a piece of actual knitting to examine would be so helpful. 
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« Reply #8 on: September 27, 2007 12:18:24 PM »

this is an awesome gift!  great idea!
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« Reply #9 on: September 27, 2007 06:04:38 PM »

So cute! I really like that idea.
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